Table captains are an integral part of the success we experience each year at PAWS Wild Night. Table captains are responsible for inviting guests to their table who they believe will add value to the evening. During the event, it is then the table captain’s responsibility to ensure everyone is having a great time and participating to the max!
Who can be a table captain?
How do I register as a table captain?
Do I have to fill all 10 seats to be a Table Captain?
How do I invite people to join my table?
What is my responsibility before PAWS Wild Night?
What is my responsibility during PAWS Wild Night?
What is my responsibility after PAWS Wild Night?
Any individual, couple, or business can become a table captain, and every table captain will receive special recognition in the auction catalog.
You can register online here or respond via the Table Captain RSVP form you received with your Table Captain invitation letter. You have the option to captain a general table or a VIP table.
You do not have to buy a full table personally and fill it, although many Table Captains take that route. Some PAWS Wild Night table captains instead ask their tablemates to purchase their own tickets, which attracts new and returning attendees to engage in supporting PAWS’ life-saving work for the coming year.
Filling your table is as simple as extending the invitation. We all love to be invited to events, and your friends will thank you for thinking of them. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whomever else you feel may have an interest in supporting the efforts of PAWS.
The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by telephone, or e-mail. Being clear about the date, cost, method to buy tickets, and perhaps, most importantly, let them know why you are passionate about PAWS.
We will provide you with an information sheet that you can share with your guests, which includes all the important information they will want to know about the evening.
Welcome your guests to the PAWS family by sharing your favorite PAWS stories and memories. There are many great stories on our blog and social media, but sharing the personal reasons why you love PAWS is a sure-fire way to get your guests excited too.
Aside from inspiring stories of saving lives, you can also give your guests the inside scoop by telling them about some great auction items and activities you know they'll love.
Make it personal by adding your own flair to your table. Special name tags, gift bags and party favors make your guests feel welcomed and cared for, and more motivated to save lives. (Tiny bottles of liquor were a crowd favorite for party favors, but you didn't hear it from us!)
Team up by setting goals for your table. Go in on auction items that you can all enjoy - party package for 20, anyone? Suggest that your guests match your Fund-A-Need gift, or decide on a group goal - can your table raise $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 during the Fund-A-Need portion of the night?
Motivate and inspire your guests by reminding them about the great cause they are supporting. Help quiet the room down during Fund-A-Need so no one loses sight of the important work that you and they make possible. Meeting and greeting other guests is all part of the fun, but there's no need to abandon your table; introduce your guests to the people in the room who inspire you.
Thank your guests for saving lives. Their passion and generosity help PAWS save the lives of more than 8,500 cats, dogs, and wildlife every year. We couldn't do it without them, or you.
Educate your guests on new ways to get involved. There are many volunteer opportunities at PAWS, from feeding baby birds to office work, dog walking to public outreach - it's likely there's a great fit for every guest at your table. Or, perhaps your guests would be interested in becoming foster parents for companion animals who need a second chance. And, there's always loving cats and dogs looking for new, forever homes at PAWS! On the giving side, remind your guests about matching gifts from their employer. We will send them all the information they need to get started.