HSOY Fur Ball fun set for Satur­day

11th an­nual event raises funds for non­profit’s shel­ter fa­cil­ity

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY BLAKE HERZOG @BLAKEHERZOG

The Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Yuma is get­ting ready for this weekend’s 11th An­nual Fur Ball: The Great Catsby, which con­tin­ues a tra­di­tion which has raised more than a mil­lion dol­lars for the non­profit’s shel­ter fa­cil­ity.

The event is from 6 p.m. to mid­night Satur­day at the Schoen­ing Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at Ari­zona Western Col­lege’s Yuma cam­pus, 2020 S. Av­enue 9E.

HSOY spokes­woman Lana Shapiro said 280 tick­ets for the night of for­mal din­ing, dancing and fundrais­ing had been sold as of Thurs­day morn­ing, but there will be room for any­one who buys a ticket at the door or on the web­site at www.hsoyuma.

Shapiro said the goal this year is to “raise as much money as we pos­si­bly can, we don’t re­ally have a pub­li­cized goal for th­ese events.”

The pro­ceeds go to­ward pay­ing the mort­gage at HSOY’s shel­ter at 4050 S. Av­enue 4 1/2 E, which was com­pleted at the end of 2012.

“We can’t do this with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, and mak­ing sure we have a high qual­ity shel­ter makes a huge dif­fer­ence for the an­i­mals in our care,” she said.

The 1920s-themed oc­ca­sion will be­gin with a cock­tail hour with hors d’oeurvres and mu­sic from the Yuma Jazz Quar­tet, a sit-down din­ner with filet mignon, a silent auc­tion, live auc­tion with auc­tion­eer Larry Smart, along with dancing through­out the night with live mu­sic from Groove Jones.

Artist Lia Lit­tle­wood will be work­ing on a 6-by-6 foot, cat-themed piece dur­ing the ball which will also be auc­tioned off, Shapiro said.

The pre­sent­ing spon­sor is Pi­o­neer RV Park, owned by lo­cal at­tor­ney John Weil, who with wife Crystin was instrumental in the cap­i­tal cam­paign for the shel­ter. He was pres­i­dent of the HSOY Board of Di­rec­tors dur­ing the ini­tial ef­fort, which raised about $1.6 mil­lion dur­ing the depths of the Great Re­ces­sion.

Crystin Weil, cur­rent pres­i­dent of the HSOY Board of Di­rec­tors, said the old shel­ter at 1st Street and Figueroa Av­enue had to be re­placed not only be­cause it was far too small and a “de­press­ing” place for po­ten­tial adopters to visit, but it lacked newer tech­nol­ogy which helps con­trol the spread of disease among dogs and cats.

“Ev­ery year, at the Fur Ball, we cel­e­brate mov­ing out of that dump into our new fa­cil­ity. And the end re­sult is it saves a lot of lives, which it does by in­creas­ing the adop­tion rate and re­duc­ing the com­mu­nity’s euthana­sia rate,” she said.

“So it’s been just a won­der­ful thing, but we have to stay in it, we have to keep it and that’s what this event does. I can’t un­der­state the im­por­tance of this event.”

Shapiro said HSOY ap­pre­ci­ates its broad sup­port within the com­mu­nity, with 35 busi­ness or in­di­vid­u­als co-spon­sor­ing the Fur Ball.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a list of live auc­tion items, visit www. hsoyuma.com or call (928) 782-1621. Tick­ets for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the $1,000 Cash Raf­fle only are avail­able at the main shel­ter or the HSOY’s thrift store, 136 W. 32nd St. in the Big Curve shop­ping cen­ter.

LOANED PHOTO

YUMA FIRE­FIGHT­ERS RE­SPONDED to an alarm at the Palo Verde Villa Apart­ments at ap­prox­i­mately 1 p.m. Thurs­day af­ter­noon in­di­cat­ing a fire sprin­kler ac­ti­va­tion in­side one of the apart­ments. The ac­ti­va­tion was later de­ter­mined to have been caused by heat in­stead of a fire.

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