The recent GTHS Furball Soirée, held at The Georgian Peaks Club on September 9, 2023, proved to be a heartwarming and memorable event that left a lasting impact. This annual gathering brought together over 200 passionate pet champions, who all shared a common goal: supporting day-to-day GTHS Programs and Services aimed at strengthening the bond between pets and their loving owners. TOGETHER with a special matching donor in memory of beloved Deeks, Gibbs and Marley, guests made Furball history and raised $155,000 and counting.
With the fundamental objective of promoting community wellness, the Furball Soirée managed to strike the perfect balance between fundraising and enjoyment. The funds raised during the event will be directly channeled into GTHS Programs that focus on preserving the cherished relationships between pets and their human companions, which helps advance the overall health and wellness of pets and people of South Georgian Bay.
The evening was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and new friendships, as attendees mingled with old friends and made new connections. Memories were made, as the night unfolded with dancing and celebration, making it an incredible evening for all in attendance.
The success of the Furball Soirée would not have been possible without the support of its sponsors, who played an integral role in ensuring the event’s triumph. A special shoutout goes to Paul Chapman of RBC Wealth Management, whose significant contribution as a presenter played a crucial part in the event’s seamless execution. Additional gratitude is extended to Soiree Sponsors, Effort and Ease, Dean’s Carpet One, Royal Canin, and Martin Price of Mortgage Architects for their generous support. The band was sponsored by Lovell and Associates.
Further Furball fun and fundraising was had at the silent auction. Thank you to the generosity of our loyal local community and all the businesses that donated to silent auction success:
Beachcomber Spas, Beauty Box, Blink Eyewear, Blue Mountain Golf & CC, CMH, Copper Blues, Craigleith Ski Club, Cuddle Cravers, Dags & Willow, Debbie Aziz , Dogs on the go Package, Dr. John Miller, Duntroon Highlands Golf, Effort & Ease, Georgian Glow, Gibson & Company, Georgian Peaks Ski Club, IWA Spa, Living Water Resorts Golf, Loblaw Collingwood, Loved you Madly, Margi Thompson Interior Design, Merle Norman, Metra Fashion House, Mike Ongarato Bird Houses, Monterra Golf, Mountain Side Gallery, Olser Bluff Ski Club, Oslerbrook Golf & CC, Outdoors Design Canada, Penwood Hand-crafted, Prime Seven Nine, Quaintrelle Medical Aesthetics, Remedy Medica, Robinson’s Paint, Rossignal, Sally Tuck – Artist, Skyline Group of Companies/Windermere Resort, Surf & Turf, Susan Charles, The Dog Club, The POSH Shoppe, Tin Shack, Tom Grantis, Train For Life, Turner Hospitality, Van Allen Design, VanderMarck Boutique Hotel, Waverley Workshops, YMCA
A noteworthy aspect of the Furball Soirée was the dedication of the volunteers, whose hard work and commitment shone brightly throughout the event. The tireless efforts of individuals like Megan Macdonald, Carole Binsky, Joanne Brown, Donna Arnott, Nikky Sopel, Janice Ramage, Andreia DaSilva, Shawn McLean, Marie Romanelli, Margo Boyd contributed significantly to the evening’s success.
Last but certainly not least, a thank you to Blair Locke our Talented Videographer and Event Photographer for bringing our mission to life. Appreciation is extended to our Print Sponsor the Printing and Promotion Group Inc, Dave West, and The Georgian Peaks Club and its staff, whose warm hospitality and impeccable service provided the perfect backdrop for this heartwarming event.
In conclusion, the GTHS Furball Soirée of 2023 proved to be a resounding success, both in terms of its impact on supporting pets and their owners and the joy it brought to all attendees. With the community coming together, funds raised, and memories made, the event highlighted the importance of nurturing the bonds between pets and their loving families.