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The Great Catsby Gala Weekend

THANK YOU for joining us for a weekend of purr-fection for our inaugural gala weekend, including: The Great Catsby, A Speakeasy Gala for RubyCats, on Caturday, March 23, 2024.

We had a blast hosting this inaugural fundraiser for our upcoming cat café in downtown Toledo.

There are SO MANY to thank who made this weekend a roaring success. See below for our appreciations.

Photos by Jennifer Bak (

A sneak peek from the weekend

THANK YOU: Tasty Bites & Drinks

We are incredibly grateful for being able to feature some of the finest local tastes Toledo has to offer, including food from Smokin' Olive Deli and Catering, Poco Piatti, Balance Pan-Asian Grille, Doc Watson's, So Many Somethings Desserterie, Black Pearl, Lulu Fare, Cake in a Cup, and more!


Our thanks also goes out to our amazing bartenders who crafted some delicious drinks. Plus, we had local refreshments from our amazing friends at Grindhrs Co. and Boochy Mama's Kombucha.

THANK YOU: Auction & Raffle Contributions

The Great Catsby featured the opportunity to bid on one of a kind local items and we are honored to feature some wonderful items, such as:

  • Artwork by Dani Herrera from paperDENIMart

  • Botox from Dr. Sarah Stierman at Dermatology Associates

  • A package of skincare valued over $500 from Jarrod DelVecchio at Regen Aesthetics

  • An authentic Japanese Kimono from Kimono Kitsune

  • A years worth of ice cream from Handel's Ice Cream

  • A generous photo package from Bradley E. Piri

  • A craft humidor from Spalted Stag Studio

  • Tickets from The Croswell Opera House

  • Collection of vinyl albums from ​NoNoise Records


Plus, we had gift baskets and gift cards from:

  • Asherah's Garden

  • Luna DreamCatcher LLC

  • Buff City Soap

  • The Wright Mobile Grooming

  • The Awakening 4 All

  • Allied Record Exchange - Reynolds

  • Calvino's Restaurant and Wine Bar

  • Grateful Pet Grooming Salon

  • Simply Pet Grooming

  • Georgjz419 – Fun, Food, & Spirits

  • The Blarney Irish Pub


Additionally, we featured local handmade jewelry, glassware from Libbey, and pins and stickers from Purrsnicketea.


We couldn't have hosted this event without some amazing local partners who provided some of the decorations, furniture, and other services for The Great Catsby.

  • Table and chairs thanks to the Collingwood Arts Center

  • Décor and area rugs thanks to Lovitt by Design - Home Stager & Interior Design

  • Furniture and lamps thanks to the Willow Center

  • Red carpets courtesy St. Catherine of Siena

  • Photography by Jennifer Bak

  • Photography by Bradley E. Piri

Sharing more thank yous in the coming days!

The Great Catsby Gala Weekend Details

Friday, March 22: Pre-Gala VIP Night
  • 7-9 p.m.

  • Exclusive first look at cat café transformation (no cats yet)

  • Upscale bites, premium drinks and themed cocktails/mocktails

  • Auction and more

  • Live music by Gretchen Luttrell Richie and Randy Richie 

  • Black tie optional

  • 21 and older


Saturday, March 23: A Speakeasy Gala for RubyCats
  • 6-9 p.m.

  • Themed cocktails/mocktails, local tastes

  • Inside cat café during transformation (no cats yet)

  • Auction and more

  • Live music by Lori Lefevre

  • Dress to impress or come in your best 1920s glitz and glam

  • 21 and older


Sunday, March 24: Post-Gala Brunch
  • 1-3 p.m.

  • Meow-mosas, Flapurrjacks, and sweets

  • Inside cat café during transformation (no cats yet)

  • Live music by Kevin Foster

  • Dress to impress

  • Family Friendly

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