Fourth annual event to help animals

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Sip, savor and save the animals at the Art For Animals fundraiser Friday at the GumTree Museum of Art.
The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s fourth annual shindig features dozens of works by local artists as well as a number of other gifts up for grabs in a silent auction.
Proceeds raised through the event go directly toward the nonprofit agency’s quest to build a new animal shelter. The $500,000 project will replace the cramped and aging facility on South Gloster Street.
“We need a new facility to improve conditions for the animals,” said shelter Executive Director Debbie Hood. “We want to have dog runs where the animals can go out and in. We want a cat room that isn’t near the dog area so it doesn’t stress them out. We need to raise funds quickly.”
But after years of fundraising, agency officials still have reached only about $300,000.
“Our goal is to raise as much as we possibly can Friday,” said TLHS board President Jennie Bradford Curlee. “We’ve already raised $10,000 in sponsorships alone. We’re so excited.”
Tickets cost $20 per person and include food, beverages and participation in the silent auction. Among the big items in this year’s selection are a luxury coach ride by Celebrity Coaches to and from Tunica and a Blackberry Pearl phone by CellularSouth.
The TLHS runs the county’s only animal shelter and last year took in nearly 8,500 animals. But only about 23 percent get adopted; most are euthanized because of low demand for pets.

Art for Animals
Who: Benefiting the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
Where: 7-9 p.m., Friday at the GumTree Museum of Art in downtown Tupelo.
Cost: Tickets $20 per person. Admission includes food, beverages and the opportunity to bid on original art and silent auction items.
Info: Call (662) 841-6500.