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Fur Ball Gala to benefit PETWorks

Matthew Lane • Aug 12, 2019 at 1:07 PM

KINGSPORT — Even dogs deserve a chance to get dressed up and enjoy a night out on the town.

Which is why you should consider attending An Evening in Pawris, the inaugural Fur Ball Gala hosted by PETWorks Kingsport Animal Services. The “festive attire” event is scheduled to take place on Sept. 14 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The night includes dinner, entertainment, a live and silent auction along with plenty of pet pampering. Your canine friends can spend time in the Doggy Spa, be celebrated in the Pet Tribute Honor Roll and take a stroll down the Pooch Parade wearing the finest in doggie fashions.

The Fur Ball Gala is planned to be the main fundraising event for the operational costs of PETWorks, officials said.

A NEW SHELTER

PETWorks, which manages the city’s animal shelter on Idle Hour Road, plans to build a 17,000-square-foot facility on East Stone Drive. It’ll include room for 180 animals, isolation areas for both dogs and cats, dedicated adoption spaces, an educational area for animal care and training, larger workspaces for employees and a 1.2 acre dog park on the rear of the property.

The name of the new facility will be the Good Steward Adoption Center.

PETWorks is currently collecting funds, with more than $2 million already raised toward a $3.5 million goal. But those dollars will cover only construction costs, not the operation of the facility. Which is why the Fur Ball Gala is happening, officials say.

ABOUT THE GALA

“The idea is to bring together the community, people who support causes and organizations that make this a quality-of-life community,” said MaryLee Davis, a member of the PETWorks board of directors who pitched the idea of the gala.

Davis has attended 15 such fur ball galas in Michigan, where she lived prior to moving to the Model City.

“It’s really a great thing they do in Michigan. Every dime (raised) goes towards operations, such as food, medicine, bedding ... everything that relates to the quality of life for the animals and operating the facility itself.”

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and complimentary hors d’oeuvres; you’ll arrive with your dog, who will be passed to handlers who will be assigned to stay with your furry friend, make sure your pet is fed and walked and taken care of throughout the course of the evening.

For an additional cost, 20 dogs will be able to enjoy the Ultimate Doggy Spa treatment with pampered pooches receiving a doggy swag bag and more.

A silent auction will take place prior to dinner and a live one afterwards. Items will include the one-week use of vacation homes; artwork; jewelry; dog services (walking, grooming, boarding and training); a round of golf for four; gym memberships; exercise and yoga classes; movie tickets; personal trainer and home decorating services; landscape and architect consultation; ski lift tickets; and more.

You’ll also be able to bid on the opportunity for your dog to be featured in the promotional materials for next year’s Fur Ball Gala.

During the Parisian-themed, dinner a pet tribute will be shown — a slideshow presentation on a large screen with photos of your dog, cat or maybe even your horse. Finally, the evening will end with the Pampered Pooch Parade, where handlers will walk or carry dogs — in their full attire — through the dining room for all to celebrate.

Tickets are $125 per person, Doggy Spa reservations are $75 per dog and the Pet Tribute Honor Roll is $25 per pet. For more information about the event, including other sponsorship opportunities, visit petworkstn.com.

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