On Saturday, May 18, HSCI held the "3rd Annual Dinner and Auction" event at the Uptown Marriott in Normal. The event helps raise awareness as we celebrate our cause and support our mission to find loving, forever homes for abused and unwanted pets. The evening began with cocktails, appetizers, and silent auction. The dinner and a live auction then followed. A big Thank You goes to everyone who attended the event and helped support the pets!
Auction items are ready for delivery to the Marriott.
Information for the bid packets is ready to be assembled.
Guests begin arriving, mixing, and mingling.
More mixing and mingling.
While some guests bid on our silent auction items, others visit.
Board president Tim Anderson (left) and Bob Ryder, owner Pawsitive Transformations.
Lots of wonderful silent auction items to bid on!
Lots of bidders mean good things for HSCI!
New this year ... mystery bottles of wine for $20. One special bottle contained a $100 bill! It was a big hit and 75 bottles were sold in 25 minutes!
Lots of interest in the Lavender section.
Admiring the silent auction items.
Having a good time during the silent auction.
Guests get seated for dinner and the live auction.
Susan and Bob Ryder, and Helen Katz enjoy conversation before dinner begins.
Emcee Larry Little leads the live auction.
Great crowd of over 225 supporters! HSCI is grateful for everyone's support!
Good fun at the WJBC table. Thanks for your support!
A crowd favorite…the Heads or Tails 50/50 gets everybody going!
Looks like this group all went for "Tails"!
Down to the small group of Heads/Tails survivors.
Special HSCI alum "Stanley" pays a visit during the Fund a Need section, which raised funds for the medical care needed for many pets before they are ready for adoption. Stanley required mouth surgery costing $1,400. He's now living happily with this wonderful family!
Larry leads the crowd in pledges for our Fund a Need. Thanks to our very generous guests, we raised over $35,000 for Fund a Need alone!