Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SPCA Fur Ball raises funds for homeless pets


By Jennifer Primrose | Oct 8, 2014

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As an animal lover, there is nothing I enjoy more than supporting our local animal shelters whether it be volunteering my time or attending a fundraising event.   My all-time favorite local fundraiser has been the SPCA of Wake County’s Annual Fur Ball to raise funds to help homeless pets in Wake County.  This year, the event celebrated its 19th annual Fur Ball on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the State Club in Raleigh and both my husband and I had the pleasure of attending this black-tie event again for the 3rd year in a row.   This year’s event brought in nearly 600 guests with ticket prices at $125 or $150 at the door and the dress was black-tie preferred with many women seen adorned in cocktail dresses and ball gowns.

The evening began with perusing the many silent auction items ranging from trips, tickets to local sporting events, jewelry, wine, and of course, items to bid on for your pets as well as many more!   We were lucky enough to walk out with two auction items that night and knowing the money raised will help Fido and Fluffy is just another added bonus!   The live auction presentation took place under the tent outside.   We opted not to bid on the live auction items this year, however, the highest bid of $5,000 for “Christmas in New York” which was donated by David Basnight of Beechwood Tours was won by Terry Evans of Black Rhino Enterprises, Inc.

The Fur Ball would not be complete with the puppies all decked out in their Sunday best!   Six yellow lab/pit bull mix puppies attended this event this year and it was just what this event needed to remind us all of why we were there – for the homeless animals!

There was plenty of food and beverages including passed hors d’oeuvres, plates, salads and garden bar, hot dishes and ‘merican made desserts.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), with our late arrival that evening and our focus on bidding on some excellent silent auction items, we missed the “main courses” but not the desserts!   We enjoyed banana pudding “shots”, Dr Browns and Howling Cow ice cream floats, sweet and savory popcorn and even milk and cookies!

All in all I would say this event was another great success by the SPCA of Wake County, raising nearly $224,000!

Look for these upcoming events to benefit the SPCA:

Oct 26  Down by the Tracks

Nov 16  Santa Paws 5K