COLUMBIA CITY — Whatever you have a passion for, you will probably find it on Saturday, Nov. 10, at a benefit auction for the Humane Society of Whitley County.
Donations include tickets to sporting events, gift baskets, children’s toys, animal products and attractions both near and far. More than 100 items have been donated for the live and silent auctions.
The event will be at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 W. Squawbuck in Columbia City. The charity auction is open to the public and tickets are $10. The evening includes a “Soup-er Supper” dinner with soups from Big G’s, Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, Espich Printing, Urban Station and shelter volunteers. In addition, Bruno’s BBQ & Catering will be back with pulled pork, and dessert will be the ever-popular cake provided by The Cake Lady.
“Every year we have wonderful support from local businesses and the community. That’s what makes this our largest fundraiser of the year,” said shelter director Abbi Ogden. “This year is no exception, we have numerous donations from both local and national companies. Donated items range from $10 all the way up to $800.”
There are new, unique items up for auction this year, such as “Spend the Day” certificates for Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Sheriff Marc Gatton, lunch with Commissioner George Schrumpf, and Economic Development Corp. director Jon Myer is offering a evening out for drinks.
“I am beginning to wonder if they are competing to see who can raise the most money for us,” Ogden said.
Auction co-chair and board member Carol Flowers said companies offering tickets to local attractions and one-tank-trips have been a popular contribution this year.
“We received an overnight stay and tickets to a show at Riegsecker Marketplace/Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana and a skiing tickets from Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg,” she said. “Entertainment is really big this year too. We have tickets or admission packages to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Splash Universe, Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Indiana Caverns, Komets Hockey, Auburn Cord Dusenberg Automobile Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, Paige’s Crossing, Crazy Pins, “Elf” the Musical, Science Central and so much more.”
Other donations this year include a guitar from Sweetwater, a Peg Perigo vehicle, “Sweet Indiana” gift basket from Joseph Decuis Emporium, a reel from Reelcraft, jewelry from Murphy’s Jewelers and Bradley Gough, Coach purse, gift certificates from Biaggi’s Restorante Italiano Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern and Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, beauty basket from Hair Happenings and an autographed basketball from the Indiana Fever. According to Ogden, one of the most talked about items this year is an automatic cat box cleaner, worth hundreds of dollars. “Cat lovers are going to have a bidding war for that item,” she said, laughing.
Other items in the auctions include wine and beer gift baskets, children’s toy gift packages, fitness memberships, spa baskets, golf packages, gift baskets, toys, beauty packages and Christmas baskets.
There are several other sponsors of the event this year, including: Animal Inn, Bart’s Car Store, City Chevrolet, Crossroads Bank, Blue Moon Bakery. Farmer’s Mutual Insurance, JB Landscape & Nursery, JG Cabinet & Counter, Lake City Bank, Lawn Pro, Line Street Vet Hospital, Micropulse, Morsches Builder’s Mart, Orizon Real Estate, Paragon Medical, PDQ Workholding, ProFed Credit Union, Rosencrans Truck Repair, Sailrite Enterprises, Scientific & Regulatory Consultants Inc. and State Farm/Becky Curless,” said Flowers. “These are just some of the many local businesses who have shown their commitment to homeless animals in Whitley County.”
Funds raised at the auction and during other shelter events help provide food, medical care and adoption services.
“The most important thing we do is provide sanctuary for homeless animals,” Ogden said. “More than 1,000 cats, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs will come through our doors this year and finding them loving homes is our top priority. This year we had several hoarding and abuse cases which stretched our budget and space to the limit. Vaccines, heartworm treatments and medical supplies are expensive, and we rely on fundraisers to take care of the animals in our shelter.”
Doors will open and the dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. The live and silent auctions begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the shelter or they can be purchased at the event.