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Glitz, giving, and Roaring 20's-inspired glamour earmarked the 8th annual Fur Ball, benefiting our furry friends at Pet Helpers. Pin stripe-sporting mobsters, newsboys, and flappers waltzed their way up to the Marriott Crystal Ballroom, where they mugged for a photo booth before heading in to mingle and bid in the silent auction.
Fringe and boa-wearing ladies and their vintage-styled counterparts sipped on punch from jars while nibbling spring rolls in plum sauce while eyeing each other’s costumes. And what a collection of costumes! Partygoers brought out the big guns, literally, with several gentlemen toting plastic 1920’s gangster weapons to go with their oversized hats and zoot suits, while women showcased hats, strands of pearls, cigarette holders, and feathered headbands.
Everyone dressed to the nines, and nearly everyone in large crowd took the theme to heart while selecting their wardrobe for the evening. Though the space was a bit tight during the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom soon swung open to invite partygoers in to dinner. Guests entered through a curtain of floor length tinsel to find tables bedecked with giant feathered plumes.
Revelers wandered the room looking for their tables, but many found themselves drawn to the dance floor, where 1920's-styled Dance FX dancers flitted about. The jovial group beamed at partygoers while doing the Charleston, and as the crowd settled down, the dancers performed a beautiful ballet piece.
Then Pet Helpers’ board member Hank Greer welcomed guests, a “record number of 370 attendees”, and relayed some interesting facts: not only has Pet Helpers seen an 30% increase of incoming surrendered and rescued pets, their medical expenses have increased by 50%. Despite these obstacles, Pet Helpers has had more pets adopted in the last year than in the previous 18 months. Greer ended his welcome and kicked off the live auction with the words, “Thank you for all you do for us and continue to do for us, and what you can do now is open your pocketbooks and give.”
Pet Helpers (founded 1976) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by housing animals until adopted, providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries, pursuing animal cruelty prosecution, and initiating animal welfare legislation.