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Something for everyone at Auction for the Animals

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Mike Stoll This work by photographer Barbara Rosner is one of many pieces that will go to the highest bidders at the 19th annual Humane Society Auction for the Animals on Friday, Aug. 23.

Photo courtesy Mike Stoll
This work by photographer Barbara Rosner is one of many pieces that will go to the highest bidders at the 19th annual Humane Society Auction for the Animals on Friday, Aug. 23.

Christmas shopping in August?

Absolutely.

Does a trip to a resort in the Caribbean, Panama or Mexico sound interesting?

Come to the 19th annual Humane Society Auction for the Animals on Friday, Aug. 23, and bid on any of several different resort getaway packages.

Need a new saddle?

There will be an absolutely beautiful Royal King Trail saddle and a Fabtron Round Skirt Trail Pleasure saddle up for bid at the auction.

Are you interested in NFL memorabilia?

Bid on a football autographed by Roger Staubach or an autographed action photo of John Elway.

Are you an art lover?  You can choose from original paintings by local artist Rick Unger or numerous other fabulous paintings, prints and sculptures.

Do you appreciate beautiful jewelry?

Bid on any of a number of stunning jewelry pieces, including a Lulu Begay turquoise and coral inlay necklace and earring set; a Vernon Phillips turquoise, pearl and black onyx necklace;  a vintage traditional style red coral and silver necklace; or a magnificent 22 karat gold Trabzon bracelet.

Jewelry, signed books, original art and photography, celebrity merchandise, Wolf Creek ski passes, pet baskets for your favorite dog or cat, numerous “people” baskets for you or for the perfect gift, and several equine items can all be found in the live and silent auctions at the annual Auction for the Animals.

It will be the perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping in August and avoid the holiday rush.

This popular Pagosa event will take place Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.  Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and brown bag raffle, followed by the live auction at 7:45.

Tickets are $25 through noon the day of the event and $30 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at the Humane Society Thrift Store and animal shelter, Chamber of Commerce, Higher Grounds Coffee, and Pagosa Feed and Nursery.

Popular professional auctioneer Ken Kincaid, of OK Auctions, will again handle the bidding activity and will be assisted by our always entertaining crew of local spotters.

The price of a ticket includes a drink ticket and an excellent assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert catered by Alley House Grille, The View and DSP Pizza.  Beverages include microbrewery beer, soft drinks, and two popular wines from Scott Harvey Winery, from the heart of Amador County in California.

Plan to attend this fabulous event, which benefits a great cause.  The Humane Society provides homeless animals with temporary shelter and care until they can be reunited with their owners or an adoptive family can be found.  Keeping stray and abandoned animals off the streets and providing a safe haven for homeless animals in need is a benefit to all who reside and visit our beautiful area.  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 Humane Society relies on revenue from private donations, our thrift store, and fund-raisers such as the Auction for the Animals to fund and support the activity of the animal shelter.  For more information on the event, contact the Humane Society at 264-5549.

Please plan to attend this year’s Auction for the Animals at the Ross Aragon Community Center. You will be glad you did.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.