On Saturday September 10, 2016 nearly 200 people gathered, dressed to the nine’s, at the Country Club of Jackson. They were there to have a good time, but it was so much more! They were celebrating the wonderful work that Cascades Humane Society does each year for the abandoned pets and pet-loving families of Jackson.
The 4th annual Unleash Your Heart Gala was a huge success! Guests enjoyed drinks and a full buffet dinner complete with an ice cream sundae bar. Attendees browsed the 44 silent auction items up for bid. There was something for everyone – sports memorabilia, golf packages, pet pampering, and even a few trips, just to name a few!
Karen Hawley from JTV kept the crowd entertained as the emcee for the evening. After dinner, guests were treated to the Live Auction, always a fun show of fast talking, lots of laughing, and of course, bidding, courtesy of auctioneer Tim Bos from Bos Auction and Appraisal Services.
Through donations, ticket sales, auction item purchasing, and sponsorships, CHS made more than $34,000! That set a record for the most successful Gala yet! These funds go directly back to the animals in our care. Every animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, disease tested, microchipped and fed, all of which costs far more than the adoption fees we charge.
The Gala’s success is due to the hard work of our volunteer committee. They made sure the night was memorable, found the amazing auction items, obtained sponsorships, and planned all the logistics. Our committee this year included: Carrie Raymond (Chair), Sarah Maher, Lisa Compton, Jessica Webb, Tom Rooney and Ryan Smithson. We could not have done this without you! Thank you!
And thank you to everyone who attended or supported us! We do not receive any government funding and therefore we rely on individuals like yourselves and events like the Gala to support our adoptions and programs. We hope to see you there next year!