Get ready for a sweet evening at the Chocolate Auction March 18

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW

The Humane Society Chocolate Auction and fundraising dinner will be held March 18 in the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 279 Pagosa St., the animal shelter at 465 Cloman Blvd., or by calling 264-5549.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for this popular annual event with socializing and a preview of more than 30 decadent chocolate creations donated by pastry chefs, bakers, caterers, restaurants and creative chocolatiers. The price of admission includes a delicious seated dinner and dessert served prior to the live auction. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening with wine, beer and soft drinks.

The always-entertaining balloon pop is back by popular demand. Purchase a balloon and have the opportunity to pop it during the evening to win an assortment of great prizes. Balloon pop prizes have been generously donated by local businesses and each balloon is guaranteed to have a value equivalent to or greater than the purchase price. Balloons are limited and will be sold at the door while supplies last. Buy-it-now also returns this year, featuring plates of delectable goodies from local bakers that can be purchased prior to the live auction.

Following dinner and dessert, the incredible chocolate creations will be auctioned to raise much-needed funds to help offset the daily operating costs of the Humane Society animal shelter. The shelter provides a safe haven for the lost, abandoned and homeless dogs and cats of Archuleta County until they can be reunited with their family or adopted into a new home.

The Chocolate Auction is a great way to have a fun-filled evening enjoying good company, a great meal, popping balloons, eating dessert and bidding on delectable chocolate — all in support of the shelter animals.

Previous Chocolate Auctions have raised enough funds to buy a year’s worth of food for the more than 600 dogs and cats that pass through the animal shelter annually. With the support of our chocolate donors and auction attendees we hope to make this year’s event equally successful.

The Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or from United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, our thrift store and fundraisers such as the Chocolate Auction to keep the animal shelter operating.

For more information on the auction or other Humane Society programs and services, please contact our administration office at 264-5549. See you at the auction March 18.

This story was posted on March 13, 2017.