Bow Wow Bash on Saturday

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

The first year, Christy said, they hoped to raise $20,000 toward an annual budget that eclipses $200,000.

The proceeds of the Bash, 100 percent of which go to the Humane Society each year, came in above expectations, providing fuel for the future.

“Bolstered by the success of the first year we thought we could do this every year,” Christy said. “The Humane Society would not be what it is without those 265 people who attended last year and those who attended every year.”

As the Humane Society expanded its programs in the community – bringing dogs and cats to the nursing home, the DAWGS in Prison program – the community embraced the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“They have been such a great partner in (our community) for the quality of life programs we have here, the only way to give back is to support their big event,” said Ron Reid, director of the Bridge at St. Joe nursing home.

“And it is also another opportunity for myself and my team who go to break the stereotype of a nursing home employee, to dress up in costumes and have fun. It’s a fantastic event and we can go out and be part of the community and have a ball.”

Community is also the engine that drives the Humane Society, a largely volunteer organization, 365 days a year.

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