Franklin’s Friends is proud to present the eighth annual "Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed." gala. In the context of COVID-19, it will be an island themed outdoor hybrid event with the option to attend virtually. Don't miss this spectacular evening.
May 15, 2021
The seventh annual HOWL-O-WEEN (v2020) featured virtual games and contests - and best of all raised almost $23,000 for local animal welfare!
October 24, 2020
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Franklin’s Friends is proud to present the 8th annual Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. gala on May 15, 2021. It will be a magical evening with exemplary wines, gourmet cuisine, spectacular live and silent auctions, and a private art sale. WESH 2 News anchors Jason Guy and Michelle Imperato will return to host the event.
In the context of COVID-19, the event will be a hybrid event with the option to attend virtually. The in-person option will be held at the outdoor pavilion at the Holy Trinity Reception Center in Maitland. There will be a fun island theme and social distancing and masking will be strictly enforced. In fact, we have decided to embrace the face mask requirement and make it a
"face mask-erade" ball! So start planning your fabulous mask (glamorous or humorous) – because there will be a contest for best mask! Our comprehensive safety plan was developed with guidance from our partners at AdventHealth.
For safety, in person tickets will be sold only as tables of 2, 4, or 8. Between the in person and virtual options, we anticipate more than 250 animal lovers will come together to support Franklin’s Friends and local animal welfare.
In 2020, Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. was fully virtual and raised over $107,000 dollars.
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"Great informative videos from Franklin Friends. Entertaining and engaging emcees. Fun trivia games. Good quality of the live-streaming video"
"Considering the pandemic it was a great way to participate, and enjoy the festivities and raise monies for pet welfare"
"Although an online event can never replace a true gala, I believe allowing patrons to participate virtually is a great way to include others"
"The ease of food and wine pick up (was great). I didn’t have to worry about what to make for my guests"
"(It was) engaging and demonstrated a commitment to the cause"
"Good flow, emcees kept it moving
Franklin’s Friends was proud to present the seventh annual HOWL-O-WEEN on October 24, 2020. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the event looked a little bit different this year but it was a ton of fun for the whole family!
We started with peer to peer fundraising- raising almost $20,000 on our dojiggy platform.
Our first annual online Pet Costume Photo contest featured some amazing costumes, generated fierce competition and raised almost $3,000. Click here to see all the dog and cat entries!
Then, on October 24, we all joined a zoom meeting with 98.9 WMMO's Denise Ryan as emcee. We had a virtual scavenger hunt, a zoom background contest, and played virtual trivia and bingo!! Pet Photo Costume Contest Winners were announced as well as top individual and team fundraisers.
Best of all we raised almost $23,000 for local animal welfare!