Thursday, August 28, 2008
‘Dogs Days of Summer’ big hit
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society held its second annual fund-raiser for the society at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697 and it was a big success by all accounts.
The August 16 event included great food - all prepared by Humane Society volunteers - an auction that included over 140 items, and music at the Service Station.
“Dog Days of Summer” was chosen as the theme because of the emphasis on dogs, according to auction organizers Maggie Holmes and Jeanine Kahrs.
Several cakes and pecan pies prepared by Mae Thompson were auctioned off as well as some nice vacation trips, Kahrs said.
Holmes and Kahrs took responsibility for obtaining all the items for auction, while Sherri Janssen coordinated the cooking with help from chef Lynn Pullen.
Janssen said Pullen loves to cook, as she does, and always helps with cooking at fund-raising events at the VFW.
Other volunteers putting in long hours or providing critical help to get things ready or conduct the event included Melissa Chipman, president of the society; Kim Johnston, who put in hours in the kitchen then helped welcome guests; Denise Darrah, who did all the computer work; Carmen Marlin, who lent major support for organizing auction tables; Wanda Boyd, among those who spent 16 “man hours” in the kitchen peeling shrimp and wrapping it in bacon for the broiler; and Jake and Kim Pederson of Hernando, who donated the tablecloths and dishes for the tables.
Elton Bray was auctioneer for the live auction. Joanne Huff provided the chocolate fountain, and Bill Janssen carved the watermelon baskets for the fruit.
Several thousand dollars were raised at the event, and after deduction of expenses, all monies go to the society’s Animal Adoption Center, Janssen said.
“We especially thank everyone who supported us - the volunteers and the people who came out,” she said. ‘It was a very big night for the Olympics and Michael Phelps, and they came out anyway. It was a wonderful turnout and those girls (Kahrs and Holmes) did a great job.
“I was very impressed with how everything was done with a lot of class.”
The Olympics were shown on big screen television at the Service Station (bar), where the Memphis Yahoos band provided entertainment.
Attendance was estimated at 100, volunteers included, who are required to buy tickets, as well, Janssen said.
“We don’t get food free,” she said. ‘That’s what volunteering is about in our group. Volunteers get no reimbursement for their expenses and have to buy tickets, too. We have the loveliest group of people in our Humane Society group.”
The Marshall County Humane Society meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the VFW. Anyone who wants to make a donation, become a member, volunteer their time and labor, or be a cheerleader for the society, is encouraged to meet the group at monthly meetings.
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