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Area artists to be featured at Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society Auction

January 30 in Gloucester

The new Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society at 6722 Sutton Road in Gloucester County.  (Photo by Eric Deagle and Mike Kucera)
More than 30 local and regional artists have signed on to create original centerpieces for the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society Annual Auction.

This year’s auction, with a Motown theme and “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” as the title track, promises to be the best yet, said an event spokesperson.  The auction is the Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser for the operations budget and will be held January 30 at 6 p.m. at the Abingdon Ruritan Center in Bena.

Artists taking part in this event include Pat Bohon, Cassie Brill, Ceci Brown, Rosalie Brown, Casey Carneal, Catherine Clausen, Manuel Cruz, Carolyn Dudley, Gary Edmundson, Dorothy Fagan, Ray Friend, Tim Hale, Ann Hohenberger, Mimi Jackson, Rob Kincaid, Carrie Kitchell, Kathy Klein, Debbie LaFrance, Karen Malo, Linda Marshall, Chris McKann, Sally Moore, P. Buckley Moss, Amy Richardson, Patti Rosenberg, Lynn Ripley, Jennifer Schroeder, Elizabeth Schnabel, Barbara Smigel, Amy Stevens, Nancy Thomas, Linda Walker, Tammye Van Clief and Jim Waggener.

Many of these generous artists are animal lovers, pet owners and volunteers themselves. Artist Cassie Brill of Middlesex and her bloodhounds give company to the elderly and comfort to patients through pet therapy. They even traveled to Washington, D.C., to comfort the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon. As a recreational therapist, Brill knows the value of the comfort, love and acceptance animals give and is glad to support the cause; just one of the ways these wonderful artists give back to their communities.

Each artist has been given an animal form taken from the GMHS’s logo of cat, dog, horse, bird, goat and rabbit. They have free creative interpretation in making each form into an original centerpiece. Each piece will be available in the silent auction and friendly competition in bidding is expected as these artists are all area favorites.

Other auction highlights include trips, an antique oriental rug, great furniture, sparkling diamond solitaire earrings, weeks at vacation homes and a pig-picking for 100.

The evening will include music from the Motown era, great food, cash bars, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

Reserve seating tables for eight are $400. General admission tickets are $40. Seating is guaranteed with reserve tables only.

Please make checks payable to GMHS and mail to GMHS Auction , P.O. Box 2, Bena, VA 23018. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Shannon Fedors at 804-642-4320.

The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society serves the animals of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex and is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays for adoptions only from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit the Humane Society on the web at

posted 01.05.2010

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