The Humane Society of Faulkner County’s largest fundraiser of the year will be held tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Prince Street in Conway. 

Several local businesses are sponsoring the event this year, according to Shirley Jarman, HSFC board member. 

In the form of dessert donations, Stoby’s Restaurant, MarketPlace Grill, Colton’s Steakhouse, Shorty Small’s, Maggie’s Cookie Company, Mazzio’s Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Sweet Sensations, Dixie Cafe, Pia’s Fine Italian Dining, Faby’s Restaurant, Wagon Wheel, Mike’s Place, Ed’s Bakery, Sweet Sensations, Ruby Tuesday’s, Bob’s Grill, America 1350, Outback Steakhouse, and Cake and Company will provide sponsorship this year, along with several others.

“Most places do donate. Rarely do they say no. Stoby’s gives a cheesecake, and they are great about donating something every year,” Jarman said.

Fletcher Smith Jewelers have donated a necklace valued at $500 for the event’s silent auction, according to Jarman. 

Pat Handel, former board member of the HSFC, called businesses in Faulkner County to ask for donations. 

“Most people are happy to give. We put a little sign up by their donation showing it came from them, providing them with advertisement as well,” Handel said.

Items featured at the fundraising event will include a Brown Cow Cheesecake from Colton’s, chocolate cheesecakes from Stoby’s Restaurant and Pia’s, a Brownie Boxcar Cake from Mike’s Place, chocolate pies from Wagon Wheel, a chocolate fountain and several homemade creations from community members.

In its 17th year, the group hopes to raise enough money to continue operations within the community for the rest of the year. The money does not last long enough, according to Jarman, but it helps.

Money raised from the event will go toward programs like the HSFC’s Companions Spay and Neuter Clinic in Springhill. The clinic is owned by the HSFC and leased to veterinarians daily who host clinics to spay, neuter and vaccinate animals at a low cost. 

“With this clinic, we hope to prevent thousands of animals from being born. We conducted 1,820 spay and neuters last year,” Jarman said. “That’s a lot of animals fixed that would not have been otherwise.”

Money raised will also go toward subsidizing veterinarian bills for found and injured animals. Jarman said the HSFC uses outside veterinarians for injured animals because the group does not have facilities to handle those cases.

Each animal is fully vetted with vaccinations, spay or neutering, and microchipped. 

“A lot of money goes to injured and fostered animals. Most animals have mange and injuries. Vet bills can run up to $600 and $700,” Jarman said.

Those wishing to attend can do so by purchasing a ticket at the door for $15 or $25 for two. Tickets are $6 for children ages 5-10, and children under 4 get in for free.

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