KWPD Mounted Unit Fundraiser at La te da

Kimber Tracy met up with new KWPD Mounted Unit horse Savannah and officer Matt Johnson on her way to Wednesday evening’s Divine Diner and Drag Show event a La te da, a fundraiser co-hosted by La te da proprietor Christopher Rounds and local businesswoman Jane Gardner to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses.

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 60 ticket holders experienced a four-course culinary adventure at La te da, impeccably served with select wine pairings and followed by a one-man all-live female impersonation show extravaganza presented by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth). Co-hosted by La te da proprietor Christopher Rounds and local businesswoman Jane Gardner, an estimated $25,000 raised at the event benefits a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses. “The Key West City budget provides for the stable at the Truman Waterfront, feed, hay, and basic equipment, but it’s public fundraising that supports emergency veterinarian expenses, certain specialty tack and equipment, out of budget items and even the possibility of obtaining new horses,” explained Gardner, who kicked off fundraising efforts for the Unit in November.

Feeding the big-hearted: Jane Gardner and Christopher Rounds prepare to lead guests upstairs at La te da for a Divine Dinner and Drag Show on Wednesday evening. Gardner, who has been raising money to support a tack and equipment fund for the KWPD Mounted Unit since last year, organized the event and silent auction, and Rounds donated the entire evening’s four course culinary adventure with wine pairings.
Jane Gardner (center) welcomes friends (from left) Joy Hawkins, Mimi McDonald, Steve Porter and Frances Porter to Wednesday evening’s Divine Diner and Drag Show fundraising event a La te da. Gardner and La te da proprietor Christopher Rounds cooked up the party to support a fund to purchase and donate new equipment for the Key West Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit horses.
Left to right: KWPD Mounted Unit officer Matt Johnson, Christopher Rounds, Jane Gardner, KWPD Chief Donie Lee, and KWPD Mounted Unit officer Mike Wolf at Wednesday evening’s Divine Dinner and Drag Show event at La te da.
A full house of guests were entertained by Tracey Towers (aka Trey Forsyth) who donated an after dinner performance of hits made famous by artists such as Shirley Bassy, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus and Hedwig for Wednesday evening’s Divine Diner and Drag Show KWPD Mounted Unit fundraising event a La te da.

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