ESTEVAN — The Estevan Humane Society is getting ready for its annual Whiskers and Wine Gala.
The biggest fundraiser of the year for the shelter will take place Feb. 11 at the Estevan Exhibition Hall.
The night will feature live music, an auction and a buffet-style supper catered by a local restaurant.
"We're super excited," said Estevan Humane Society president Tayja Lakusta, noting that the event will be a great night out for any kind of company or group.
"It's right before Valentine's Day, but it's not an evening of just you and your special someone. We've got lots of people that get their girlfriends together and buy a table or enjoy mom's night out or a group of couples and stuff,” said Lakusta.
“It's definitely not super romantic or tailored just to an evening out based on Valentine's Day, but it's definitely a fun, quieter, more sit down and more intimate supper and night to enjoy with friends, family or your loved one."
Tyler Lewis will be their headliner for the night. Lewis is a Canadian singer from Rockglen who was a top-three finalist on the 2006 season of Canadian Idol. He is known for his deep rock-sounding voice.
Lewis will be joined by another local performer that will be announced at a later date.
The night will also see a silent auction, helping to raise money for the local non-kill shelter. The board is currently collecting bid items. Lakusta said they are grateful for any support, and if a business or individual wants to donate goods or services for the auction, they can contact her or call the shelter.
"We'll be looking for silent auction items for the gala night. Usually, that's a pretty big portion of our proceeds for the night. And it gets people out moving and bidding on items from local companies," Lakusta said.
"We're open to anything – gift certificates, services, products, items, anything really that can be auctioned off and that people are going to want."
They will also be looking for volunteers. Lakusta said if someone wants to help at the gala, they can keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on their needs.
Tickets are now on sale. They are sold individually and by tables and cover supper and live entertainment. Lakusta noted that there are only so many tables available, and they usually go fairly fast. A table is $550 and includes a complimentary bottle of wine. Individual tickets are $75. There are about 200 seats available for the night.
Tickets can be purchased through the Estevan Humane Society Facebook page or from Lakusta.
Money raised at the gala will go towards the shelter's general operation, including spaying/neutering and other medical bills, supplies and taking care of the animals. It could also go to building maintenance and improvements.