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Close to 320 guests dined, danced and helped raise $175,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society's 6th annual FurBall, held Saturday night at the National Gallery of Canada. The evening's tally surpassed the organization's fundraising goal for the event and will go a long way to helping over 11,000 animals in the coming year.
"We're so grateful for the support of our FurBall guests," said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). "The animals in our community will have a much brighter future thanks to their generosity."
Shoulder pads, big hair and retro ‘80s music helped set the tone for the evening's Dynasty theme, while guests sipped on cocktails named after characters from the famous television series. A sumptuous menu from KW Catering and spirited entertainment from Deborah Davis & Segue to Jazz rounded out the festivities.
Auctioneer Jim Watson prompted guests to open their wallets for the animals, with paintings from Ottawa artist Philip Craig, a five-day trip to St. Croix and group dinners at the Greek and British embassies fetching top dollars. The IAMS celebrity pet bowl auction featured customized bowls decorated by Sarah McLachlan, Elizabeth Manley, and Hilary Swank, among others. Minister John Baird painted a bowl in memory of his late cat, while honorary chair, Mrs. Laureen Harper, donated a photograph she took of trees in Gatineau Park for the evening's silent auction.
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