By SHANNON WATKINS
The most upscale affair of the year is almost upon us. Is it a debut ball? A charity dinner? No, it’s the Pulaski County Humane Society’s Yappy Hour, billed as “a black tie event for shelter dogs.” The soiree will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Draper Mercantile.
After sending 209 pets to rescue from January through September and spaying or neutering 616 dogs and cats during the same period, the Pulaski County Humane Society is celebrating with the event.
“Yappy Hour is back by popular demand,” said Candice Simmons. “You loved it last year, and over 200 folks attended. We hope you will mark your calendars again for an evening of fun and music.” Humane Society board, staff and volunteers will showcase the cream of the crop among shelter dogs.
While the shelter dogs present will indeed be donning black ties for the event, human attendee dress is business casual (it’s hard to compete, fashion-wise, with anyone who wears a fur coat year-round).
Human partygoers can enjoy heavy hors d’oeurves and a cash bar while tapping their paws to the music of blues/jazz/folk/country singer and songwriter, Leslie Brooks, who has opened for artists including Heart, Bob Margolin and Willie Nelson.
Attendees will also have a chance to bid on items like a Veri zon LG notebook phone donated by Verizon, a digital camera from the Wal-Mart in Fairlawn, jewelry compliments of P.R. Sturgill in Radford, North Carolina Zoo tickets and much, much more. “The staff and volunteers have been soliciting items for auction and appreciate all the businesses who have donated,” said humane society executive director Candice Simmons.
The event will also mark the beginning of the organization’s membership drive which will end in December. Membership investments will remain the same as last year and can be renewed at the event. The Humane Society will also provide information on its mission and program of work for new recruits.
Admission to Yappy Hour is $5 per person. For questions or more information on Yappy Hour, please call the Pulaski County Humane Society at 540-674-0089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org