Wags & Whiskers Gala: There’s still time to fetch tickets!

By on November 1, 2017

The fund-raising season has started on the Outer Banks, and it’s a time many look forward to.

And the next big event is one of the best-attended of the gala season, which starts in early fall and runs through March.

On Nov. 17, Wags & Whiskers will host their 7th Annual Gala at Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores.

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The event benefits four local animal welfare groups: the Coastal Humane Society, Feline Hope, Friends of Felines- Cape Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks SPCA.

It’s the perfect opportunity to help a group of Outer Banks residents who have no voice, no political power and depend entirely on us to make their lives healthier and safer.

The theme this year is “Cheers to the Animals,” and the look and feel of the decorations and settings will follow a wine and vineyard theme.

Over the prior six galas, the event has raised over $210,000 for animal welfare groups.

Fun is always o the menu at Wags & Whisker’s galas.

Those proceeds have funded spay/neuter assistance and clinics, care and management of feral cats, affordable rabies and vaccination clinics, emergency medical care, social services for residents and their pets, sheltering and finding homes for homeless cats and dogs, shelter care, and supporting investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect cases.

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One of the best attributes of the gala involves the actual fund raising itself.

Prior to the event, sponsors are sought from the local business community, and 100 percent of that sponsorship money goes straight to the beneficiary organizations.

Attendees actually pay for the cost of putting on the event through ticket sales, silent auctions and other attractions.

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The silent auction is amazing, and includes restaurant dinners, works of art, spectacular vacation destinations, packages to pamper your feline and canine fur babies, and much, much more.

Those sales not only cover the cost of the gala but generate enough revenue that the net proceeds after expenses are added to the sponsorships, increasing the money donated to the four collaborating groups.

The cost is $50 a person and includes a buffet dinner prepared by Duck Woods Country Club, music and dancing to the sounds of The Crowd and a full cash bar.

Attire is flexible. Women typically wear cocktail or party dresses, men’s attire ranges from sports coats to suits, with or without ties. Some attendees choose to go fully formal, with black tie attire for men and gowns for the ladies, so if you want to put on the Ritz, you won’t be out of place.

And, we’re not exaggerating when we say the event sells out almost every year and time is running short.

Tickets are available at Waverider’s Coffee, Deli and Pub at Pirates Quay in Nags Head, as well as Outer Beaches Realty in Avon.

The silent auction is always a big hit.

You can also purchase online from Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086097.

There is a fee charged by Brown Paper, so the tickets come to $52.74 if purchased online.

Outer Bankers love their pets.

But not all of our pets have homes, and not all of our residents can afford the vaccinations and other care expenses associated with their pets.

The animals lack a public relations voice and of course, have no financial resources of their own.

So it’s up to us to make that happen!

Attend the ‘Cheers to the Animals’ gala and you won’t be disappointed.

Dine, dance, celebrate and take advantage of the items offered at the silent auction which are truly crowd pleasers, with something for everyone.

Wags and Whiskers and the animals promise you’ll have a good time.

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