AHNA is the Lead Sponsor for A Taste of Compassion! Please come!

For many years, AHNA has appreciated and supported the work that Asheville Humane Society does to save and improve the lives of our local homeless pets.  Asheville Humane Society never turns away a needy or homeless animal from our community, so along with all the appealing pets that are easy to adopt out, they take in the injured, the old, the "less attractive" and the hard to place. Asheville Humane Society gives every Buncombe County animal a chance, and this year they saved 5,599 lives of homeless pets in our community. Wow! Of course this work takes money, so Animal Hospital of North Asheville is proud to be the lead sponsor for Asheville Humane Society’s signature gala, the 11th Annual Taste of Compassion – Around the World with 80 Strays on Saturday, November 15th, 6:00-9:30 PM at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. This is an event that is truly worthy of your support and one that you will really enjoy, so please be sure to get your tickets by going to http://www.ashevillehumane.org/taste-of-compassion.php

A Taste of Compassion – What’s It Like?

Join us for a first class event to benefit local animals! Live music will infuse the evening with global ambiance while you enjoy wine and foods from around the globe (“Around the World With 80 Strays"). Join the fun with our highly anticipated live and silent auctions by bidding on world-class items and unique experiences donated by local artisans and businesses. You might even be the winning bidder for a 2015 Subaru Outback from Prestige Subaru!

100% of proceeds benefit local, Buncombe County animals in need

Saturday, 6 PM - 9:30 PM,  November 15th, 2014

Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center (Behind the Jackson Store on Patton Avenue)

1 Resort Drive, West Asheville

Tickets $45 in advance | $50 at the door

A Taste of Compassion is wonderful event that raises money to directly help needy animals, but it is also a lot of fun.  You can purchase your ticket in advance or buy it at the door.  Any attire is appropriate…casual to sophisticated… remember, everyone here loves animals. You will enter a large room with lots of free food provided by various local restaurants, live music, and several varieties of free wines to taste as well as other drinks. There are tables everywhere with items displayed for the silent auction.  There are all kinds of items in all price ranges including artwork, jewelry, trips, and gift certificates for dining and pampering, and a lot of the items are things that a pet or a pet owner would enjoy.  Each item is displayed with a clipboard and pen for bidding. If you wish to bid on an item, you simply write down your name, telephone number and the amount you would like to pay.  If you really like the item, you should keep going back to see if someone else has outbid you, and you can outbid them.  Remember that all of the items are donated, so your purchases all go to helping the animals! There is a short period where a few big items like the 2015 Subaru Outback are actually auctioned off by an auctioneer, which is fun to watch even if you don’t participate. Finally a countdown begins to end the silent auction, so you go check any items that you bid on to see if you want to raise your bid or “let it ride.”  If you win your auction, you can pay with cash, check or credit card and take your goodies home right away.  If you don't win your auctions, you will still have a great time, eat good food, and most importantly raise money to help the homeless animals! 

To learn more about the wonderful work that Asheville Humane Society does to help the animals of our community, please read this letter that we received asking for our sponsorship. We hope to see you there!

Asheville Humane Society presents the 11th Annual

Taste of Compassion

- Around the World With 80 Strays -

Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 6 – 9:30 PM | Crown Plaza Expo Center

Dear Betsy and Dave,

Right now in our community over 6,500 animals enter into the care of Asheville Humane Society each year. Whether found as strays, surrendered by their family or seized from neglect and abuse, our doors are always open and no local animal is ever turned away. In addition to caring for the animals in the county shelter, foster care and adoption center, Asheville Humane Society also helps hundreds of pets and their people in our community with our public assistance programs. We offer everything from free pet food to medical assistance to keep pets together with their families. As you can imagine, this is a tremendous task.

We just received our report card for our most recent fiscal year ending in June 2014. We are proud to relate that we increased the number of lives saved by 21% this year and by 110% since we moved into our new adoption center four years ago! We provided 20,000 pounds of free pet food to citizens and pets in need, we relocated over 900 animals through our Transport Program and we reunited nearly 1000 lost pets with their families. Over 480 families fostered almost 1,800 animals and 895 volunteers donated over 80,000 hours of their time. In all 5,599 animals were saved this year, 100% thanks to you, our supporters. I hope you will join us as we progress toward our goal of a no-kill community.

We hope we can count on you to support our lifesaving work by sponsoring our signature gala, the 11th Annual Taste of Compassion – Around the World with 80 Strays to benefit the animals of Asheville Humane Society. Guests will enjoy wine and foods from around the globe while bidding on world-class items and experiences in our highly anticipated live and silent auctions. Live music will infuse the evening with global ambiance. In addition, this year’s event will feature new enhancements, including a move to Saturday night and a professional emcee and auctioneer who is working with us to plan exciting surprises throughout the evening.

As a leader in animal welfare and a staunch supporter of Asheville Humane Society for over 20 years, you and Animal Hospital of North Asheville share our goal of a no-kill community. We are excited to partner with you again for Taste of Compassion and continue our lifesaving work for the abused, abandoned, scared and homeless animals who enter our shelter every day. 

For the animals,

Eileen Bouressa

Vice President of Development and Community Programs