It's Time to Shake Your Tail at the "Bark & Boogie Ball"

By: Sybil Hall-Beheler

The Annual "Bark and Boogie Ball" is almost upon us. The event will be held this year at the Lanier Tech College Forsyth Conference Center (7745 Majors Road, Cumming,GA, on October 20th from 6pm until Midnight. It's sponsored by the Humane Society of Forsyth County (HSFC), a no-kill shelter. Additional sponsors for the event are: Kohl's, Chef Kern's, My Mercedes & Bimmer Place, Lennar, Forsyth County News, Top Dog Golf Carts and Pops!

This black tie event features a gourmet buffet dinner by Chef Kern and an open bar, plus dancing and entertainment provided by Big Band Atlanta and Band X. The event also offers silent and live auctions featuring loads of great items and trips! Additionally, there will be a raffle for a personalized 2008 golf cart for $25/each.

The purpose of this fabulous evening is to raise funds to support the shelter. The Humane Society of Forsyth County is dedicated to preventing cruelty to, relieving the suffering of and providing humane treatment for animals. The HSFC was founded on December 20th, 1975. They're a volunteer organization interested in the re-homing, or placement by adoption, of abandoned cats, dogs, kittens and puppies within the Forsyth County area. They also serve the Roswell, North Fulton, John's Creek and Alpharetta areas. The Humane Society has a wide variety of programs available for our community. Among them are: the HSFC Thrift Store, where you can donate your gently used items to be sold to raise funds; SNAP, a reduced cost spay and neuter program; the Feral Cat program; Human Hearts Therapy; a Pet Food Pantry; Rescue Walkers and becoming a Foster parent for a pet in need. The Humane Society is always in need of volunteers. If you're interested in helping out this worthy cause, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Laura Wolf at the shelter 770-887-6480.

The Humane Society faces new challenges due to the economy, as foreclosures and job losses force families to give up their pets. The number of homeless animals admitted into the program has increased substantially, but miraculously HSFC doubled the number of permanent adoptions last year and that trend is continuing. Proceeds from the Bark & Boogie Ball fund shelter operations, veterinary care, education and community outreach and programs to help low-income families feed and spay or neuter their pets. HSFC receives no funds from Forsyth County, the State of Georgia, the Humane Society of the U.S. or any other organization. The Shelter is funded entirely through private donations and fundraising events.

So come on out and enjoy a great evening of delicious food, great music and the knowledge that while you're having fun, you're also making a difference for the animals of Forsyth County. Tickets for the event are $90 each or $800 for a table of ten. Tickets can be purchased by calling Debbie Booth at 404-202-3077 or email at Additional information is available at



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