Carousing for cats and dogs |

Carousing for cats and dogs

Sarah Dixon/Special to the Daily

Glitzy frocks and tux tails swirled beneath the Sanctuary’s disco ball Saturday as nearly 300 revelers came together in support of the valley’s needy furry friends.

The 2003 Martini Ball was a party indeed, as generously donated bottles of Vox Vodka, together with the beats of the DJ, kept the crowd shaken and stirred. Dressed to the nines, valley residents of all walks rubbed shoulders into the early hours of the morning – and in the process raised funds for the Eagle Valley Humane Society and their many foster guests in need of good homes.

“We don’t have any total numbers yet, but we definitely raised more money than last year,” said Humane Society Program Director Char Newman. “The silent auction brought in $2,200 alone, so we know we did well.”

However, Newman also said the event’s success can be measured in other means.

“We try to plan events where people will have a lot of fun,” she said. “We want to have tremendously fun events.”

Mission accomplished.

Groups of gussied-up locals lounged on plush red loveseats carefully sipping martinis out of precarious glasses which seemed inclined to spill their contents onto the laps of neighbors. While laughter resounded downstairs, a mix of old-school disco and modern Top 40 kept the dance floor packed upstairs. The ABBA song “Dancing Queen” had such an effect on the crowd, it even played twice – to a very Travolta-inspired batch of dancers.

And Newman was quick to thank the sponsors and donors of the event for it’s success – both monetary and social.

“The Sanctuary was very generous with it’s donations, and of course we want to thank Vox Vodka for their participation,” she said. She also recognized the many other sponsors, as well as the kind donors of silent-auction items.

The big surprise of the night, however, involved a ring wrapped around a lime. Eagle Radio Morning Show host Brian Wilder presented girlfriend Sheryle Harkcom with a martini with a real twist – a marriage proposal. The romantic staging was Wilder’s idea.

“He really thought it would be fun,” Newman said of Wilder’s motivation.

“I think she was a little suspicious when all the photographers and news people were gathered around,” Newman added with a giggle. “But he did really well considering how nervous he was.”

Could there be a down side to such a successful event? Perhaps coming up with a better one next year. Better start planning now!

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