UNION PIER — The Michiana Humane Society cares for more than 1,000 animals a year, and that mission got a big boost on Aug. 28 from the Music In The Pines concert and auction.
Michiana Humane Society Executive Director Johanna Humbert thanked hosts Jeff and Allison Goldberg for sharing their “magical” Whispering Pines property in rural Union Pier where the festivities included live music by The Newports, an exciting auction of amazing offerings, and periodic visits from resident dachshund “Olivia.”
Humbert also thanked lead sponsor @properties (which she said has sponsored the Humane Society’s summer event at the Grand Cottage since 2015) and all the other sponsors “for making an investment in the shelter, and helping us make things happen for over a thousand animals every year who need our help.”
“Our mission is to enrich the community by giving pets and the people they love a second chance, and all the proceeds from tonight’s event will help us to do that,” she said.
Music In The Pines co-host (and Michiana Humane Society Board Chair) Allison Goldberg thanked everyone for helping support the Michiana Humane Society
“It means so much to Jeff and I that you are here to share our very beloved property,” she said.
She also thanked members of the organizing committee, Colleen Neubauer and others for making the fund-raiser possible
Goldberg later spoke about the need to provide additional funding for the Humane Society’s Petey’s Fund for Sick Animals.
She said Petey was a sweet little dog that come into the shelter very sick and needed a great deal of care – but the money to do so was just not there.
“In the old days he would have just been euthanized, but one of the things we’re trying to do – and what we have accomplished, is that we send 98 percent of the animals that come through our doors out live. So that’s quite an accomplishment, we try not to euthanize. We are a no-kill shelter.”
Goldberg said in the case of Petey’s vetrinary bills, “we put out the call, and all of you and all of your friends and neighbors in the community responded. We got together enough money to help Petey … he went home healthy, sound, and he’s in his happy, second-chance forever home.”
A fund named after Petey was then established to help “these special animals that come in .. to make them whole again.”
Goldberg said the COVID period has strained the fund since owner-surrenders of pets needing medical care have gone “through the roof” mostly due to financial hardship. Also, a dog with the highly-contagious Parvo virus forced the shelter to take steps to keep it from spreading including isolating everyone in the surgical unit (according to the Michiana Humane Society website “Onyx” has since recovered and been placed in a new home). An outbreak of ringworm and another isolation period didn’t help either. Goldberg said Shelter Manager Karen Edwards has gone over and above the call of duty to get the shelter back to being healthy.
“We need some help with Petey’s Fund, we need to be able to help these animals because when they come in they haven’t been taken care of, they haven’t gotten their vaccinations, they have heart worm, they have Parvo virus, they have all these diseases that should have been eradicated,” she said.
Following the live auction portion of the evening (details appear below), a Fund-a-Paws paddle-raise session reached its goal of raising $50,000 for Petey’s Fund.
Humbert had earlier noted “because of your generosity we’re helping more animals than ever.”
Dave Meyers and Stacy Hirsch of Scheerer-McCullough Auctioneers successfully sought bids on a treasure trove of offerings that included the following: A carry-out Thanksgiving dinner for 6 donated by Chef Jackie Shen; a four-night getaway to the Telluride, Colorado, home of the Goldbergs for 4 people with private jet transportation and breakfast and dinner each day (“Telluride is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet,” Allison Goldberg said); Four tickets to the Sept. 11 Chicago Cubs home game versus San Francisco and dinner at Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville; Flhair, Fashion and Food for Fabulous Five by Timothy Jeffry Salon and Farina’s Supper Club; a commissioned pet painting by abstract artist Eva Carlini; a gourmet dinner and award-winning wine pairings for 10 guests at Tabor Hill Winery; a personalized oil portrait of your dog by renowned artist Thomas Allen Pauly; a queen-size “Radiant Design” quilt hand-made by Kathy Sorenson; a sunset cruise for 16 aboard the Nightingale yacht on Lake Michigan with hors d’oeuvres and beverages; and a weekend getaway for 4 at the Halls School vacation rental in a restored vintage schoolhouse with dinner for 4 at Susan’s Restaurant.
All told Humbert said Music In The Pines netted about $150,000 for the animals.
More than 260 tickets were sold for the event and Eileen Kochanny won her second consecutive best picnic scene award (featuring “Lady and the Tramp”). Many attending the Ravinia-style event set up intricate seating/dining areas on the lawn between the music stage and a pond.
The Michiana Humane Society’s next fund-raising event is scheduled to be an Oct. 16 Studio Art Tour featuring a selection of studio tours from artists of Harbor Country followed by an after party.
The Society also is seeking pet fosters. According to the MHS website,”We will provide the pet, basic supplies and vet care. You provide the home, care and love.”
For more, go to https://michianapets.org.