Rory Allen. Submitted photo
Ticket sales for Kisses for Kritters aren’t where the humane society hopes they’ll end up.
“Ticket sales are a little bit slow, so we are hoping that people are sort of waiting for a last minute thing. We do hear that people in Moose Jaw often buy tickets at the very last minute,” said Stephenie Campbell, promotions and outreach co-ordinator with the Moose Jaw Humane Society. “So we’re just trying to get the message out to reminding everyone that it’s going on.”
The third annual humane society fundraiser, set for Thursday at the Heritage Inn, will feature cocktails, a roast chicken dinner and dessert followed by a performance by Elvis Presley tribute artist, Rory Allen. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and entertainment will start at 8:30 p.m.
“We’ve got some amazing silent auction items, which always goes better when you have a good crowd,” said Campbell. “Rory Allen’s excited about coming down for this and we’re just trying to get as many people as we possibly can.”
Some of the silent auction items include jewelry, art, Saskatchewan Roughrider items and pet items.
“We know that Rory Allen puts on a really good show. He gets out in the crowd and he pays attention to everyone,” said Campbell. “He really relates well to the crowd and makes it worthwhile for everyone to be here.”
Last year the fundraiser sold out.
“This is one of our major events on our fundraising calendar. It’s something that we have to do to keep things going here. We have new expenses every month and new animals coming in all the time,” said Campbell. “We have a lot of medical expenses and we try to do as much spade and neutering as we can and I think perhaps people assume that we get that done for free, but that’s not free.
“We have to pay for every spade and neuter that we do so that costs money. So the more money that we can raise through these fundraisers, the more … animals we can take care of in the course of a month.”
She said every penny counts and for this fundraiser, people will get “something wonderful for their money.” The shelter is also encouraging businesses to buy a table for eight people at a cost of $350.
Tickets are $50 each and each purchase is eligible for a $25 tax receipt if requested. Tickets are available at the shelter, at the Heritage Inn, at the book sale in the Town ‘n’ Country Mall or by calling the shelter at 306-692-1517.
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