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SPCA of Hancock County Fur Ball July 10

A week's stay in the beautiful Villa Martini in Bali, Indonesia, is just one of the many amazing auction items up for bid at the SPCA Fur Ball benefit and auction.
A week's stay in the beautiful Villa Martini in Bali, Indonesia, is just one of the many amazing auction items up for bid at the SPCA Fur Ball benefit and auction.
Posted June 23, 2013, at 8:03 a.m.

TRENTON – Reservations are now available for the SPCA of Hancock County’s seventh annual Fur Ball benefit and auction. The Fur Ball, which is the non-profit animal welfare organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Wednesday, July 10, at the Bar Harbor Club, located on Bar Harbor’s waterfront.

Admission is $150 per person or a table for ten is available for $1500.

The festive evening includes an open bar, hor’deurves, seated dinner, music by acclaimed pianist Paul Sullivan, and silent and live auctions. Auction items include vacations at spectacular villas in Bali, Spain, and Virgin Gorda, a stay at the San Juan Islands in Washington state, a vacation at a seaside eco-resort in St. John, a tour of the gardens at Martha’s Stewart’s Seal Harbor estate, jewelry by local artisans, dinners at popular area restaurants, artwork by Francis Hamabe, Richard Estes, Henry Isaacs and R. Scott Baltz, and a cocktail party for 25 people in your home with live music by Paul Sullivan.

“We have so many wonderful and exciting auction items this year that were donated by many generous businesses and individuals,” said Jamie O’Keefe, co-chairman of the Fur Ball. “We can’t thank them enough for their donations. With their support, we are hoping that this will be our most successful Fur Ball to date.”

Jennifer Skiff, Vice-President of the SPCA’s Board of Directors and author of best-selling The Divinity of Dogs, will be the master of ceremonies. Dr. Barbara Royal, author and celebrity veterinarian who has cared for the pets of Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand, is the guest of honor. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s in New York City will again serve as the auctioneer.

All the proceeds from the event support the SPCA’s shelter in Trenton and the animals in the organization’s care. Since opening the doors of its expanded shelter in 2010, the SPCA has found homes for hundreds of unwanted dogs and cats. It costs approximately $30,000 each month to operate the shelter and the SPCA relies on the Fur Ball to raise about a third of its annual operating budget.

“It takes one full year of dedication from volunteers to put together The Fur Ball. In that one night of fun, we often raise about one-third of our operating costs,” Skiff said. “The Ball is crucial to the continued success of the work we do for the people and animals of Hancock County and beyond.”

The SPCA is an organization that relies on compassion to survive, Skiff added.

“There is the compassion of those who dedicate countless hours to rescuing the abused and abandoned animals of Hancock County, and there are the people who have compassion in their heart for all creatures – those who give to our cause,” she said. “Together, we are a team and it’s a great team!”

Jennifer McNally, President of the SPCA of Hancock County, said summertime is when the shelter really needs the public’s support.

“During warmer periods of the year, we are typically full to capacity. Please help us provide much needed care to animals in need and support to your community by attending the 7th annual Fur Ball. We know you will have a fun and exciting evening!” McNally said.

To make reservations for the Fur Ball or to become a business or individual sponsor of the event, please contact Cheryl Cummings at the SPCA at (207) 667-8088. Reservations and donations can also be made online at www.spacahancockcounty.org

The SPCA of Hancock County was established in 1911 and provides services on behalf of animals in Hancock County and beyond. For decades, the organization operated a small shelter on Mount Desert Island. In 2003, the board of directors took on an ambitious goal, to build a permanent shelter and locate it in the heart of the county. With help from generous members of the community, the shelter was completed in 2010. It can currently house up to 130 cats, 15 dogs and a bunch of happy rabbits and other animals. The SPCAHC is a no-kill shelter.

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