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By Siri Schuchardt
Special to The PREVIEW
There’s a new spin on the Humane Society Chocolate Auction.
Due to increased requests to move the event to a weekend night, the 2013 auction will move from a Wednesday night Chamber SunDowner to a Saturday night stand-alone event, with tickets now available to the public.
The new and improved Chocolate Auction and Fund-raising Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Pagosa Youth Center (parking and entry through the Humane Society Thrift Store).
Tickets are $10 and are available at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 269 Pagosa St., the Chamber of Commerce at 402 San Juan St., and Higher Grounds Coffee at 189 Talisman Drive. A limited number of tickets will be sold. If there are any remaining tickets prior to the event, they will be available for $15 at the door.
This popular, adult event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with socializing and the chance to preview the definitely decadent chocolate creations donated by local restaurants, pastry chefs, caterers, candy stores and chocolatiers.
There will be a delicious lasagna dinner and dessert served prior to the start of the auction. A cash bar will be available, with bottled beer, a wine selection and soft drinks. Iced tea and water will be provided. Background music will be by DJ Dude, Mike Hayward.
Following dinner and dessert, incredible chocolate creations will be auctioned off by auctioneer Jake Montroy to raise much-needed funds to help offset the daily operating costs at the Humane Society shelter. It is the only shelter in our community and serves to house and find homes for the homeless, lost and abandoned dogs and cats of Archuleta County, which is truly a benefit for all county residents.
The Chocolate Auction is a great way to have a fun-filled evening and, at the same time, give support to the animals through successful bidding on wonderful chocolate delights such as the cake seen on the PREVIEW cover, a past auction item created by Kathy Keyes at Pagosa Baking Company.
The Humane Society really needs your support, as it 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, the Thrift Store, and through fund raisers such as the Chocolate Auction.
For more information on the event, contact the Humane Society at 264-5549.