Conscious Party: Celebrating compassion

WHAT: “Around the World with 80 Strays,” 11th Annual Taste of Compassion Gala

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15, 6-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive

WHY: For over 30 years, the Asheville Humane Society has saved homeless Buncombe County animals, and once a year the organization gives the public the chance to help with this endeavor — in a really fun way.  The Humane Society will hold its 11th Annual Taste of Compassion Gala, presented by the North Asheville Animal Hospital, this Saturday featuring food and a performance by Big Creek Music.

“It’s going to be a really fun event and it’s for a really great cause. People always have a good time,” says Events Director Lauren Weldishofer.

Guests can sample free international wines as well as vegetarian hors d’oeuvers and desserts. Two auctions will be held during the gala, one silent and one live. This year’s live auction has been enhanced by the addition of Ben Farrell as host and auctioneer. The items for auction range from a gift certificate for dinner and a movie to a three-night travel package for two in Napa Valley.

“We wanted to focus on more unique prizes that aren’t typically found at auctions,” Weldishofer says. The feature item is a 2015 Subaru Outback from Prestige Subaru.

100 percent of proceeds from the gala support the Humane Society by paying for animals’ medical care, food, housing and foster programs. Bottles and cases of wine will also be available for purchase, with all profits benefiting the organization. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

For more information, contact the Asheville Humane Society at 761-2001 x310 or — Max Carter


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