Manistee County Humane Society’s 10th Annual Fur Ball Open a big success

The Homeward Bound Animal Shelter Fur Ball Open drew 13 teams to raise funds for the local animal shelter.

The Homeward Bound Animal Shelter Fur Ball Open drew 13 teams to raise funds for the local animal shelter.

MANISTEE — Matching up pets with happy homes is what the Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is all about.

However, for that to happen it takes a great deal of funds to run the local shelter. It is why volunteers make Homeward Bound a huge success by holding fundraisers like the 10th Annual Fur Ball Open that took place on Saturday at the Manistee Golf & Country Club.

Thirteen four-person teams took part in this year’s event, raising some much needed funds for the shelter. Homeward Bound Board of Directors chair Colleen Kenny said the public support is vital to the success of the shelter.

The shelter averages finding homes for 300 to 400 animals every year. Before being sent out they are spayed or neutered and have received their basic vaccinations. However, the shelter relies solely on donations, membership and fundrasiers to survive.

“The cost to run the shelter averages between $12,000 and $15,000 per year and we are no kill shelter,” said Kenny. “So this 18-hole scramble is one of our biggest fundraisers and to make it fun for our golfers we have lots of things that can help them win the tournament today.”

She added with a laugh that anyone can score the best score providing they have lots of money.

“We have a thing where they can buy unlimited swings and mulligans,” she said. “We recognize all our sponsors on each hole and the golfers can answer questions on each one  to get a stroke off their score. We even have pay-the-pro hole where you can pay Zack Bialik to hit your tee shot for you.”

What also pleased the local group was three teams came from other areas of the state.

“We have three teams from out of the area with one from Saginaw and two from Detroit including a team that has former Detroit Tiger Larry Pashnick on it,” she said. “We have the same amount of teams playing as last year.”

Kenny said they really appreciate the support that came from the community this year.

“It has been wonderful as we had a lot of personal hole sponsors where people gave us money,” she said. “That helped us raised a little more money this year and it is much needed. It is getting difficult to raise money as we are a small community and there are lots of good groups out there trying to raise funds for their organization. That is why we are so grateful to everyone who golfed today and gave donations.”

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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