It's time again to support the animals at the shelter with the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley largest fundraiser, the 9th annual HSOV Fur Ball Dance on Feb. 25.
This year the dance (theme Mardi Gras) and silent auction will be held at the American Legion Post 159, Williamstown. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for the silent auction, food will be served at 8 p.m. and the band, Loose As It Gets, will play from 9 p.m. until midnight. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and raffle tickets. This year the raffle ticket items are comprised of the following; T/C 50-caliber muzzleloader or $300, Stihl chain saw with case, freezer with beef, wheel barrow (donated by Apex True Value) full of spirits, and $100 gasoline card (donated by Byers Exxon). When purchasing these raffle tickets you need not be present to win. These tickets may be purchased at the Norwood Tavern, Greene Street, Marietta or the Beachcomber, Williamstown, or you may call (740) 373-9503 or (740) 516-3503. However, the raffle tickets will not get you in the door.
The silent auction has some great items this year. A handmade quilt by Woolen Willow, OSU Corn Hole Game, built and donated by Rick Butler, a lottery ticket tree, designed by Carol McKitrick, a certificate tree with certificates donated by local merchants, and a very unique birdhouse handcrafted by a local artist, Foye Manual. This birdhouse is made of drift wood he finds behind his house. Foye Manual has made many birdhouses and many other items for charities over the years. Most recently he made a birdhouse for the Mike Heiss fundraiser at the Edgewater Cafe, which yielded over $200.
Foye was educated at the Washington School of Arts in Port Long Island, New York. He has paintings at the John Rossi Gallery on Front Street, and also does wood and metal sculpting, of brick and of stone. Foye lives at 258 Water St., in Lowell. If you would be interested in more of his work he may be reached at this telephone number (740) 896-2502. Foye also did the paintings and lighting for the 1976 Marietta Bicentennial.
Please try to attend this very important humane society event. It helps keep the shelter doors open and remember to please spay and neuter your pets to help control the animal population.