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Organizers credit venue for strong fundraiser
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Helen Cassriel and Izzy Israeli dance Saturday during the 2011 Bark and Boogie Ball at the Forsyth Conference Center. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Organizers were thrilled with the results of a weekend fundraiser for the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

Lance White, society president, said Saturday night’s Bark and Boogie Ball saw a record attendance of 486 people.

He attributed the turnout to the venue, the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. It was the first time in the event’s seven-year history that it was held locally.

“We’ve always been limited in the number of tickets we could sell because of space,” White said. “So this year we were able to more than double our ticket sales.”

While proceed totals were still being tallied, White said they should also more than double what was collected at last year’s event.

The ball is the Humane Society’s single largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds benefitting various initiatives.

Among them: Reduced or low-cost spay and neuter services to those in need; Hearts Program, which takes pets into hospitals, nursing homes and schools; and a pet food pantry helping individuals who can’t afford to purchase food for their pets.

Proceeds also go toward operating costs of the no-kill shelter on Hwy. 369.