Friday, June 9, 2023

Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society has Largest Turnout Ever at Art Auction

unnamedEncompassed by delicacies, libations and familiar conversation, the 15th edition of the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society Paws for Art charity auction was a hit at the Oxford Conference Center on Friday evening.

The live auction saw items ranging from a day with the Ole Miss men’s basketball team to a piece of stained glass. Not to be outdone, the silent auction featured a wide array of selections as well, including: signed memorabilia from Hugh Freeze and Brett Favre, dog-friendly gift baskets, and gift cards to a variety of local establishments.

“We had some really great stuff: art, vacations, hunting trips, a great variety,” said OLHS director Jenn Petermann. “The music from Lucas (Leigh) and Tori (Tollison) along with the food (provided by Volta) really made an amazing night.”

“We had as good of a turnout as we’ve ever had,” said Petermann. “The live auction went well, we had full tables and we are on course with last year.”

Petermann was concerned the event date change from December to January would affect the turnout a little, but believes the January date flows better than in years past. At last count, the shelter raised $56,000 from the event with all proceeds going toward their general fund in the $250,000-$300,000 range.

While the auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the shelter, it will not be the last. The Strut Your Mutt walk looping from the courthouse to campus is coming up after being rained out twice. Information on the event can be found on their website. For those looking to make a separate donation to OLHS can use PayPal on their website, mail it, or stop by to drop it off.

Michael Quirk is a staff reporter and can be reached at