Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society opens ticket sales for gala and auction
GLOUCESTER—Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS) will host The Golden Paws Gala and Auction on Saturday, January 25, from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Abingdon Ruritan Club. Presented by Guardian Sponsor Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management, the annual gala and auction is the shelter’s premier fundraiser.
Inspired by the glamor of Hollywood, the event will include an unforgettable evening of cocktails and cuisine, live and silent auction offerings and music from “Good Shot Judy.”
Auction items will offer something for every taste and include a stunning array of high-quality experiences, fine art, furnishings and more. Live auction offerings range from four tickets and a coveted parking pass to the February 29 Duke versus University of Virginia basketball game; a North Carolina mountain escape for two, including stays at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Greystone Inn and The Park on Main Hotel, and a private tour of Southern Highlands Reserve; and a stay for 10 at The Inn at Warner Hall with a bonfire, beverages and Scott’s BBQ followed by a sumptuous breakfast the next day.
Silent auction offerings include a one-night stay for two at The Cavalier Hotel and a tour of Tarnished Truth Distillery; a bouquet, plant or arrangement every month for one year from the area’s best growers or florists, including Brent & Becky’s, Riverwood Designs, Seasons of Williamsburg, Gloucester Florist and roses from Emily Barbee’s rose garden at Five Gables; and 100 clams and 200 oysters from Mobjack Bay Seafood.
The event will also feature a raffle to benefit the shelter. The two prizes up for grabs are a stunning gold cuff bracelet anonymously donated by a friend of the shelter and a getaway at Lydia Mountain. Donated by Chris Brown, farm manager at Dunham Massie Farm and one of GMHS’ life-saving partners, the package includes a $500 gift certificate to Lydia Mountain, a $500 Visa gift card for food beverages or additional nights, and a bottle of wine to take home on January 25 and enjoy while planning the mountain escape. Only 400 tickets will be sold ($20 each or 6 for $100). Raffle tickets may be purchased at the GMHS front desk through January 24 and during the gala and auction. Winners need not be present to win, and the first present winning ticket holder gets choice of prize.
GMHS Executive Director April Martinez said, “Each year, the bar is set ever higher for the quality of auction items and event experience offered to our guests. Each year, our auction committee volunteers and donors deliver. We look forward with great excitement to an evening that affords our guests the opportunity to enjoy amazing food and entertainment and the fun of bidding on exclusive auction offerings—all while sharing their heart for our life-saving mission. Our ability to remain a beacon of hope and safe harbor for homeless pets is directly linked with the event’s success, and the sense of gratitude we have for auction guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers is profound indeed.”
Tickets are available for purchase by calling 804-693-5520, ext. 321, and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets are $125 and must be purchased by January 15 for guaranteed seating. Reserved tables for eight are also available for $750, and event sponsorships begin at $1,000.
Visit gmhumanesociety.org/2020-gala-and-auction.html for a complete list of sponsors and live and silent auction donors. All proceeds from the event and associated raffle will benefit GMHS and be used to save and transform the lives of homeless pets.