A group of local animal lovers are hoping area residents pause - er, paws - for a worthy cause this weekend.
The Fifth Annual Fur Ball to benefit the Randolph County Humane Society is slated for 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Halliehurst Mansion on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.
Sponsored by D&E College, the semiformal affair will feature mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres; beverages including wine, beer and soft drinks; and live entertainment by local musician Seth Maynard, according to information from the RCHS.
Tickets cost $25 per person or are available as a package of eight for $175. They may be purchased at the RCHS, located along the Weese Street extension, and at veterinarian officers throughout the Elkins area.
Proceeds will solely benefit the Humane Society, which depends on the funds to stay fully functional, said Ginny Zuboy, RCHS vice president of outreach and RCHS volunteer.
"The Fur Ball is our biggest fundraiser of the year," Zuboy said Monday. "The proceeds from the Fur Ball are very, very important to the continued operation of the shelter."
Currently, the RCHS houses numerous dogs and approximately 62 kittens and cats, Zuboy said. The agency's goal is to raise $12,000 or more to take care of those furry, four-legged residents through Friday night's gala.
"It's a very lovely evening," Zuboy said of the event. "The patrons are mostly people who are animal lovers, so it's just a nice group of people to spend an evening with. Yet, if people do not have pets, I think it's just going to be a very lovely evening for anyone who enjoys being out in a beautiful setting for some good food and great entertainment, while also supporting a really good cause.
"We hope newcomers will join us this year and help us raise much-needed funds for the residents of RCHS," Zuboy added.
In addition to food and music, the evening will include raffles, door prizes and a silent auction. Items available for sale via the silent auction are a three-month unlimited pass to the Elkins Cinema 8, a Vera Bradley tote, golfing and skiing passes, a wide assortment of pet accessories and local dining and retail gift certificates.
The RCHS prides itself on being a private, nonprofit open-admissions animal shelter that accepts most homeless, lost, neglected, injured or abandoned pets. According to information from an RCHS press release, its mission is to provide every dog and cat resident "the most humane treatment possible with regard to living conditions, medical treatment, socialization and daily care and to be their best advocate for placement in safe, loving and permanent homes."
For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the RCHS at 304-636-7844.
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