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Have a ‘howling good time’ at Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash — October 6

By Paul Viau | Sep 21, 2016
Photo by: File photo PARTY ON, DOG AND CAT LOVERS — Sarge's Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash celebrates its eighth year of 'fun raising' for the rescued animals. Mark your calendar for 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6.

Pet owners and animal advocates throughout Haywood County (and beyond) are making plans for what is widely considered “The animal lovers’ party of the year.”

Of course, I am referring to Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash, and I wouldn’t miss this event for anything in the world.

What’s so special about Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash?

For starters, it’s a real “bash” — an opportunity to ‘party harty’ in celebration of the great work Sarge’s does every year in the community.

In its 10-year history, Sarge’s has saved nearly 7,000 homeless dogs and cats in Haywood County. That’s an astonishing number of animals saved, and when my wife and I look at the two, furry friends from Sarge’s that happily roam our house — spreading love with every step they take — we are eternally grateful to Sarge’s.

We are also keenly aware that the great work Sarge’s comes at a cost — Sarge’s spends an average of $200 per animal saved in food, shelter and medical costs. It also it ‘takes a village’ of staff and volunteers to rescue, feed, clean and care for all the animals.

Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash is a time for everyone to gather and celebrate their many successes.

Remember the “Parkway Puppies?” — six newborn puppies who were abandoned on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and are now enjoying ‘happily-ever-after’ lives thanks to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

This year, Sarge’s un-expectantly cared for an abandoned bobcat for several months until it could be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary that is now preparing it to be released back into the wild.

Youth for Sarge also stepped into the limelight this year, with a reading-to-the-animals program that mesmerized pets and increased the reading skills of children.

Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash celebrates all of these efforts and raises much-needed funds for the coming year. But make no mistake, this bash is as much a ‘fun raiser’ as a fundraiser.

Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Laurel Ridge Country Club, starting with a cocktail hour where guests can mix and mingle and peruse the many people- and pet-friendly silent auction items — including local artists’ work, dining, golf and spa packages.

This year, there will also be several tempting, fixed-price items offered on a first come, first buy basis. These “Buy-it-Now,” offerings include many local works of art and a variety of specialty items.

When the time is right, guests at Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash will gather for a sit-down dinner. This year, Laurel Ridge is offering a main course choice of a sirloin steak/chicken Marsala combination or a vegetarian entrée, and the meal includes salad, side dishes and dessert. Throughout the evening, there will be a cash bar.

After dinner entertainment focuses on live and lively auctions, hosted this year by Todd Thompson, owner of Charity Pros Benefit Auction Service, out of Sevierville, Tennessee.

Among the items up for auction this year are: an overnight package at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Casino, other resort/vacation packages and unique ‘tag-along’ work days, where you can bid to ‘walk-in-the-shoes’ of several, local public servants.

This will be Sarge’s 8th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash — coming on the heels of last year’s most-successful benefit bash ever, so get your tickets early. Attendance is limited to the first 150 paid reservations.

So save that date: Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash, 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Laurel Ridge

Menu selections must be turned in by Sept. 29.

Tickets are $75 per person; and $650 sponsorship for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased at Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville.

Tickets can also be purchased online by PayPal or credit card at www.sargeanimals.org/furry-friends.

For more information, call 828-246-9050 or visit www.sargeanimals.org.





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