SCARF plans fundraiser dance

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — The ongoing fundraising by the Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation (SCARF) for a new animal shelter will get a boost, Feb. 11, when the organization hosts Scarfapawlooza.

The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., Botkins, will feature music by the Joel Young Band, snacks, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction of gift baskets and a cash bar. The SCARF mascot, Scarfie, will attend. Dances with Scarfie will cost $1 each.

Admission tickets cost $10 each and are available at the door.

“We hope to have 250 people in attendance,” said SCARF board member Julie Ehemann, recently.

The band will begin to play at 9 p.m. The event will end at midnight.

Among the gift baskets to be auctioned are one themed with Ohio State items, another for date night and one for Valentine’s Day.

Proceeds from Scarfapawlooza will support the Building a Pawsitive Future capital campaign to construct the Bob Sargeant & Family Shelby County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. SCARF has already reached 78 percent of its $2.4 million goal.

“We have (donations and pledges) totalling $1,862,040.32,” Ehemann said. “We have some people who said, ‘When you get to 75 percent, come talk to me.’ So we may have something to announce at Scarfapawlooza.”

A November drive to get 30 dog kennels in the new shelter sponsored in 30 days was successful and brought in $180,000. Kennel donors included Allison’s Custom Jewelry, Gateway Arts Council and Chris and Deb Gibbs, Marsha Jarvis, Western Ohio Mortgage, Keith and Lisa Schnelle, Ferguson Construction, Elizabeth and Robert Baird, Ralph and Clara Keister, Gary and Joan Neubauer and Family, Butch and Jan Sparks, Linda Glessner, Steve and Peggy Baker, Mark and Shelly Dooley and the Humphrey Family.

“There are not 30 names, as some persons donated for more than one,” Ehemann said.

There are still naming opportunities available for various parts of the shelter. A $55,000 donation would name the welcome center; $44,000, the reception counter; and $25,000, the courtyard. Individuals or businesses who give $500 will have their names included on the Paws of Fame lobby plaque. Lesser donations are also welcome, Ehemann said.

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About Scarfapawlooza, Ehemann said, “The hall and the band have been donated. We’re thrilled that (Palazzo owner) Carl Doseck thinks so much of SCARF. It’s going to be fun. Help us get this (shelter) built!”

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.