Items from local artists, crafters, businesses, friends and supporters will all be offered for bids Sunday afternoon, November 3, 2013, at the 20th Annual “Auction For Animals”. The event is presented by Pets Are Worth Saving, Inc. (PAWS), our local animal welfare organization.
There are paintings, drawings, prints, and other works of art by many of our local artists, including the late Helen DeGraff, Tim Heath, Karen Fiorino, and Karen Linduska. There will be a Stihl Chain saw donated by Ideal Lawn & Tractor of Marion, IL., a Spring Tuneup for your Riding Mower from AJ Motors, a 32 in flat screen TV donated by Kathy Swafford, a one hour massage that will be on the auction block. Meller, James, & Associates, along with many other vets throughout Southern Illinois have donated spays and neuters, and premium dog and cat foods.
We have a 15 ton load of gravel from Duty Construction, a home tanning bed donated by Joy Manning, a complete vehicle detail from Coad Chevrolet-Buick-Ford, bottles of wine compliments of the local vineyards, breakfast for four at Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast, Cherished Teddies collectibles, and a customized black granite pet marker. There’s jewelry from Lou Ann Elwell and C.P. McGinty’s in Cape, purse and jewelry from Jane Plain, beautiful wreaths, a floral arrangement from Charlotte Echols and an always popular favorite from the Rainmaker, Dave Dardis.
More items are arriving daily as the date of the benefit approaches. Beautiful hand made afghans from Mercedes Mull and Mary Anna Weakley, SIU gift baskets, SIU jewelry, hair care products from Shear Encounters, Dog Grooming by Susie and Kim’ Dog Groom in Herrin, and many, many more items will be available to bid on.
All donations and efforts go toward supporting PAWS’ rescue and humane work, particularly the operation of their no-kill facility, PAWS Place Adoption Center, located at 139 E. Vienna St., in Anna. Over 4300 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals have been placed in new homes since PAWS opened the facility in 2001. Your donations and support will make the difference in the lives of so many precious animals who rely on us for a second chance at a life of love that they so deserve.
The Auction is being held at the Great Boars Lodge on Kratzinger Hollow Road with the doors opening at 12:00 p.m. Sunday Dinner is served from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. and is catered by the Great Boars of Fire. During the afternoon the silent auction bidding tables will be open, bucket raffle, and of course, new sweatshirts, new t-shirts and other merchandise will be for sale.
The live auction begins at 3:45, and will be conducted by auctioneer, Alex Belcher. Admission for the afternoon, including Sunday dinner, is $25. For more information or to donate an item for the event, stop by PAWS Place or call 618-833-DOGS (3647).