The theme for this year's Bowser Bash event was "Trading Spaces". The event was held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, and featured lots of food and fun for everyone. There were great items included in the silent and live auctions. Be sure to attend the next Bowser Bash event for a great evening that helps the animals!
John and Kathy Albee were named as the new Legacy Circle inductees for their ongoing support of HSCI work. Their financial, promotional, and professional contributions have contributed to HSCI's current success. Their support of our spay/neuter and adoption programs will have long-term benefits for many.
After some pretty competitive bidding, Rob and Becca went home with a Notre Dame football package from our live auction. Becca was happy to get a basket of assorted items from our silent auction.
Jen stops for a picture in front of this fall cat planter donated by Dee Hoppe.
Chris Lynch and Gina McDannold, two of our five Volunteers of the Year, chat with Betty Beatty. All three work with planning events year-around for HSCI. Chris and Gina are partners on many projects together. Betty was one of six who planned this year's Bowser Bash. Betty made some of the decorations and set-up our lobby area and tables with the help of Diana Barthe.
Here are three more attendees, but also Bowser Bash committee members. Angela Frazier, Jane Delgado-Shadid, and Jonell Kehias were delighted at how much everyone enjoyed the event this year.
Chris Lynch and Bill Tanner have been attending the Bowser Bash for years. They had a new strategy this year--they thought sitting on this bench would give them squatter's rights. Not the case! This cat bench made of steel and wood by the Freitag family went home with someone else. Chris and Bill, however, did not go home empty-handed. They won a poster in our live auction instead.
Some of our staff members enjoy the evening celebrating the work they do each and every day.
Beth Whisman, WJBC, served as the Master of Ceremonies for our big event. Beth's heart is very much with HSCI. She regularly features two pets on WJBC's website each month and she shares with her afternoon listeners stories about the pets she meets. In April 2005, her show did a live broadcast from HSCI as a fundraiser. Beth did a wonderful job with the activities of the evening. We were delighted to have her join us.
We received many compliments on the entertainment, David Berchtold. Berchtold provided an eclectic mix of music for the evening--perfect for our group and event. Many in attendance chased him down afterwards to purchase his CDs.