Items galore at the Auction for the Animals


By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW

The 23rd edition of the Auction for the Animals on Friday, Aug. 25, is right around the corner.

The annual auction is the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs’ major fundraiser of the year and always features some awesome items to bid on in both the silent and live auction portions of the evening. This year is no exception.

Have you ever wanted to visit the Emerald Isle? Win a six-night trip for two to Ireland that includes stays in Dublin, Ennis and Killarney, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, daily breakfast, rental car, a choice of an overnight stay in an historic castle or two rounds of golf and more.

Would you like to adorn yourself with exquisite jewelry? Jewelry pieces include pendants and necklaces.

How about a new fly rod and gift certificate, or a great car-camping package that includes a two-burner Coleman stove, Weber barbecue, tools, four-person tent and much more?

Are you a craft beer person? Spend a day developing and brewing your own recipe under the tutelage of a local brewmaster.

This year’s auction also features several very unique items. You do not have to be a musician to enjoy the exquisite grand piano in our live auction. The Yamaha C2PE Conservatory Grand piano will provide any pianist the opportunity to play a fabulous instrument, and for the non-musician the discretely installed Yamaha Disklavier system allows the piano to play itself from prerecorded discs — you can entertain guests with a beautifully played Beethoven sonata or Chopin etude even when a pianist is not available. This unique piano will appeal to not only musicians but to anyone who would like to add a gorgeous piece to a well-appointed home. The piano is being donated by the original owner and had a value of $30,000 when purchased new, nine years ago. It is in pristine condition and bidding will start at a reserve price.

On another end of the music spectrum, a second unique live auction item is a Fender guitar autographed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame. The guitar is tastefully mounted and framed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Bring a memorable piece of rock and roll fame and history into your home with this awesome autographed guitar.

Two more unique items in the live auction are a Remington 700 BDL, America’s most popular bolt-action rifle of all time, in .30-06 caliber, and “The Boss,” an original 24-inch by 60-inch framed oil painting by local artist Rick Unger. “The Boss” is a magnificent painting of a Texas Longhorn and the spirit of the West captured in all its majesty. There will be a reserve price on the painting.

Other wonderful items in the live auction include a beautiful black leather Australian trail saddle, a collection of copper bars and copper Eagle and Lady Liberty coins (.999 fine copper), an Apex weightlifting machine and a giant basket chock-full of chocolates and other goodies. For the large family or person who likes to entertain, there is a gorgeous natural-edge 8-foot dining table with an 8-foot bench. The table is approximately 3-feet wide by 3-inches thick and 31-inches high.

The silent auction portion of the evening will feature a wide array of wonderful items as well. There will be something for everyone, at a price point for everyone. Silent auction items include jewelry, ski passes, round-trip tickets for two on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train, an aerial tour over Pagosa with a retired commercial pilot, Native American pottery, baskets and blankets, a huge selection of gift certificates and gift baskets from area merchants, as well as sporting goods, memorabilia, and much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a special treat for yourself and do some early holiday shopping for friends and family, too.

Any remaining tickets for the inaugural Raining Cats and Dogs Raffle will also be for sale at the auction. Raffle tickets are $100. One winning ticket will be drawn during the live auction portion of the evening, and the winner will receive one-third of the raffle ticket proceeds. If all 300 tickets are sold, that means the winner will receive $10,000. The cats and dogs at the shelter will benefit from the other two-thirds of the ticket proceeds, which will provide a much-needed boost to cover the rising costs of shelter operations. For additional raffle information please call 264-5549.

All the exciting auction fun is happening Friday, Aug. 25, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The gala evening features a delicious seated dinner and dessert, along with a selection of fine wines, great beers and soft drinks from the cash bar. Tickets are $40, available only in advance. The auction has sold out the last three years, so don’t delay. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society thrift store or by calling 264-5549.

Community Center doors will open 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 Tim Sullivan and Thad McKain will be the evening’s emcee. A professional auctioneer will handle the bidding activity and be ably assisted by local auction spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain. The theme of this year’s auction is Upscale Cowboy so wear your best western clothes, or any other Pagosa-fancy dress will do (in other words, jeans are okay).

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 which serves the needs of so many in our community by offering low-cost and high-quality gently used household items, clothing and much more.

Please plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year in support of a great cause. 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 Aug. 25.