Sarge’s ‘Bash’ fun for all

Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash was a rousing success Oct. 5 at Laurel Ridge Country Club.

The sold-out benefit delighted more than 150 guests with dinner, live and silent auctions and a fun-filled new feature with summons issued to send guests to the ‘Dawg House.’ It was all in fun to benefit homeless dogs and cats in Haywood County.

Sarge’s board president, Carol Viau, gave guests an update on progress saving dogs and cats in Haywood County, highlighting the 7,900 animals Sarge’s has saved to date. She commended the Haywood County Animal Shelter staff for achieving ‘no kill’ status, with a 91 percent live release rate.

Tiffani Watts, Sarge’s administrator, spoke about the dedication of Sarge’s staff and volunteers and invited everyone at the Furry Friends Benefit Bash to visit the Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville.

“The Laurel Ridge staff got rave notices from guests for the service, the decorated venue and — most of all — for the excellent meal prepared,” said Gary Smith, event coordinator.

Auction coordinator Sarah Jane League guided guests through live auction items, ranging from a custom fishing rod, to an overnight package from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, to a private crawfish boil and dinner for eight, to a “Take the Worry out of Holiday Decorating” certificate for professional holiday decorating help.

A special VIP experience was auctioned —  the “I Want to Be a Producer” Tag-Along-VIP Experience. The winner, Phyllis Prevost, won the package for a private tour/discussion with Steve Lloyd, HART Executive Director — plus dinner for four at Harmon’s Den Bistro and a table for four, with champagne, backstage at a HART performance of “Mame.”

A surprise addition of a hot tub, valued at $4,000, from Travis Bramlett and The Hot Tub Store, in Waynesville, completed the live auction.

For information on Sarge’s work to save dogs and cats in Haywood County, call (828) 246-9050 or visit “Like” Sarge’s on FaceBook to keep up with all the happy adoption news.