Capital Area Humane Society’s 10TH Annual Fur Ball Yes, Spring is in the air and that can mean only one thing! It’s time for the Capital Area Humane Society’s 10th Annual Fur Ball. Every year the Fur Ball has a unique theme, this year was no exception. VIVA PAWS VEGAS!! You guessed it … a twist on Las Vegas, complete with all the fun and excitement. The evening’s event featured great décor of black, red and glitz, right down to the huge feather centerpieces on the tables. New this year, keeping with the Las Vegas theme, casino style gaming was available before and following dinner. I’m not too lucky at games of chance, but it looked to me like I was in the minority, because the tables were packed. Those of you who have read my coverage of Fur Balls past know that we always take our, now 5-year-old goldendoodle, Miss Lilly Bo to the event. This year was no exception. She’s gone enough times now to know what’s in store, the minute we pull into the parking lot at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Fresh from a trip to the dog scrub, (a girl has to look her very best on the night of the Ball) she’s out of the car and pulling my husband across the parking lot to the door … Miss Lilly Bo loves the entire event; all the new dog friends, just waiting to be met; the dog spa where she gets dinner and is fussed over all evening by her own personal attendant and of course the “Doggie Parade.” Miss Lilly Bo had the honor this year of leading the parade. Not that we were proud doggie parents or anything, but she did looked spectacular, as did all the dogs parading across the stage and through the dining room, as the crowd cheered. The Fur Ball, of course, needs local celebrities to host the evening’s program, keep everything running on time and help with the live auction. This year was no exception, keeping everything moving on time were two local TV personalities; Cheryl Fritz and Evan Pinsonnault. I’m not sure who was having more fun, the crowd or the two of them. At any rate they both have a love for animals and were honored to be a huge part of the evening! It takes not only, staff and volunteers to provide for our shelter animals, it takes money. The shelter operates solely on donations and grants, no government funds are ever received. That said, the money raised at the Fur Ball provides a substantial portion of the operating budget. I don’t have the final numbers for this year, but I’m hoping it will be a record. I have had the pleasure in past years to not only attend the Fur Ball, but served on the committee for several years. The opportunity to raise money in support of animals is one of my passions. Giving animals an opportunity to find a “forever home” is something I wish we could provide for all the animals that come through the doors at the shelter. It always warms my heart to listen to people at the event talk about the pets that they have adopted, and what a huge role that animal plays in their families. We found that out two years ago when we adopted a miniature Akita from the Capital Area Humane Society. Our Winston has added a whole new dynamic to the family, maybe a puppy was just what we needed! If you were not able to attend the Fur Ball this year, you missed a fun evening and we missed you. The Ball is always held in April, I hope next year will be the year that you join us. In the meantime the Humane Society is always accepting donations. Please help all the animals find their “forever home.”
Deborah Ginsburg is a community volunteer and is employed with Sparrow Health System.