It was a doggone good time at the Scarlet Event Center Friday Evening as animal lovers filled the center at the Stephens County Humane Society biannual fundraiser Yappy Hour.
The humane society’s second Yappy Hour fundraiser follows the first event, which was held in April and raised about $7,000 for the organization.
Stephens County Humane Society board member Kelly Nelson said they are expecting to raise about the same amount this time around.
The board planned this to be an event where people could drop in and have a good time without bringing anything or having to stay for any length of time.
“People want to come out and just have a good time without having to do any preparation,” Nelson said.
Tommy Jones was one animal lover who came out to support the event.
“We wanted to come help the dogs,” he said.
Jones said he thought there was more people during the early social hour than there had been at the social hour at the event in April.
“I imagine they are much better organized,” he said.
To get the evening organized, the board members set up three stations that were extra fundraisers at the event in addition to the $15 entry charge. One station gave visitors a chance to spin the wheel for pet-themed prizes. The second station was a gift-giving station that allowed people to give a donation to the humane society as a Christmas gift to an animal lover. The third station was a personalized pet ornament station.
Dwayne Brittain manned that station writing personalized messages on a dog bone Christmas ornament for $10.
In addition, there was information placed on each of the tables emphasizing the ways that the humane society assisted local animals and the cost of caring for those animals.
“All the money raised tonight goes to the care of the animals and hoping to find them their forever homes,” Event Chair Patti Whitaker said.
The use of the Scarlet Event Center was a contribution from Gina Baker, who has donated to the society the use of her center for both Yappy Hour events and is planning on hosting more there.
“Next year, we are going to have one in the spring and one in the fall,” she said.
The event was catered by La Fiesta.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Straight Shooter, a band from Oklahoma City that played an assortment of country and classic rock selections, and Kelly Lewis, a local country artist. Lewis also provided entertainment at the last Yappy Hour and plans to make performances at Yappy Hour a tradition. His love of animals is what leads him to donate his time and voice to what he calls a fine organization.
“I am always there for them if they need me,” Lewis said.
For those who missed Yappy Hour, another fundraiser for the humane society is being planned for Saturday. A photo booth will be set up in the Chisholm Mall near the Snack Shack. Pet owners can come get Christmas pictures taken with their pet.