WHAT: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Furball
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
WHERE: Céline and Company, 49 Broadway, Asheville
WHY: Want to ring in the new year with style? Well, you won’t go wrong with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s 2014 Masquerade Furball, an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, libations and masked revelry watching the ball drop with a Champagne toast to welcome 2015.
Masquerades have a tendency to alter the way that people interact with one another, says Brother Wolf founder and president Denise Bitz. “Masks definitely make people more confident and sociable, especially when you add in an open bar and a little bit of anonymity.” And while no one will be turned away for not wearing a mask, they are strongly encouraged. And don’t worry if you forget yours, either. “There will be about 100 or so random masks available at the door,” notes Bitz, “but many people make creative masks, especially animal-focused ones.”
Providing the entertainment for this year’s masquerade will be Raf from Bright Light DJ as well as hula-hoop girls and stilt walkers. In addition to the large buffet and open bar, the evening will feature a silent auction with local artwork, jewelry and small vacation packages.
Tickets for the ball are $75 per person or $140 per couple, and 60 percent of proceeds will benefit Brother Wolf’s general operating fund, providing food, shelter and medical care for the over 600 animals in its care. “There are never any tickets available the day of the event,” says Bitz, “so get your ticket early if you want to attend.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bwar.org/events/2014-new-years-eve-masquerade-furball. — Michael McDonald