By Janet McAfee

You are invited to start the New Year 2022 at a celebration with fellow animal lovers from 11:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, January 1.    The exotic BG Bird Garden estate in Palm Desert, designed like a tropical Brazilian rain forest, is the venue for this first-of-its kind fundraiser.  And yes, you can wear pajamas or other comfortable lounge wear!

Lindi and Geno Biggi once again open their home for guests to enjoy.  The beautiful rescued birds on the grounds will greet you upon arrival.  Two thatched covered bars in the back yard will provide refreshment.  Stroll past a lovely water lagoon housing live flamingos while sipping a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Guests will enjoy a fabulous buffet brunch.  An amazing ice sculpture designed like a large Dachshund dog will dispense vodka at the Bloody Mary bar.

Live entertainment by some of my favorite local musicians make the day even more special.  You may recognize Tim Burleson, Sharon Stills, and Patrick Swain, popular regulars who entertain at Coachella Valley venues.  Football fans can watch televised games on a giant outdoor monitor shaded by a thatched roof.  Mix and mingle with friendly animal lovers.  New Year 2022 is a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.


Galiena Jacobs performs a tasteful strip fashion show, modeling some “must have” outfits from The Shops on San Pablo.  If you are unsure about what to wear to the New Year’s Day party, the Shops on San Pablo Street in Palm Desert have some adorable dog and cat decorated pajamas.

Lindi Biggi founded Loving All Animals in 2008 with the goal of helping stray homeless animals and those facing euthanasia in our overcrowded public shelters.  Lindi’s creativity helped transform the image of “flea bitten mutts in shelters” to that of loving grateful creatures deserving of a second chance home.  With boundless enthusiasm, she organized a series of annual Wizard of Oz themed Super Pet Adoption Fairs bringing shelters throughout Southern California together for record setting adoptions.  Making it fun resulted in thousands more animals getting loving homes.  Owning a rescue dog, cat, bird or horse is now your badge of honor!

Funds raised at the Pajama Party fund rescue efforts for homeless dogs and cats, veterinary work, spay and neuter, pet food, supplies, adoption and shelter services.  Loving All Animals operates an animal shelter in Coachella in addition to a foster home network.  Their work includes humane education, bottle feeding fostering for neonatal kittens and puppies, pet food for food banks, and funds for Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR for community cat colonies),

Kudos to event honorary chair Patty Newman.  Thanks to committee co-chairs Lorie Loftis, Barbara Rogers, and CJ Westrick-Bomar for their planning and creative work.  They obtained some exciting surprise raffle prizes.

Make a New Year’s resolution not to miss this incredible event!  Tickets are $100 per person.  Call (760) 834-7000  for reservations as this will soon sell out.