HOUGHTON - This Saturday's 7th Annual Copper Country Humane Society Bash will feature almost $8,000 in live auction items (last year was less than $5,000), and while it's a celebration of the shelter and the volunteers who help it run, the main objective is clear, according to Roger Woods.
"This is all for the animals," said Woods, a CCHS volunteer, who will also be the auctioneer on Saturday. "It'll be a very good time and it will support a lot of furry friends. ... It's a big draw to bring people to see what the shelter is all about, and it also happens to be the biggest fundraiser of the year."
The shelter gets thousands of smaller individual donations throughout the year, which are key, but according to Woods, the Bash provides a "big chunk of very defined money." Money raised will help offset some of the larger costs, such as wages for people taking care of the animals and vet care for the 900 animals that are helped by the shelter annually. The CCHS is also currently in the process of installing central air conditioning.
This Saturday's event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the shelter, which is just off U.S. 41 across from the Nara Nature Trail.
Attendees may need to park by Ferrellgas and golf carts will be shuttling people back and forth from the shelter. Food, registration for the 32 gift baskets, and raffle tickets can be purchased starting at noon, and people can also check out the live auction items, see the shelter and spin the prize wheel, which has a prize on every spin.
The live auction will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include items such as Michigan Technological University season basketball tickets, a window air conditioner, elliptical trainer, furniture, a Coach purse, lots of food coupons and much, much more. A full list of items is available on the CCHS website, cchumanesociety.com.
"This is the largest number of items in the live auction that I've seen," Woods said. "We of course encourage people to bring their checkbooks and cash, but we'll also be accepting credit cards."
With hundreds of people expected once again for the event, the CCHS expects it to result in many adoptions as well - but not always right away.
"You really can't be an emotional purchaser of a dog or a cat, but you can with the auction - We encourage that," Woods said. "But this gets people thinking about Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week (the shelter's hours are 4 to 8 p.m. those days, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday) and getting them exposed to the shelter. It also brings out volunteers."
For more information on the Bash, visit cchumanesociety.com or facebook.com/coppercountryhumanesociety and the "2012 CCHS Bash" event on Facebook.