Over 100 Supporters Attend SPCA Fur Ball
Published: February 14th, 2023
By: Sarah Genter

Over 100 supporters attend SPCA Fur Ball Attendees at the Fur Ball enjoyed music by opener Grady Thompson, and after the ballroom opened for the evening local band Crushing Midnight performed. (Photo by Sarah Genter)

NORWICH — The Chenango SPCA annual Fur Ball fundraiser made its return at the Canasawacta Country Club on Saturday, with over 100 Chenango County residents attending to support the shelter and the animals they care for.

"It’s been a while since we’ve been able to have this event so we’re really happy to have everyone back here," said Chenango SPCA Board of Directors Vice President Brianna Curley. "A lot of you have contributed to the SPCA in multiple ways over the years. I’m not exaggerating when I say we wouldn’t be able to operate without you, so when I say we appreciate your support, I truly and emphatically mean that."

The evening featured music by local performer Grady Thompson as well as local band Crushing Midnight, signature cocktails, passed appetizers provided by the Canasawacta Country Club, and a silent auction with several gift baskets donated by local businesses and organizations.

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Gift basket donors included Auto Spa; Denny's Liquors; James and Peggy Finnegan; Gilligan's Restaurant; Hidden Springs Brewhouse; Hub Cap Munchies; Lauren, Mark, and Bailey Howell; Massage by Lisa; Maggie's Farm; Matthew's Auto; Mayhood Sporting Goods; McNeil Jewelers; Minty's Candies and Treats; Nazitto's Wines and Liquors; NY Pizzeria; Nina's Pizzeria; Bette Osborne; Ray's BBQ; Sarah Young; Saturdays in the Park with Chobani; Splendor Inn; The Stadium; Tractor Supply - Norwich; Kathie Webster; Sarah Williams; and Yacano's Paving and Excavating.

The fundraiser was also the inaugural event for the Chenango SPCA's new executive director Patrick McLaughlin, who began in his new role on Monday, February 6.

"Thanks again to the board of directors, the fundraising committee that put this together, Grady for the fantastic music. It’s been a pleasure so far," said McLaughlin. "As the new executive director I’m thrilled to have so many willing and enthusiastic donors here."