Paws for the Cause 2014-Benefit Dinner and Auction for Lucy Mac

Have you ever traded a dog biscuit for a glass of wine? Well you could have Thursday night at the 10th Annual Paws for the Cause Benefit Dinner and Auction for the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. The event was held at Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm and what a perfect fit for the event. As the cocktail hour and Silent Auction item bidding began the sun began setting and the hills around the farm were glowing. Walking up to collect your bidding bone (paddle) and dog biscuit, you are greeted by an amazing Adirondack Guide Boat built locally in North Pomfret Vermont.
After collecting your bidding bone and biscuit you entered the tent filled with wonderful music provided by local band Sensible Shoes and table upon table of Silent and Live Auction prizes. Take your biscuit to the bar and trade it for a glass of wine, a local beer or a soda. Then off to the tables to start entering your Silent Auction Bids.
Auctioneer Kathy Kingston called last call on bidding on Silent Auction items at 7:15 and guests took their seats for dinner and the Live Auction to begin. Also added this year was a fun event called Heads and Tails. Patrons were asked to purchase a beaded necklace to allow them to participate in a game that combined quick guessing and chance. You could place your hands on your Head or your Tail and a coin was flipped. If you guessed correctly you could continue to the next round.
As dinner was served, the Live Auction began and bidding was fierce. The evening wound down with one person at each table becoming an "auctioneer" to auction off the table centerpieces. Folks collected up their goodies and proceeded to the check out table.
The event raised over $50,000 for Lucy Mac to allow them to continue to offer the Lucy Mac Kid's Camp, their low cost spay and neuter clinics, their canine obedience classes and canine agility classes. In addition, funds will be used towards new programs that will help create a more humane community, like this year's "Fund A Need"-Lucy Mackenzie's MacReadiness Program. This program will allow behavior assessment of the animals and an individual behavior modification program will be developed so ultimately, each animal's stay at the shelter will be reduced. And these animals will make a move to a forever home more quickly .

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Paws For The Cause 2014
10th Annual Lucy Mackenzie Benefit Dinner and Auction
Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Quechee VT May 29, 2014
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