The SPCA of Jefferson County is preparing for its 19th annual "Bark and Wine" Valentine's Day auction this weekend, February 9, from 6 to 10 p.m.at the Watertown Flower Memorial Library. The auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year, according to Executive Director Douglas J. Marlow. It also provides an excellent opportunity for networking and partnership within the community and for the agency's membership and volunteers.
The auction will feature both silent and live auctions with over 200 items made available through the generosity of the community, including beautiful gift baskets, gift certificates and pet items. For the live auction, expect a variety of larger and more valuable items, including an African safari for two.
June DeLair of the Constableville auction hall will be the auctioneer for the live auction segment of the benefit. Ms. Delair also provided some fun ideas to increase participation during the event with additional opportunities for fundraising for the SPCA, which is a not for profit agency.
Organizers are Jennifer S. Schnabel, Elizabeth R. Weldon and Julia R. Bonisteel, who continue to pour a tremendous amount of work into the event which helps support the numerous animals that enter the SPCA in need of homes. Mr. Marlow noted last year's auction brought in $20,000 that provided for the care of the shelter's residents and supported vaccinations and spaying and neutering the animals.
Sponsors include Watertown Savings Bank, Carthage Savings and Loan, AmeriCU Credit Union and Leo J. Spink. Anyone interested in sponsorship may contact the SPCA at 315-782-3260.
The ticket price of $30 per person or two for $55 includes admission to the event and food.