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Howl at the Moon takes bite out of spay and neuter costs

June 22, 2013|By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com
  • Raigne Hutchins of Hagerstown enjoys the music of the Moondog-Medicine Show band Saturday during the "Howl At The Moon" benefit at University Plaza in Hagerstown for the Humane Society of Washington County.
By Colleen McGrath / Staff Photographer

More than 150 people gathered Saturday night at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown for the Humane Society of Washington County’s first Howl at the Moon Party.

The event was one of about six major fundraisers the humane society holds each year, said Heather Guessford, the board of directors’ fundraising chair and the event coordinator.

“We’re so excited because it’s the first time we’ve done anything downtown as a private party,” Guessford said.

The event featured local blues-rock band Moondog Medicine Show, as well as a silent auction and a “Taste of Downtown,” which offered specially prepared dishes from area restaurants.

The goal was to raise $25,000 by the end of the night, said Michael Lausen, executive director of the humane society. More than $10,000 was raised from donations and ticket sales.

Proceeds from the four-hour fundraiser go toward the humane society’s DogSnip program, which provides low-cost spay and neuter services to economically disadvantaged dog and cat owners, said Michael Lausen, executive director of the humane society.

Major sponsors included Top Dog, Dr. John Newby and Kim Hawkins, RBC Wealth Management, Fat Cats, the City of Hagerstown, B.P. Lesky Distributors, 106.9 The Eagle, Kim Bain Advertising, Furry Friends, Susquehanna Bank, Party Animal, M.S. Johnston Co. and Sir Angus, Remington and Eleanor Lakin.

Ranee Baker, a registered veterinarian and event attendee, said she enjoyed the atmosphere.

“Animal welfare has always been one of my strong suits,” Baker said. “I try to support any cause I can.”

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