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Srruggling with cabin fever? Dreaming of magical destinations? Wanting to put a little excitement in your life? I have just the answer for you.

Plan to attend the Beatrice Humane Society’s 17th annual “Paws-itively Desserts and More” fundraiser on Friday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. at Classic’s. This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales for Furry Tails” and promises to bring out the fun-lover in all of us.

Costumes are encouraged but certainly not required, and this year there will be an added incentive to dress for the theme. The winner of the best costume award will be given a $30 voucher to use toward their silent auction bill. Plus, rumor has it that costume wearers have more fun.

We hope to see Cinderella and her fairy godmother, Snow White, maybe a few of the seven dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, the three little pigs, and maybe even Hansel and Gretel. And wouldn’t it be great if Prince Charming showed up on his handsome white steed?

Perhaps you prefer to bring out your inner villain and show up as one of Cinderella’s evil stepsisters or the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood or maybe the wicked witch who confronted Hansel and Gretel. And if you’re not into costumes, just come as yourself and have a good time.

Come Hungry

Once you are in the door at Classic’s, help yourself to the scrumptious appetizer buffet and cash bar. Then, be sure to save room for a trip through the buffet of decadent desserts that will surely tempt you. Our dessert divas work their magic to bring out the beautiful creations that not only look amazing but are delicious beyond belief.

As the crowd is gathering, take some time to walk through the tables of silent auction items. You will find everything from pet supplies and accessories to restaurant gift cards to a circular saw to creative art and much more.

One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of the Herb and Marian Weston Humanitarian Award. Given in memory of two life-long animal lovers who called Beatrice home, this award is presented to an individual, couple, business, or entity that has demonstrated a true commitment to serving all creatures great and small. The recipient’s name is a well-kept secret. Any ideas whom it might be?

Live and Lively

Later in the evening, Denny Henrichs and crew will run the live auction that brings in the big dollars for the animals. Donated items that will be up for bids include two tickets to an upcoming Carrie Underwood concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a Toro snowblower and Toro lawnmower, five nights at a condo near Terry Peak in the Black Hills, a round of golf for a foursome at Beatrice Country Club, three nights at a mountain home in Grand Lake, Colorado, Husker volleyball and Husker baseball tickets, a brunch for 6-8 and meadow walk, original art work, cinnamon rolls once a month for six months, a progressive dinner for 6-8, and much, much more.

Donor Levels

Well, you ask, how do I get tickets for this fun-filled evening? If you have not sent in your money yet, do not despair. You can still send your check made out to the Beatrice Humane Society to me – Bette Anne Thaut at 1208 N. 13th St., Beatrice NE 68310. Choose from the four donor level categories. They are:

Chocolate Lab $50 per person

Golden Retriever $ 75 per person

Silver Tabby $150 per person

Dream Maker $200 per person

All proceeds from this event go to the care of the lost and homeless animals at the Beatrice Animal Shelter.

This important event is underwritten by our sponsors who believe in the work of the Beatrice Humane Society and the animals we serve. Sponsors are Pinnacle Bank, Security First Bank, First National Bank, Ava “Jo” Kelly and her Prince Charming – “Rouser”, Oakview Veterinary Clinic, Sandman Family Foundation, and Larry Rinne. Many thanks to all of them!

Please give serious consideration to coming to this year’s big event. The planning committee has spent many hours to make the evening the very best. See you there!

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

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