Friends of Richmond Animal League to Enjoy the Tastes of Richmond at Sugar & Spice 2014

Cupcakes, chili, ice cream and barbeque. What do they have in common? They will all be available for tasting on February 22 at Richmond Animal League's Sugar & Spice event. Starting at 6:30 pm at Willow Oaks Country Club, animal lovers and community members can gather to try sweet treats and spicy delights, cocktails, music and dancing, all to support the homeless animals of Central Virginia.

"This is the first year for this event" commented special events manager Elizabeth Thomas. "RAL loves RVA and we are really excited to showcase some great area eateries and, at the same time, raise funds for the 1,700 animals in our care every year."

In addition to a silent auction of items donated by Richmond-area merchants and community members, Sugar & Spice 2014 will feature the first annual Small Art with Big Heart art auction. Artists from around the nation have created 5"x5"pieces of art that in some way reflect RAL's mission of SAVING LIVES: providing hope, help, and homes for animals in need. This tiny art will be part of a tiny auction that will have a big impact on the lives of homeless pets.

Tickets for Sugar & Spice 2014 can be purchased on the event's website ( or at the shelter, located off Midlothian Turnpike at 11401 International Drive. All proceeds from the event will support the more than 1,700 animals rescued by Richmond Animal League each year. With the help of sponsors Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. DDS & Associates, Dr. Joe Niamtu and April Niamtu, Canine Adventure,, First Capital Bank, and Three Chopt Animal Clinic, RAL hopes to raise more than $20,000 for the animals in their care.

Richmond area eateries participating in Sugar & Spice 2014 include: Carytown Cupcakes, Gelati Celesti, Argyle Cupcakes and Frozen Yogurt, King of Pops, Dixie Donuts, Estilo, Q Barbeque, Robin's Comfort Cuisine To Go and Charley's Waterfront Café.

RAL provides shelter and love to more than 1,700 companion animals each year until they can be adopted into permanent and loving homes. Richmond Animal League is the area's oldest non-profit no-kill organization committed to reducing the homeless pet population in the Richmond area.

Information about Sugar & Spice 2014 can be found online at