Show fantasy, raise funds for animals | Community

Although the Maryville Alcoa Animal Rescue Center didn’t expect its guests to be dressed in evening gowns and tuxedos at the annual fundraiser, the satin and black-tie attendance was as chic as the long curtains. of velvet hanging from the walls of the Capitol Theater. Friday night.

Since this was a masquerade event, most of the attendees hid under feathered, jewelry-adorned or animal-themed masks. The light danced on the people – who themselves danced at the end of the night – the chandelier-shaped lamps and the metal table tops on which the lamps sat.

MAARC has run out of tickets for the event. Board member Lisa Breazeale said the center hopes to raise between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000 to maintain the shelter without killing.

“Seeing everyone having fun, dressing up a bit and having fun…” said Breazeale, “you know, it’s been a while since everyone has been able to go out. So I think everyone really enjoyed it. This is my favorite part.

In addition to the money raised through the cost of a ticket, there was a silent auction with an assortment of gift baskets. The baskets ranged from a $ 50 gift card for a clothing store to one valued at $ 1,775 with a golden dog collar and a gold and diamond ring wrapped inside.

Each participant was also eligible to win a raffle item if their ticket number was announced. One of the raffle items was called “Ruff Day” and was a bag containing three bottles of wine.

A spinning wheel was also accessible all night. Anyone who spins the wheel could win a MAARC t-shirt or a scented candle. Maryville Police Department Chief Tony Crisp handed one of the workers money, spun the steering wheel and won a candle.

“We cannot execute the rescue without the support of the community,” said Breazeale. “It’s events like this, along with the support and donations from the community that keep us going. “

She said some of the dogs they care for come to the shelter scared and aggressive, so they work with them and try to train them to be adopted, which is expensive.

Jennifer Eanes, Executive Director of MAARC, delivered a speech encouraging donations, thanking the crowd for coming and showing some of the challenges that the relief center is “facing”.

She addressed the crowd as “animal lover friends” and asked them to imagine that the animals at the shelter were theirs. She told the crowd that the rescue center had spent around $ 14,000 on sterilization and sterilization costs over the previous year, which she equated to the cost of a new Nissan Versa to put it in. perspective.

“If you own a Versa it’s not aimed at you,” she said, and the crowd laughed.

Throughout the speech she said

stories of animals that had been adopted from the rescue center. “Stubborn Rusty,” whose favorite hobby is licking the couch, was one of them.

Rusty’s owner Katie Schoepke said they thought Rusty was 2.5 years old when she adopted him. He was one of the animals that required behavioral training because they believed his previous owners had beaten him.

“(MAARC) actually invested the time to train him, so I was able to take him home,” Schoepke said. “Whenever I first met him, I didn’t realize he was so traumatized and abused.”

Eanes said all money raised will go to the animals. She said the donations would help pay for spaying and neutering, behavioral counseling and the train, and emergency medical bills for cats and dogs.

The last slide of his presentation had a quote: “and the volunteers worked until the animals lived happily ever after”.

Shortly after the presentation ended, the tables were removed from a portion of the floor that opened up for dancing. The lasers reflected off a disco ball and through the fog floating above the heads of the dancers who Eanes said were “dressed new.”

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