Fur Ball benefit

A dog is a man’s best friend, and area residents will have the chance to return that favor by attending the 10th annual Fur Ball to benefit the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

The benefit will take place Saturday at the American Legion Post 159 in Williamstown, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The event is one of the most crucial in terms of fundraising for the organization, according to Steve Herron, manager of the shelter.

“Usually during the whole year we have 14 or 15 fundraisers, but this is our biggest one by far,” he said. “We generally raise between $13,000 and $15,000 for the night.”

All proceeds raised, minus the costs of the event, go directly to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

“Since we are a nonprofit, fundraisers like this are what keep our doors open,” said Herron. “The money we raise will be split between our general, medical and our new building fund.”

The general fund helps support daily costs at the shelter and the medical fund contributes to the care of the animals.

The new building fund is something that was created after an anonymous donation was received several years ago.

“Three years ago we received a $30,000 anonymous donation that can only be used towards a new facility,” said Juanita Becker, member of the Fur Ball planning committee. “So we try to give a portion of the proceeds we make at our fundraisers towards the new facility each year.”

Admission to the event will be $15 and the doors will open at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $5 a piece, or five can be purchased for $20.

Items up for raffle include an Apple iPad, 32 inch flat screen television, Generac 6500 portable watt generator and a $100 gas gift card from Byer’s Marathon in Reno.

The event will also feature both a live and silent auction.

“This will be the first year that we are going to have a live auction,” said Herron. “We will also have a credit card machine this year so people won’t have to worry about money when bidding.”

Items that could appear in either auction include a wheelbarrow of spirits, a three-day trip to Amelia Island in Florida, and a handmade rocking horse.

The theme of the event this year is American patriotism and music will be provided by the local band Hit Parade.

“We are excited about having Hit Parade play music this year,” said Herron. “They usually sell out whenever they play because they are so popular in the community.”

For Herron this is a fun way to help provide the resources necessary for taking care of animals in the area.

“It’s a big party to come out, have fun, and support a good cause,” he said. “We are so thankful for all the support we receive each year and we are hoping to draw in some new people to the event.”

Becker said she is also optimistic that this year is going to be an even bigger success than in years past.

“I’ve had people call and ask about the event who haven’t been there before, so I believe we are going to have some new faces in the crowd,” she said. “Just make sure that you come early to get a seat, because we don’t reserve any.”

Tickets are available at the door.

Those interested in donating to the event can call 373-9503.