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CITY OF BROOKFIELD - Dinner, cocktails, auctions with great prizes — what more could someone want in an evening?

How about doing all of that while also supporting the only no-kill animal shelter in the county.

The Elmbrook Humane Society is only weeks away from one of its largest fundraisers of the year, its annual “There’s No Place Like Home” Spring Gala March 11.

For the third year running, EBHS will host its biggest event in the first half of the calendar year at the Marriott West in Waukesha, W23N1600 Corporate Court.

Elmbrook Humane Society executive director Heather Gehrke says gala will offer a number of new attractions this year to help raise funds for the shelter, such as the 10X Envelope Raffle. The 10X raffle will give guests the opportunity to donate $10 or $20 with the chance to win 10 times their donation.

“It seems like a lot of our supporters enjoy raffles, so we’re trying to keep that interest going,” Gehrke said.

Other highlights include a number of live auction items, one of which will be a mystery item. The Spring Gala will continue to offer wine pulls and beer pulls as well as the Golden Ticket Raffle, which asks guests to donate $50 for the chance to win the Golden Ticket. The ticket entitles the bearer to any of the live auction items available that night aside from the mystery item.

Live auction packages will range from jewelry and theatre tickets to packages for restaurants, spas, vacations or sporting events.

Last year the Elmbrook Humane Society grossed over $71,000 from the gala, which amounted to a net of $52,700 after expenses for the event.

“The majority of the funds from this event go to operations, so making sure we have proper care for the animals and whatever they need,” Gehrke said.

A smaller portion of Spring Gala funds are donated to a particular cause. In the past, this has been medical costs for animals that are brought into the shelter as well as improving EBHS’ foster program.

This year, after a survey of guests at last year’s event, those funds will be going directly back to animal care.

“Honestly, this particular effort falls somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of our budget for the year. Supporting an event like this is important to making sure we can deliver the services and programs we know our community needs,” Gehrke said. “And while you’re doing it, you can also come out and enjoy the evening with your friends and family and have a nice time.”

The EBHS “There’s No Place Like Home” Spring Gala will open its doors at 5 p.m. March 11. Tickets are $100 if purchased through Feb. 28 and $125 afterward.

For more information go to www.ebhs.org or call 262-782-9261.

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