Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.
HAWS License #267280-DS
Last weekend HAWS had its biggest event of the year- the annual fall fundraiser! This year, we celebrated the expanion work being done on our shelter by having the theme of the party be called “Men at Work.”
The past few weeks I’ve spent my time at HAWS helping to prepare for this event. I had no idea how much time and organization an event such as this one really takes. Other people around the shelter had started preparing for this party months and months in advance!
I spent my time preparing for the event by contacting local businesses, picking up auction items, organizing donations, making signs and posters, and other activities that needed to be done for the party. The day of the event was a marathon day - some of our workers and volunteers were at the hotel - Olympia Resort - from 9am until after midnight! (Luckily, they let me arrive at noon.)
The party ended up being really fun and was a great success. There was a silent auction, a live auction, a balloon contest, adoptable pet meet'n'greet, and HAWS had hired the band The Boogie Men to play live on stage. Some of the items that were available in the auctions were really cool - sporting equipment and memorabilia, fine jewelry, home decor, Brewers tickets and even front row courtside Bucks tickets!
There were also a lot of delicious foods available including one of my favorite things - a mashed potato bar.
The event was held at Olympia Resort out in Oconomowoc and a lot of people came in order to support our cause.
By the way - this weekend is Pet Photos with Santa weekend here at HAWS - call today to set your appointment (262-542-8851). Your fee of $30 includes your 15-minute photo session, one 8x10 and 2 5x7s, and for $5 more you'll get a CD of all the photos taken during your session. Don't miss out!
By the way, part 2 - our annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is on Saturday, November 14th here at HAWS. Get an early start on your holiday shopping with craft items and baked goodies for people AND pets. Mark your calendar!