Evening Events

Important: If meals (dinners, lunches) are available at the event, they will be subject to an additional $10-15 charge, which will be passed on to the attendee. Please pre-purchase your tickets to avoid extra cost and disappointment if tickets are not available. Most items will NOT be available after the store closes.

Price:  $30
Date: Monday, April 15th
Time: TBD
Event Chair:  Gwen Wells

Kicking off the week of national is your Welcome Party Monday evening!  Our buffet meal this year will be a Fiesta meal, including chicken and beef fajitas, mixed greens, tortilla chips with queso and guacamole, refried beans, Spanish rice and Tres Leches cake for desert. A cash bar will also be provided. 

COWBOY HAT BAR: Thanks to the generosity of the Mesquite Visitor’s Bureau, each person in attendance will be GIVEN a cowboy hat of their own to keep and wear all week. In addition we are providing an assortment of décor items that you may use to personalize your hat with your own festive unique touches. 

Return of the Corn Hole Competition. Such a hit last year it’s back again. This year we will have two complete sets for more teams to play. Pick your partner now and let’s heat up the competition again. 

NOW FOR THE BIG ATTRACTION:  A Rodeo party would not  be complete with out a Bull. Yep! On Monday night only and through the generosity of a sponsor, we will have an authentic mechanical bull right in the ball room.  Professional cowboys will be on hand to operate him through the evening. You can ride him (at various speeds) or get your picture made with him.  This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. 

Prizes will be offered for a variety of fun competitions so break out your boots and buckles and plan to attend the welcome party this year.

Break out the western wear and join us for a great meal, let your hair down, and enjoy some door prizes,  and light-hearted games & activities.  Sponsored by the ACKCSC.

This could be the most fun you’ve ever had at a welcome party!

Rescue Trust Event

Please note
: Funds are never taken from the Rescue Trust to pay for our Rescue Celebration. The event is fully sponsored by individuals who have donated the funds to host the event and even help underwrite the cost of your meal.  Enjoy the event, and let’s celebrate Rescue!



Howdy, Cavalier enthusiasts!

We’re gearing up for our annual FUNdraiser at the ACKCS Club’s National Show in Mesquite, Texas, the Paw-some Event of the Year!

It’s an Urban Cowboy night of fun, festivities, rescue parade, and fur-tastic celebrations on Tuesday, April 16th! 

Join us for an evening of Urban Cowboy line dancing and FUNdraising!

Dolly Parton look-alike contest for both two-legged and four-legged attendees.

𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗧𝗦 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗨𝗕𝗕𝗟𝗘𝗦 – Because everything is bigger and better in Texas! Dust off your cowboy boots and join us for a night filled with music, dinner, laughter, joy, and Cavaliers galore!

𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗬 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗔 𝗖𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗘 – Help us continue our pawsitively amazing work by participating in our SILENT AUCTION!

Calling all crafters, artists, jewelers, and dog lovers! Donate unique items like spaniel bowls, Cavalier-inspired jewelry, toys fit for royalty, collectibles, vintage treasures, or artwork showcasing our beloved breed.

𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀:
All items for our auction must be received by April 1st. If you’re bringing it to the show, email a clear photo and details by April 1st to: celebraterescue@gmail.com
Ship items to CAVALIER RESCUE TRUST, 14630 SE 25th Street, Choctaw, OK 73020, by April 5th.

𝗟𝗨𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗦 – Light up the night with luminarias to honor your favorite dogs or people! These beautiful displays will grace our event, and if you can’t make it, we’ll mail them to you.
$25 each or 5 for $100, all funds go towards savings lives!

Cocktails & wines*, appetizers and a Rescue Parade! ♦ Line dance instructor at the beginning of the evening!Cash bar available for liquor drinksRescue Parade! ♦ No sad videos! ♦ Door prizes! ♦ Silent Auction! ♦ Raffle!

TEXAS RANCHER’S BUFFET includes 1 drink ticket for the bar and complementary bubbly  $45

  • Tossed Field Greens with Choice of Dressing
  • Applewood Smoked Brisket in Honey Chipotle
  • Grilled Hill Country Sausage with Pepper & Caramelized Onions
  • Shiner Bock Borracho Beans
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Cheddar Bacon Potatoes
  • Corn Bread
  • Bread Pudding
  • Iced Tea

Special dietary restrictions? Please note in the comment section and we will accommodate your request.

Cost:  $45/person
$15 for rescue parade entry, includes rosette

Date: Tuesday Evening, April 16
Time: TBD
Event Chair: Renee Bruns & Glenda Schroeder 

Join us in our Luminaries for Rescue!  This year’s Luminaries will support the ACKCS Rescue Trust. 

Donate a lovely luminary  in memory of a dog you have lost, a dog you have loved, a person who has fostered your interest in Cavaliers, your breeder, or just in recognition of our beautiful and loving breed.  Each luminary will bear the name of the dog/person you wish to honor.  Luminaries are $25 each (or 5 for $100) and will constitute a donation to the ACKCS Rescue Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization.   Let’s light up the night with our love for Cavaliers and make this a truly memorable event! You can take your bag home as a memento at the end of the evening — and if you can’t attend, we’ll even mail it to you if you’d like.

I-Give Travel Discounts & Information…

Don’t forget that you can take advantage of travel discounts AND help support the Cavalier Rescue Trust at no cost to you when you make your travel arrangements through www.Igive.com portal or by downloading their browser.  

When you register for this free service, you can designate the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Trust as your beneficiary charitable organization.  Igive.com then donates a small portion of your purchase back to the Rescue Trust.
Its an easy, painless way to help displaced cavaliers in need of your assistance.

Charitable Health Trust LogoCharitable Trust Auction & Awards Banquet

One of the special highlights of the National Specialty, this is an evening not to be missed!  Good times, good friends, good food! Cash bar. Celebrate  Cavaliers that achieved Register of Merit & Legion of Merit and Advanced Performance Awards. The Patricia L. Kanan Award for Outstanding Service to the Charitable Trust is also awarded.  
This year we will be having a Live Auction of a few very special Items at the banquet. Silent auctions will be offered in the exhibition hall each day. These auctions support research into issues affecting the life, health and longevity of our dogs! Funds raised at this event enable the Charitable Trust to continue its important work in Cavalier health research.
The Charitable Trust was started in 2002 by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club “for the protection of the health of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel”.
We’ll start with the signature salad with fresh field greens, julienned carrots, sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, with ranch & raspberry vinaigrette dressing
  • Champaigne Chicken: sautéed with creamy champagne sauce, wild rice and seasonal vegetables

  • Flat Iron Steak: seared steak with mushroom demi-glace, roasted yukon potatoes and seasonal vegetables

  • Vegetarian: Roasted Portabella layered with Additional Seasonal Roasted  Veggies

Desert will be Chef’s choice of a Chocolate desert and a non-chocolate desert

Cost:  $50
(Children’s meals available)
Date: Thursday Evening, April 18th
Event Chair: Helen Jesse

Reserved Banquet Table

Reserved Banquet Table – Want to sit with your friends at the Charitable Health Trust banquet?  You can reserve a seating for Ten (10) persons.

INSTRUCTIONS: AFTER all persons sitting at your table have purchased their tickets,  contact Elaine Challacombe e-chal@umn.edu and she will provide you with a one-time use, customer-specific password for your table purchase. 

If you have any questions, contact Elaine at (area code 651), phone number 343-6441.


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