SPRING HILL - For the last 10 years, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast has held an annual "Fur Ball," with all proceeds benefitting the fuzzy faces who live at the shelter.
"It's always important, but it's definitely important this year," said Executive Director Joanne Schoch, explaining the organization hopes to raise enough money to break ground on a new building in the new year.
Schoch said the new dog kennel will hopefully start construction in January 2014 at the 7220 Mobley Road location in Brooksville.
"We've got a fair amount of money in the campaign, and just need a little more to finish it," Schoch said.
An anonymous donation has allowed the Humane Society to do a total renovation on the existing dog kennel.
The Fur Ball is set for Saturday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court in Spring Hill. Schoch said "Yappy Hour" will start at 5 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, including the signature "Rabies Shot" specifically created for the fundraiser.
Schoch said a silent auction is planned from 5-7 p.m. with "amazing items" ranging in price from $15 to $10,000.
Auction items include a "Fighter Pilot for a Day" military aircraft experience, one and two day ticket packages to the Masters Golf Tournament.
Autographed memorabilia from the likes of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and the cast of the Walking Dead are slated for auction.
More affordable items include dog and cat-themed baskets, local gift certificates and upcoming Rays versus Rangers tickets.
Dinner begins at 7 p.m., and Schoch said a surprise dessert is being created by Pamela Paula of Edible Pleasures.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Steve and Ronda Kaplan of Miami's Street Talk Orchestra.
Tickets are $75, and Schoch said a few table sponsorships are still available for $1,500.
The Humane Society is also selling $2 tickets to win a week-long Caribbean cruise, with the winner to be drawn during the event.
To book your reservations, contact the Humane Society of the Nature Coast at (352) 796-2711 or visit humanerescue.org.