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Gimme Shelter Concert Brings The Beach To Las Vegas

It was a great evening for the 4th annual Gimme Shelter Concert at Lake Las Vegas to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.

Written by Carly Gealy

Cinco De Mayo at Lake Las Vegas this year was definitely a night to remember. Combine great music, a beautiful atmosphere, and generous supporters and you have the 4th annual Gimme Shelter Concert to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. This year’s event featured beach sounds from the most famous authorized Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Landsharks. Dressed in their best beachwear they delighted the audience with Buffett classics and a few of their own melodies. Parrot heads and non-parrot heads alike seemed to enjoy the performance and happily danced along from sunset till sundown.

In addition to the live entertainment there were also several groups hosting booths at the event. Folks strolled along the lakeside venue going from booth to booth stopping to chat with the wide array of exhibitors. All in all spectators and supports seemed to enjoy the laid back atmosphere and were happy to lend their support.

The beautiful Lake Las Vegas backdrop, warm temperatures, and island-like breezes made it feel like paradise. While there weren’t any cheeseburgers to speak of, there was a lot of love for Heaven Can Wait. Henderson resident Joe Richards explains, “My wife and I came out to support Heaven Can Wait because of all of the work they do for local animals. We love that the money stays here in Las Vegas where we need it.” He adds, “We have 3 rescue dogs of our own, and they have given us so much, it is only right we do what we can to give back.” Giving back is exactly what the Richards, and all of the night’s supporters, did that May 5th evening.  Everyone that attended generously made a $20 donation to help fund programs at Heaven Can Wait, including spay/neuter and adoptions. Their donation made them eligible to win a 2-night stay at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. But the real winners were the animals that will soon benefit from the funds raised that evening. Heaven Can Wait would like to thank all of the supporters and volunteers that came out and they look forward to doing it all again next year.

If you missed this year’s concert, don’t worry, there are still lots of ways you can help. Go to www.hcws.org  today for more information on donating and volunteering.

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