Food, friends and fun

Sarge's Furry Friends Benefit Bash packs the house
By Shelby Harrell | Oct 12, 2016
Photo by: Shelby Harrell ALL FOR THE ANIMALS — The sold-out 2016 Sarge's Furry Friends Benefit Bash packed the Laurel Ridge Country Club last week.

Walking room was scarce last week at Laurel Ridge Country Club, when hundreds of Sarge’s supporters and lovers of furry friends wined and dined at the annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash — raising funds for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and mingling while looking at a silent auction, before dinner and booming live auction kept the crowd busy and entertained. This was the third year in a row the fun event has been sold-out.

The voice of Todd Thompson, owner of Thompson Carr Auction in Sevierville, Tennessee echoed through the country club throughout the evening, raising thousands for a great cause.

Sarge’s executive director Laura Ivey spoke to the guests, giving them the good news that Sarge's has saved more than 7,000 Haywood County dogs and cats in its 10-year history.

Nadean McArthur won the ‘Tag-Along Work Day’ with the Haywood Co. sheriff’s office, and Kathy Greeley won the ‘Tag-Along Work Day’ with the Waynesville PD. Both winners bid $5,000, which is a ‘win’ for Sarge’s mission to save homeless dogs and cats in Haywood County.

Buy-It-Now Winners

Cherry 1985 Wood Sculpture on Pedestal by Steve LeQuire, Wilmington — Dr. Darryl and Diane Nabors

Get Your Pet’s Picture on Sarge’s Dog Walk T-Shirt for 2017 — Ronnie & Terry Hedrick

Live Auction Winners

Native American Chief Feather Bonnet — Julia Freeman


  • Haywood County Sheriff with Greg Christopher  — Nadean McArthur
  • Town of Waynesville Police Chief with Bill Hollingsed — Kathy Greeley

Harrah’s Overnight Package — Julia Freeman

“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Mike Tuziw — Rick Moreland

Bamboo Fly Rod by Tommy Thomas — Ronnie and Terry Hedrick

John Laughter Jewelry Necklace — Connie Hewitt

“Samantha” Specialty Carved Dog by Whetstone Woodworks — Ronnie  and Terry Hedrick.

‘Fund the Need’ matching donation was given by Steve and Connie Hewitt.


“It was a great event for those who care about animal welfare,” said Gary Smith, event co-chairman and Sarge’s board president. “Sarge’s is grateful to The Mountaineer and Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Casino for partnering with us to support the Furry Friends Benefit Bash.”

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is at 256 Industrial Park Dr., in Waynesville. For information Sarge’s work to save dogs and cats in Haywood County, visit, “Like” Sarge’s Facebook page or call 828-246-9050.