GHHS Dog Ball: More fun than a brand new squeaker | Arts & Culture
Do a little prance, get a little treat, get down tonight, get down tonight! If you are looking for an event that has gone to the dogs, or if you want a pawsatively perfect night – look no further than the Greater Huntsville Humane Society’s 24th Annual Dog Ball.
This is the major fundraiser for the GHHS. The event will be held on Friday, February 8th , and this year the theme is “Disco Down with the Hounds.” You can purchase tickets for $75 online and the dress is cocktail attire.
Now if you are unsure about what happens at a Dog Ball, Tammie Berzett, the 2013 event chair, threw me a bone and told me exactly what happens.
Guests arrive at the Von Braun Center South Hall at 5:45 p.m. Guests are able to purchase cocktails and start bidding on silent auction items. There are over 100 things to bid on this year. Many items are animal related, but there are several local businesses, restaurants, and jewelers that have donated. They even have weekend getaways for the beach and Talladega Superspeedway! (If you are not spinning in circles with excitement, then check out their website for a list of donors!)
During the first part of the evening, guests also get to look at the work of 5 local artists who have painted fire hydrants that will be auctioned off later in the night. American Flow donates the hydrants to the GHHS. Just to give you an example, Huntsville artist Megan Cohen painted the 80 pound hydrant with a Lady and the Tramp theme. It’s the classic scene with spaghetti and the two Siamese Cats. This night will truly be a Bella Notte!
Finally, during the first half of the night, guests get to mix and mingle with Mattress King’s “Very Important Dogs” along with several shelter dogs. These 50 VIDs are chosen in advance and will later participate in a runway event.
Dinner will be served and the silent Auction will close at 8:00 p.m. Lite 96.9 radio personalities John Malone and Bonny O’Brien will be the Emcees for the night. They will “speak” and “beg” for money as people “sit” and “stay” for a good time.
One of Huntsville’s newest Magazines, Rocket City Pets, will be auctioning off a photo shoot for the front cover. There will also be some puparazzi there. Jeff White will be grabbing candid shots of you and all of the VIDs.
You are going to want to roll over after this last bit of information. Closing the evening, a grand prize drawing will be held and the winner announced for two tickets to the 2014 Westminster Dog Show and a $2,000 Visa card. Paradise Pet Resort and Spa is the Signature Sponsor for the drawing.
All of the money raised will go to support the GHHS, a 501 3c Non Profit organization that receives no local state or federal funding. Attending this event will be a dog-gone good time!