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Fundraiser for Humane Society set for Saturday
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Forsyth County News

Humane Society volunteer Holly Cohen says "first class" is the best way to describe Saturday's fourth annual Bark & Boogie Ball fundraiser.

"There's something for everyone," said Cohen, who founded the event. "Our entertainment is fabulous. The food is gourmet. The silent and live auctions will be going on. Everyone has a little bit of something to tempt their palate and pocketbook."

Cohen said the event usually brings in between 200 and 350 people, though this year reservations have not come in as quickly.

"It's due to the economy," Cohen said.

Event co-chair Debbie Booth said the lag in reservations will allow them to offer $100 per person at-the-door ticket sales for the evening of dancing, dinner, music and auctions.

The fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. at the Marriott Alpharetta Windward. Attendees can bid on silent auction items, which include jewelry, pet-related items, all-expense paid trips and a hot air balloon ride.

Booth said attire is tuxedo invited, which means if guys want to wear a tuxedo they can, and women should dress up as well. Ballroom dancing begins at 6:45 p.m., with the meal service at 7 p.m.

The live auction, which features items ranging from a Christmas table arrangement and Falcons game ball signed by quarterback Matt Ryan to a diamond ring and diamond heart pendant, starts at 7:45 p.m.

Booth said silent auction items can be viewed on the organization's Web site,

"We're still in the business of selling tickets," she said. "It's a great event, and it's so much fun. People will get a lot of bang for their buck."

Atlanta band Powerplay will provide the music. Booth said those looking to dance won't be disappointed.

"This band is enjoyable if you want to dance, but they're entertaining to listen to as well, for those who don't plan to dance," she said.

Cohen said those who can't attend the ball but want to make a donation can mail a check to 8080 Thunder River Way, Cumming, GA 30028. Make payable to the Humane Society of Forsyth County.