Chocolate Auction benefits homeless animals

The 2009 Humane Society of Pagosa Springs Chocolate Auction was an overwhelming success.

The annual Chamber Sundowner and Humane Society event drew a crowd of 179 people who came to socialize, enjoy a delicious Italian dinner buffet, and have the chance to bid on 45 beautifully created chocolate desserts. Among these desserts were some true works of art, and all the chocolate creations were donated by local caterers, bakers, candy stores, chefs, restaurants and a few select individuals. The funds raised by the auction will be used entirely to help offset the daily operating costs of the Humane Society shelter. The shelter houses and finds homes for the homeless, lost, and abandoned dogs and cats in Archuleta County which is truly a benefit for all county residents. The Chocolate Auction was a wonderful way to have a fun filled evening and, at the same time, give support to the animals that depend on the shelter for housing and nourishment.

This year, the auction items were provided by Choke Cherry Tree, Chef Larry Schwartz, Pagosa Candy Company, Dogwood Café, Alley House/Farrago, Purple Sage, Nello’s Bistro & Espresso Bar, High Country Cuisine/Old Miner’s Steakhouse, Buffalo Inn, Hart Productions, JJs Riverwalk Restaurant & Pub, The Floured Apron, Cowboy Catering, The Rose Restaurant, Wild Springs Ice & Bottled Water, Boss Hogg’s, Pastry Chef Doug Anderson, Victoria’s Parlor, Eddie B Cookin’ LLC, Sugar High-Lisa Miranda, Wrap It Up Junior Rotary, Chocolate By Margie, Wells Fargo Bank and Friends, Nita Niece, Bonnie Hite, Jean Carson, and Dr. Katherine Frisbee. Dessert for all attendees was made and provided by Mary Hart of Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat/Hart Construction.

Many thanks go out to all the dedicated volunteers who worked so hard to make the Chocolate Auction a huge success: Larry Ashcraft, auctioneer; JP Rappenecker, sound system; Barbara Rosner, graphic design; Mark Crain, Richard Miller, Joe Donovan, spotters; Cathy Rose, paddles; Diane Maun, bid scribe; Bonnie Milburn and Sheila Farmer, thrift store and shelter managers; Steve Wadley, board president; Janis Moomaw and Jean Carson, auction “Vanna Whites”; and Linda Lawrie, Carol Ellis, Cher Logsdon, Carolyn Ullrich, Joan Arnold, Mike and Joan Ward, Jennifer Burck, Peter van Hercke, Maggie Hart, Larry Schwartz, Jeannie Lemmo, Mary Hart, Diane Owens, Debbie Woltman, Michelle Sweitzer and her son, Tyrell, and Scott Allen. If I missed anyone, please know that you were greatly appreciated.

I am happy to report that the 2009 Chocolate Auction goal was $10,000, and with the support of the community and loyal friends of the Society, that goal was reached.

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the A.S.P.C.A, or from United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, the thrift store, and through fund raisers such as the Chocolate Auction. For more information on the Humane Society, shelter, thrift store, volunteer program, or to find out ways you can help, contact the Humane Society administration office at 264-5549.

Photo courtesy Linda Lawrie
Auctioneer Larry Ashcraft has the microphone and the attention of the crowd at the recent Humane Society of Pagosa springs Chocolate Auction. The event drew a crowd of 179 people who came to socialize, enjoy an Italian dinner buffet, and have the chance to bid on 45 beautifully created chocolate desserts.