DANVILLE — If you need an excuse to get gussied up, the Humane Society of Danville is offering its first formal fundraiser.
The theme for this year’s Woofstock is Pawparazzi Gala.
“It’s fun if you want to get fancied up,” kennel director Alyssa Julian said. However, there’s no dress code, and if you don’t want to put on formal clothes, that’s OK, too. No one will be turned away.
The sixth annual fundraiser will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday at The Heron, 34 N. Vermilion St. People may come and go anytime during those hours.
The $30 tickets include music, magic show, hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic drinks and a chance to bid on silent auction items. People pay for the alcoholic drinks.
“I think this is going to be our best Woofstock yet,” said volunteer and board member Greg Bird. “Our staff has worked really hard putting this together. We have a lot of nice items up for auction, good food, and a good band all in a nice venue.”
Local blues band Cobalt will perform all evening. David Boothe will do magic tricks around the room 6-8 p.m.
The winners of the silent auction items and a hand-made quilt will be announced at 8:30 p.m. Participants don’t have to be present to win.
The silent auction offers a variety of baskets and certificates, such as: a family-size meal from the Slotted Spoon; three yards of mulch from Berry’s; two season passes to the DLO Musical Theatre; a full detail from Carmack Car Capitol; two Color Splash admissions from the Danville Art League; two season tickets to the Danville Symphony Orchestra; and a hot air balloon ride for two.
Also, raffle tickets will be sold for a quilt made by Marianne Venute, with the winner announced at 8:30 p.m.
The first Wine Pull at Woofstock will take the place of the grab bags. People will pay $10 for a cork; that cork will have a number on it, and there will be a wine with a matching number.
Last year, Woofstock raised more than $10,000. The highest amount raised was $15,000 a couple of years ago, Julian said, and she would like to meet or exceed that amount.
“That would be awesome,” she said.
Proceeds from Woofstock are used to meet the day-to-day expenses at the shelter, such as electricity and water.
The Humane Society doesn’t receive any money from the city. The items used daily, such as food, are donated, but the shelter has to pay for overhead, veterinary care, employees’ pay, medication and emergencies.
Some of its income is from the thrift shop.
“I hope a lot of people come out to have some fun with us and support our shelter,” Bird said.