By Rikki Klaus
Special to Hometown News
PALM CITY - As a place of refuge and protection, Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary embraces animals most in need, giving care and comfort to more than 100 creatures that inhabit this 23-acre parcel.
At 4 p.m. on April 7 at Taste Casual Dining in Hobe Sound, the public can learn more about this one-of-a-kind destination for animals and animal- and nature-lovers at a special fundraiser.
The fourth annual Caribbean Night features disc jockey Lenkey Paul, a well-known South Florida DJ from Jamaica, spinning reggae and island music. Chefs will serve all-you-can-eat Jamaican food and guests can sip on specialty tropical drinks.
Sponsored by Taste, Elite Salon & Gallery and Blue Water Landscape, the event also includes a high-end silent auction with such items as a Masters flag signed by Jack Nicklaus, a Bahamas getaway and personal executive chef services.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Caring Fields and its individual nonprofits.
Caring Fields started 11 years ago, when feral cats in south Martin County needed to be relocated to a contained area, which led to the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League now overseeing adoptions and ensuring the cats in its care enjoy a safe existence under the treatment of compassionate volunteers.
Within a few years of its founding, Caring Fields added a horse barn so ERAF could move and help rescue and rehabilitate horses in need. The Pegasus Foundation, an international organization dedicated to improving animal welfare throughout the United States, the Caribbean, in Africa and on Native American lands, took over the property in 2005 and opened the facility to a humane education program.
Treasured Lands Foundation, a Martin County land trust dedicated to protecting conservation lands, imperiled habitats and crucial waterways and currently working to revive the state's land conservation fund, Florida Forever, is also on premises.
At the Charles and Barbara Birdsey Education Center, which hosts a variety of on- and off-site customized humane education programs for children and adults, it's not uncommon to see a teacher sporting a life-size cat costume, helping children understand kindness toward animals.
Caribbean Night takes place at 4 p.m. on April 7 at Taste Casual Dining. Guests can purchase $50 tickets by calling (772) 545-1227, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting Taste, located on the corner of Bridge Road and Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound. A discounted price of $350 is available for a table of eight.