PawCasso auction to raise money for art and animals

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | 9:12 p.m. CST; updated 10:19 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Art League is teaming up with the Central Missouri Humane Society for a silent live auction to benefit Columbia art and animals.

“PawCasso: An Evening for Art and Animals” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Windsor Ballroom in the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Cost is $50 at the door. Bidding for the auction will begin at 7 p.m. and hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

If you go

What: PawCasso: An Evening for Art and Animals When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday; auction begins at 7 p.m. Where: Windsor Ballroom, Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W. Cost: $50

“We have had a wonderful response from the community,” Humane Society executive director Patty Forister said. “There is something for everyone at the auction.”

Along with Columbia artwork, auction items include a trip to Thailand with an “elephant encounter,” a trip to Texas with a yacht cruise, and a trip to Breckenridge, Colo. Items also include gift baskets and certificates.

“We are very excited,” Forister said. “We have already received $45,000 in donations for items to auction.”

The organizations collaborated in 2006 for a similar fundraising event, “L’Art et Les Animaux.” A committee of members from both organizations created the event this year and decided to pool their resources, share labor and split benefits 50-50.

“People are encouraged to come out,” Columbia Art League executive director Diana Moxon said. “It is going to be a winning combo.”

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