The Vanderburgh Humane Society is set to host its largest fundraiser of the year on May 21.
The Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs Benefit Dinner & Auction is back in person for the first time since 2019. Guests can enjoy a plated dinner, free beer and wine for the first hour and silent and live auctions featuring nearly 500 items when the event is staged at the Old National Events Plaza next Saturday.
“This is always a really fun event,” says Amanda Coburn, director of advancement at the Vanderburgh Humane Society. “We’ve gotten a lot of compliments over the years that it’s one of the most fun events to attend in terms of Evansville’s nonprofit gala scene. It’s really just a celebratory night for our guests to raise money for a cause they believe in.”
This year’s theme is “Bark to the Future.” Attendees are encouraged to dress up in 1980s attire, and decorations and a photo booth will be ‘80s themed.
Auctioned items include Cubs tickets, Cardinals tickets, Colts tickets, a Thomas Rhett concert package, and a 12-foot-tall skeleton for Halloween decor. Attendees can even bid on a free three-year subscription to Evansville Living magazine.
Coburn says the event typically nets the nonprofit about $60,000. Money raised will support the 11,000 pets and families served by Vanderburgh Humane Society every year.
Tickets for the 25th annual event are $100 per person, or $125 for a benefactor ticket. Tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com by 5 p.m. on May 13.