Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will host its annual fundraising gala, Mardi Paws, at the Castlewood Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 22. The New Orleans-themed event, beginning at 6 p.m., will include champagne, appetizers, dinner, and a Dessert Dash, along with live and silent auctions.

Auction items will include trips, winery tours, and dinner at award-winning restaurants. Discover the Soul of the Big Easy with a four-day trip to New Orleans, including a New Orleans School of Cooking class. Or bid on a seven-day Wild African Safari resort stay for two. Also up for auction will be a barbecue dinner party for 12 prepared

in your home by Food Network’s BBQ Pitmaster finalist and Blue-Ribbon Winner John “Bones” Melone; a getaway for two at the luxurious Hotel Yountville Resort & Spa, including dinner at Lucy Restaurant; and a four-course VIP Dinner Party for eight at the Forbes Mill Steakhouse.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, which rescues more than 1,000 animals every year, provides urgent medical care, spay/neutering, temporary foster care, and forever homes for dogs and cats they save.

This year’s gala is sponsored by Baron’s Jewelers, Comcast, and Pet Supplies Plus. Tickets are $125 per person, and available at www.tvar.org. Dress is cocktail or country club casual (no denim). For more information, call (918) 518-9880.