WAGS TO RICHES SECOND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND PHOTO CONTEST
On Saturday, September29, 2012, the Blue Ridge Humane Society will host their second annualÂ â€œWags to Richesâ€ fundraising event beginning at 6:30 P.M. at theÂ Hendersonville Country Club. The stylish evening will include dining andÂ dancing and themed silent auction packages to bid upon including aÂ weeklong trip to Maui for two. The winner of the â€œGive Us Your Best Shotâ€Â photo contest will also be announced. Wags to Riches is the primary fund raiser for the Blue Ridge HumaneÂ Society in 2012. The cost is $100 per person ($75 of which is taxÂ deductible). You can make a reservation by mailing payment to the BlueÂ Ridge Humane Society, 1214 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC,Â 28792, or in person at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store locatedÂ at 1214 Greenville Highway, or at WAG Pet Boutique on Main Street inÂ Hendersonville. Reservations must be made by September 21st. â€œThe funds we raise at Wags to Riches will help us provide food,Â housing and medical care to countless dogs and cats at our animal shelterâ€Â says Lutrelle OÊ¼Cain, Director of Administration. â€œIt costs an average ofÂ $200 per rescued animal just to provide the services necessary to get theÂ animal ready for adoption from our shelter.â€ Silent Auction Extravaganza Co-Chairs of the event, Kitty Olson and Valorie White, hope the SilentÂ Auction at the September 29th event will bring in much-needed funds forÂ the shelter. â€œWith the help of our committee, we have put togetherÂ outstanding silent auction packages with themes on adventure, travel, handÂ crafted items, spa treatments, dining and even a weekÊ¼s holiday in Maui forÂ two including air fare,â€ said Olson. This evening will be a wonderfulÂ opportunity for area residents to purchase interesting and unusual items,of which a portion may be tax deductible, and support our animals. â€œGive Us Your Best Shotâ€ Photo Contest Animal lovers and photography buffs are reminded that the â€œGive Us YourÂ Best Shotâ€ pet photo contest runs from August 10th to September 19th,Â 2012. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submitÂ up to three entries of pets, either alone or interacting with people. There isÂ a $10 fee per entry. â€œOnce again we are excited to have the expertise ofÂ Michele Stephenson, former Director of Photography for TIME MAGAZINEÂ to pick the winning photos. â€œ I am looking forward again to judging thisÂ yearÊ¼s Wags to Riches event for the Blue Ridge Humane Society and IÂ canÊ¼t wait to see the great pet photos from the community ,â€ saidÂ Stephenson. In addition to prizes, the First and Second Place winningÂ photos will be permanently on display in our animal shelter, and mayÂ appear on the BRHS website or in other promotional materials.Â Entry forms and details are available at www.blueridgehumane.org/events or byÂ calling the organizationÊ¼s office at 828 692-2639. A limited admission non-profit 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization,Â the Blue Ridge Humane Society, is dedicated to reducing theÂ overpopulation of companion animals in Henderson County and toÂ improving their quality of life through adoption, collaboration, andÂ community education. We have been helping homeless animals in ourÂ community since 1950.