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This past Friday was a special evening of twinkle lights and castles and storybook characters strolling about. The reception room at Classic’s oozed magic and fantasy and was all about making dreams come true.

There was food fit for a fairy tale king and desserts worthy of any beautiful princess. There were donated auction items ranging from vacation lodging to a snow blower, a lawn mower, and entertaining options in donors’ homes.

There were tickets to Husker athletic events and there was nostalgic memorabilia to make you the envy of any sports enthusiast. There were items to delight both pet-lovers and their pets. And there was much, much more to tempt bidders in both the live and silent auctions.

But most importantly, there were wonderful, generous people in attendance who believe in the work of the Beatrice Humane Society. It was quite an assortment of folks who, more than likely, were not well-acquainted. Their likes and dislikes in books, movies, and music would cover the whole spectrum. But they all had one thing in common … a love of animals.

Fairy tales for furry tails

It’s that love of dogs and cats and pets of all kinds that has made the Beatrice Humane Society’s “Paws-itively Desserts and More” fundraiser a success for 17 years. People love their pets, and they honor them and memorialize them by supporting this event. And this year’s theme of “Fairy Tales for Furry Tails” definitely brought out the best in everyone.

As of this writing, we do not know the final dollar amounts brought in from the ticket sales, auction items, and sponsorship fees, but we have a good feeling that our fairy godmothers and Prince Charmings will make our dreams come true so that we can top last year’s total.

The Weston Award

In addition to raising money for the animals, the Beatrice Humane Society also honors a special individual, couple, organization, or business with the presentation of our highest honor, the Herb and Marian Weston Humanitarian Award.

The 2019 recipient is Brad Beam. Brad has been involved with the Beatrice Humane Society for less than two years, but he has done so much to benefit the animals we serve.

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Brad grew up in Lincoln, graduated from Baylor University and the University of Nebraska Law School, and lived in Austin, Texas, for many years before moving back to Lincoln.

While in Texas, Brad was very active in Austin Pets Alive, a well-known and respected animal rescue group. When he moved back to Nebraska, he did his homework and learned about various animal shelters in the greater Lincoln area. He liked what he saw about the Beatrice Humane Society, and has been an important volunteer with our organization and the shelter we operate.

Some weeks Brad drives down from Lincoln three or four times. He does whatever needs to be done…cleaning kennels, socializing cats, sweeping the office, walking dogs, recruiting volunteers, and networking with area rescue groups.

He transports adoptable shelter cats to the PetSmart stores in Lincoln, and last fall he traveled all the way to Alliance, NE, to pick up dogs that were living in unsafe, compromised conditions. He also coordinates our participation in adoption fairs in Lincoln and helps to spread the word about the Beatrice Animal Shelter and its work with lost and homeless animals. Brad is an inspiration to all of us associated with the Humane Society, and he is a mentor and role model for those who work with him.

And as if he hadn’t had a busy enough week, this past Saturday morning he drove a load of pet supplies to Fremont, where residents had been particularly hard-hit from flood devastation.

Donations from our local shelter included dry and canned food, bowls, deworming, flea and tick and ear treatment products, special shampoos, collars, leashes, harnesses, paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, and portable crates.

He also helped transport 30 animals from flood-impacted areas such as Saunders County in eastern Nebraska to our shelter where they will become part of our adoption program.

These are not animals that already had homes and loving families, but rather they were in shelters waiting to be adopted. By taking these pets, we are opening up space elsewhere for dogs and cats that are waiting to be reunited with their families. And Brad is right there helping where he can.

His compassion and caring for shelter animals and his work as an animal advocate definitely makes the Weston Award a perfect way to honor Brad.

Thanks to Brad, and thanks to all who helped make Friday’s fundraiser a paws-itively purr-fect event.

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This column was written by Bette Anne Thaut, board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.

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