Items galore at the Auction for the Animals

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Photo courtesy Humane Society Local artist Kathleen Steventon’s original oil painting, Challenger I, will be among the items available at this weekend’s Auction for the Animals fundraising event.
Photo courtesy Humane Society
Local artist Kathleen Steventon’s original oil painting, Challenger I, will be among the items available at this weekend’s Auction for the Animals fundraising event.

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW

Have you ever wanted to attend the Westminster Dog Show in NYC, or treat your home to a stunning oil painting or fabulous enhanced print from talented local artists Kathleen Steventon and Rick Unger? Would you adorn yourself with an exquisite gold and diamond Pagosa Peak pendant crafted by goldsmith Summer Phillips? Are you and seven of your friends up to the challenge of escaping from Pagosa’s own Escape Zone? Could you use a 14-gun heavy-gauge security cabinet or a custom saddle from saddle maker and cowboy poet Mike Meaux? Can you picture yourself relaxing on a classic leather and wood chaise lounge from Dubai or imagine soaring over the local scenery on a private flight with a commercial pilot? Would you like to peddle your way home on a classic fat-tire cruiser or be the lucky winner of a giant basket chock-full of goodies from the Choke Cherry Tree?

Curiosity aroused? Then you should plan to attend the 22nd annual Humane Society Auction for the Animals and see for yourself all the wonderful items available in the silent and live auctions.

There will be something for everyone, at a price point for everyone, including an awesome selection of gorgeous jewelry, art work, home décor items, sporting goods, and a wonderful array of gift baskets and gift certificates for people and pets.

Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a special treat for yourself and do some early holiday shopping for friends and family, too.

If you have a desire to travel, you can win an awesome trip to hear New Orleans jazz in the French Quarter or a train tour of Napa Valley wine country or even put yourself behind the wheel as a NASCAR driver for a day. Trips include airfare and lodging for two.

This popular Pagosa event will take place Friday, Aug. 19, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Experience a gala evening featuring a delicious, catered dinner and dessert along with an enjoyable selection of wines, beers and soda from the cash bar.

Tickets are $40 and available only in advance of the event. Last year’s auction was a sold-out event. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society thrift store or by calling 264-5549.

The Community Center doors will open for the event at 6 p.m. Festivities will begin with the silent auction, followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and then the live auction.

Live music will be provided by Jack Ellis and Thad McKain will be the evening’s emcee. Popular professional auctioneer Ken Kincaid will again handle the bidding activity, and he will be ably assisted by local auction spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain. Dress is Pagosa fancy (jeans are OK).

Plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year in support of a great cause. The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs serves our community by providing homeless and lost animals with temporary shelter and care until they can be reunited with their owners or an adoptive family can be found. We also operate the Humane Society thrift store downtown.

Our local Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or the United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, our thrift store and fundraisers such as the Auction for the Animals to create a safe haven for animals in need.

For more information on the event, please contact the Humane Society at 264-5549. See you at the auction.