Listen up, the canine goodfella "The Dogfather" growled. Keep those auction bids coming.
The 450-plus 2017 Fur Ball attendees, some in their best movie bad guy attire, listened up, raising $319,000 for Dogfather's four-legged compatriots at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Not only that, at least 10 adoptables from the shelter found new homes after being walked through the reception and others down the Pet Parade runway at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort dinner. They had been claimed by quick-acting attendees who went to the shelter early the next morning for the first-come, first-served adoption process.
The one guaranteed adoption that night was cuddly cattle dog puppy Tessie, claimed by the top bidder in the live auction for $800.
The live auction was the evening's noisiest event as competitors bid on dinner parties, a trip to Sedona and a stay at The Broadmoor's Cloud Camp. But the craziest action was for the Sports Fan's Dream, seats to the choice of an MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL game, choice of team, sport and city. Several fellows were waving their bid numbers in the air before bidding even started. The "Dream" went for $3,000 to two happy winners.
Money raised on April 22 will be used in more than 30 HSPPR programs and services such as lost and found, spay and neuter, adoption and investigations of cruelty.
The evening's sponsors included GE Johnson, Heuberger Motors, Hills, Petco Foundation, Daniels Long, Wag 'N Wash, Kirkpatrick Bank, Chief Petroleum, Broadmoor Valley Tail Waggers and Revolution Rehabilitation.
Fur Ball committee chair duties were shared by Mike and Christy Carroll, who smiled all evening long.
Upcoming: Pawtoberfest Dog Walk and Festival, Sept. 16
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