Richmond’s SPCA Hosts 14th Annual Fur Ball

September 28, 2012

Online story by Manhatten Royal
Video story by Martha Brickey
VCU InSight

Richmond’s SPCA invites people and their pets for the 14th Annual Fur Ball. Photo from Richmond SPCA.

RICHMOND, Va. — When most people think about black tie events at the historic Jefferson Hotel, they do not normally envision pets as the guests of honor.

However, at the Fur Ball, canines and felines are encouraged to join the festivities.

Every year, Richmond’s SPCA hosts a Fur Ball to raise proceeds for their Cinderella fund that helps pay for veterinary and rehabilitative care for injured and unhealthy animals. This year marks the 14th annual Fur Ball.

“It’s a casual, relaxed and super-fun event, so I don’t know anybody who goes and doesn’t say they’ve had a really great time.  And it benefits and amazing, amazing cause,” said Matthew Gray, a four-year member of the Fur Ball committee.

The event includes dinner, a pet parade, and auctions to raise proceeds for the SPCA’s needs. The Fur Ball also helps homeless animals find new places to live.

“I personally think that’s so important because while we are doing something for the animals, we all know that they give us so much in return.  They just really improve the quality of our lives,” said Pat Manning, a member of SPCA’s Board of Directors and chair of the Fur Ball.

The event has raised up to $400,00 at past events and hopes to raise more this year. Richmond magazine rated the event as the “best bash” in Richmond.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Fur Ball, visit Richmond’s SPCA.