The Bagatta Family of Laguna Niguel, California, invite you to attend an exclusive event

honoring the work of the Performing Animal Welfare Society and its President and Co-founder Ed Stewart.


Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
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The Carl Nolet Sr. Hospitality Center
30 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Driving Directions 

We have secured a preferred rate at the following hotel which is 1.2 miles from event site:

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Hotel: 50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA. 949-643-6700.

PAWS Group Rate: Click here to book your group rate for PAWS 35th Anniversary celebration.

King or Double $159; Jr. Suite $249; Executive Suite $279. Includes complimentary self-parking and WiFi.


Kim Gardner, PAWS Director of Programs
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Performing Animal Welfare Society


Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The Carl Nolet Sr. Hospitality Center in the Ketel One Pavilion

30 Journey, Aliso Viejo, California 92656

Special Guests

Please join event hostess and PAWS' board member Katia Bagatta for an intimate evening benefiting the rescued or retired elephants, big cats and bears living at PAWS' 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary in Northern California.

Meet PAWS President Ed Stewart who along with his partner the late Pat Derby founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society in 1984.


African elephants Thika and Mara. PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary is home to eight elephants. 


Event Includes:

Exclusive Nolet's Silver Gin Tasting

Hosted Bar

Plant-based Gourmet Buffet

Silent Auction


Seating is extremely limited!

All guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Cocktail Attire


Bear Benefactor: Four Guests, $2,000

Big Cat Advocate: Six Guests, $3,000

Elephant Champion: Eight Guests, $4,000 

To secure a hosted table,

please contact PAWS Program Director Kim Gardner:

Call or text (916) 539-5305


Rescued tiger Pharaoh in his habitat at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

Tony BagattaLegendary International Chef 

Bistro K

Nolet Distillery

Ketel One Vodka

M.J. Espiritu-Gerometta, PAWS Volunteer Executive Chef

Cindy Anderson, Pastry Chef

Kimberly McDonald

Dr. Kristina Wiley, DDS


Ben the bear lives in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary.

Based on fair market value, $250 of each paid ticket is tax deductible to full extent of the law.

All ticket sales final. No cash value. PAWS Federal ID#: 94-3005157