Panora P.E.T.S. to present annual FurBALL
On Saturday, April 21, don’t miss out on the purr-fect opportunity to support Panora P.E.T.S. by spending a fun, 20s-style night out at the fifth annual FurBALL.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for cocktail hour, dinner begins at 6:00 and the live auction will follow at 7:30. Attendants can also bid on silent auction items from 5:00 until 7:30. A D.J. will begin playing music around 9:00 to conclude the evening.
This year’s FurBALL features a new and exciting twist. Animal lovers are encouraged, but not required, to arrive wearing 20s-style cocktail attire to fit the theme, “The Great Catsby.”
“Our volunteers came up with the idea for a theme,” explained Panora P.E.T.S. President and Shelter Director Kristine Jorgensen. “I thought it was a fantastic idea because you want to change things up and make things interesting for people.”
Jorgensen, who has already selected her outfit, says that the volunteers have enjoyed choosing their costumes and hope others will dress up as well.
Jorgensen says that dinner will include both meat and vegetarian options. Following the live auction, there will be a drawing for prizes. Last year’s biggest prize was a television, and this year’s grand prize is rumored to be even bigger and better. She encourages guests to stick around after the auction to enjoy the D.J. and additional desserts baked by P.E.T.S. volunteers.
Panora P.E.T.S receives no city, county or state funding and operates solely on donations. The FurBALL is the shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the money raised primarily goes to support two part-time employees. Initially, the shelter was run by volunteers, but with the growing number of animals, it became too much for the volunteers to handle alone.
“It’s really important to have good workers, and we want to make them happy too,” said Jorgensen. “We count on them a lot.”
P.E.T.S must also pay for items like food, litter, transport, medicine, vet bills and spaying and neutering. Jorgensen says that vet expenses can climb up to over $10,000 a month.
“It takes a lot to run the rescue and to do it right,” she explained.
Tickets for the event are $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight people. They can be purchased online at http://www.panorapets.com/ or by calling 641-757-1621 and leaving a message. Those interested in attending are encouraged to buy tickets as early as possible, but some tickets will still be available at the door.
“We hope that people come out and support the shelter and support the dogs and cats,” said Jorgensen. “We really want to make people feel like their donations count, but we also want them to feel like they’re having a good time too.”