KAMLOOPS – May will once again be a busy month for the local B.C. SPCA as it pushes forward with its largest fundraiser of the year — the month-long City Challenge, which will include the second annual FurBall and several other events.
The City Challenge will once again pit Kamloops against Prince George, this year with a goal of $50,000.
"We're sure we're going to win this year, we're really pulling out all the stops. We really want to beat Prince George," spokesperson Michelle Virdee says. "But really it's the animals that are winning."
As part of the challenge the Kamloops branch will be hosting its second annual FurBall on Friday, May 23. The event includes gourmet food stations, a dessert bar, live entertainment, a DJ and dancing, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Everyone who attends will receive a swag bag and there will be one prize of a $1,200 barbeque as well. Tickets are $75.
The SPCA asks that attendees send in photos of pets when tickets are purchased. Not only will these photos be displayed at the event, but four winners will be picked from categories like 'Purrfect Friends,' 'Wagging Tails,' 'Feathers, Fins and Fuzzies' and 'Barnyard Buddies.'
The FurBall is one of several fundraisers counting towards the City Challenge, which is a friendly competition between SPCAs in the region to see who can raise the most money.
The Kamloops branch is also asking people donate their used books, DVDs and puzzles at North Hills mall from May 6 to 15 for a book sale which begins on May 16. Several barbecues, including one at Market Fresh Foods in Dallas on May 9, at Rivershore Chrysler on May 23 and one at M&M Meat Shops on May 30, and other events are also being planned as fundraisers for the City Challenge.
“People in the Kamloops area always manage to impress us,” Virdee says. “The passion that people have for animals is heartwarming, and we are glad that everyone pulls together to make a difference.”
People and businesses interested in helping with an event or hosting their own event are asked to call the shelter at 250-376-7722, sign up on spca.bc.ca/kamloops or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those wanting to sponsor the FurBall or offer prizes or donations for the event, contact Virdee at email@example.com or 250-574-0022.
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