Humane Society to ‘Bark & Boogie’



CUMMING, Ga. — The boogie is back at the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

The Humane Society is getting ready for its 10th annual Bark & Boogie Ball Sept. 6.

The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, the ball will serve dinner, provide live music and silent and live auctions.

Organizers are accepting sponsors, program advertisements and auction items through Aug. 6.

“I call it a prom for adults,” said Mark Schullstrom, president of the Humane Society. “It’s a lot of fun.”

When they started in 2004, a large black-tie event was a big undertaking for the no-kill shelter. Since then, it has become a tradition, which one year raised as much as $85,000. This year, the goal is set even higher.

“I’d love to raise a $100,000,” said Debbie Booth, the Bark & Boogie chair and fundraising director. “Average is never the goal.”

The event is catered by Tam’s Backstage, and live music is provided by Atlanta’s Contagious Band.

In the past, auction items have consisted of prizes such as jewelry, furniture and travel packages. There will be a portrait photographer and photo booth as well as a “sponsor a pet” program, in which guests can buy pictures of pets from the shelter.

A secret entertainment guest is being kept under wraps.

“We’re having surprise guest entertainment that will blow them away,” said Booth.

The $100,000 that the organization hopes to raise is enough to cover about two months of housing. The money will be used to update the facilities.

This summer, the Humane Society is renovating their canine building and later in the year, they plan to build another structure where they will be able to quarantine dogs, as required by law.

So far this year, the Humane Society adopted nearly 800 animals and hopes to give 1,600 cats and dogs homes in 2014.

“We’ve been breaking the record every year,” said Schullstrom.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, in the Lanier Technical College Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.

Individual tickets are $100, but group rates are also available through Aug. 1 and will be increased afterward.

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