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SAGA Humane Society would like to give a big Thank You to Brandy Deangelo and the entire staff of Luna Loca for hosting our Cook Off Appetizers January 22.    There was an air of cheerful enthusiasm as the Chef’s began to arrive with their delicious entries. It was a sellout crowd who were ready to eat and kept our raffle tickets sales busy. A new option was added, VIP tables for six that could be reserved in advance. These sold quickly to Saga HS supporters Wolfgang Wind and Cara Bray to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who attended to help support Operation SNIP. It was a pleasurable night for all.

After the votes were tallied the winner was Tostones (plantain chips with ranch chicken salad) made by Letty Hernandez. 2nd Place went to host Luna Loca with Monte Cristo Bites.  3rd Place was Feliz Bar’s with Pepperoni Pretzel Pockets.  The other fine appetizers were: Stuffed Chicken bacon tomatoes- Carolina Zapata, Fruity Chicken Salad wraps -Renee Steinmetz, Jalapeno Bread with sausage- Carolina Zapata. We are grateful to the Chef’s for their delicious entries, creativity and for their support.

We had some first-rate raffle prizes, Mata Rocks gift certificate, Castillo’s Hardware gift certificate, and a beautiful necklace. We value the charitable support from our local business community through their donations.

Such events would not be possible if not for the hard work of our volunteers. Thank you for your dedication; Rene Steinmetz, Iliana Paj, Heather Smith, Janina Canales, Letty Hernandez, Jacqueline Cervoni, Kathy Marin, Alice Corrigan and Faith Noel.

Saga Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their continued support.


Luna Loca knows It’s Hip to SNIP!


Saga HS would like to give a genuine Thank You to everyone involved in making Cook Off- Appetizers a successful night.  Average Joe’s (AJ’s) was the host of the event August 8.  There was much excitement in the air because Saga Director Heather Beck and family were there filming with HGTV House Hunters International. We had a sellout crowd who dressed in their island finest to show our generous community spirit. The proceeds of the night will help 30 low income pets be sterilized for FREE through Operation SNIP. Thank you AJ’s for hosting us, the HGTV film crew and our supporters for an enjoyable evening.

There were eight great entries into this month’s contest. Appetizers were the theme and it is always a popular theme for our many talented chefs to contribute their skills.  After all the votes were counted Alexis Gonzalez was the 1st prize winner Bacon wrapped shrimp.  2nd prize winner went to Lonestar Grill with Curried Shrimp Baguette with mango chutney.  We had a tie for 3rd prize between Feliz Bar’s Bacon Wrap Wienies in Pineapple BBQ sauce and Black Orchid Restaurant’s Philly Bites.  The other mouth watering entries were Ham & Cheese Poppers by Elizabeth Bertsche, Sushi by Sharon Metcalfe, Chicken Nuggets by Carolina Gonzalez ,  Chipotle Mango wings and Tamarind Wings by Geraldine (host AJ’s). Thank you all for your time and effort spent supporting our efforts.  We appreciate it.

Local business generously supported the night with donations for our famous raffle.  The raffle prizes were a Digicell (BTL) gift Basket,  A & R $25 gift certificate and 24hr Golf Cart rental from Ultimate Rentals. Thank you for your commitment to supporting your community.

The night was made possible by our hardworking volunteers. Thank you for helping make the night a sellout success. Volunteers were Renee Steinmetz, Paige Marie, Alice Corrigan, Iliana Paj, Carolina Gonzalez, Ingrid Lima, Geovanni Martinez, Janina Canales , Heather Smith, Grant Crimmins and Valentino for playing great music.  Thank you Rebecca Coutant of the San Pedro Scoop for blogging about the event.

AJ’s knows It’s Hip to SNIP!