A packed house of 450 guests, many in Gotham/Batman-themed costumes, attended the 11th annual Furry Tail Endings Gala at Cascades Casino this past weekend, helping raise $152,000 for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

VIDEO: Surprises help push Langley shelter’s fundraiser over the $150K mark

The 11th annual Furry Tail Endings Gala raised big coin for the Langley Animal Protection Society.

It was a night of music, laughs, and tears.

It was a night of outlandish “Gotham-styled” costumes.

And, it was a night of surprise proposals and surprise donations.

It was the 11th annual Furry Tail Endings gala and more than $152,000 was raised (up $15,000 compared to last year) to help Langley’s homeless, abandoned and neglected animals.

Kristine Carrick, chair of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), called it an “incredible” and “awesome” night that went better than anyone could have hoped thanks to the generosity of the 450 in attendance.

“It is a really important night for LAPS and the animals,” she said, noting they raised the second largest total in the event’s history.

Part of that was credited to a surprise donation announced at Saturday night’s festivities. Township Councillor and Fort Langley developer Eric Woodward, and his newly formed foundation, committed $100,000 towards the operating costs of LAPS’ new cat intake and isolation facility during the next five years.

The first $20,000 donation is expected in spring 2019, said Carrick, expressing her gratitude for the largest single donation to LAPS.

Also helping boost the numbers for this year’s fundraising gala was the $28,866 raised in the silent auction, a further $3,950 from general donations, and $24,800 collected through the live auction segment of the evening – which ended up with three surprise items bringing in $6,300 of the total.

The live auction list featured a set of four tires and car detailing, a WestJet flight for two, a Victoria getaway, a Millionaire for a Day package, a weekend at Sun Peaks, and a sturgeon fishing excursion.

But unexpectedly added to that list was a centre-spread in the annual LAPS calendar that sold for $1,100, and not one – but two –five-course dinners for eight served by Woodward that generated another $5,200.

In addition to the surprise donations, the night was marked by an unexpected proposal. Willoughby’s Darren Sigovin called his girlfriend Katrina Koblanski to the stage near the end of the night.

During their past year together they’ve gelled as a family unit, including the addition of a cat adopted from LAPS. Before a hushed crowd, Sigovin said he wants to make their family unit more permanent. So getting down on one knee he proposed before the packed ballroom of people. And Koblanski accepted.

.

Many thanks dished out

Working this year with a Nightfall in Gotham theme, many people showed up in Batman-related costumes for the formal gala, explained LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson.

“This year’s theme is perfect and is so fitting for our gala,” she elaborated. “We have so many real-life heroes who help us each year. I love working at LAPS and while we are often challenged by our work, I am always so inspired by the people and animals we meet. People who are truly heroes.

“Not all superheroes wear capes,” Nelson added, noting the event grossed $152,000, and netted about $91,000 after expenses.

Speaking of heroes, there were many thanks that went out to the shelter staff and volunteers, year-round donors including local veterinarians, the event sponsors, the LAPS board of directors, and so many more on Nelson’s list.

She noted that a donor all the way from Bose, Idaho was back again for this year’s gala, acknowledging Janet Young as an gala sponsor and ongoing contributor who has been part of the LAPS family and of this event for the past four years.

But among all those recognized for outstanding contribution to the animal welfare organization, Nelson singled out a husband-and-wife team out for special recognition. Rob and Karen Hunt received the Patti Dale Award of Excellence (a.k.a. volunteer of the year).

 

A packed house of 450 guests, many in Gotham/Batman-themed costumes, attended the 11th annual Furry Tail Endings Gala at Cascades Casino this past weekend, helping raise $152,000 for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

A packed house of 450 guests, many in Gotham/Batman-themed costumes, attended the 11th annual Furry Tail Endings Gala at Cascades Casino this past weekend, helping raise $152,000 for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

A packed house of 450 guests, many in Gotham/Batman-themed costumes, attended the 11th annual Furry Tail Endings Gala at Cascades Casino this past weekend, helping raise $152,000 for the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

Just Posted

Team BC advancing undefeated in junior nationals

A Langley-based team is 6-0, thus far, at the Canadian curling championships.

VIDEO: Rivermen back on the ice in Langley tonight

In their game against West Kelowna tonight, Langley’s junior A hockey team gets into action at 7:15.

Langley serves as backdrop to pair of competing short films

In the 20th annual Crazy8s Film competition, two of six producers will be filming in Langley.

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds perched in first place

Minor midgets, including several from Langley, hit the ice again on Friday.

Chances coming for public to have say on Langley tax rates

Local councillors will soon debate property tax rates for 2019.

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

South Surrey mother ‘never called 911’ after killing daughter, court hears

Crown submits evidence shows Lisa Batstone wanted eight-year-old Teagan to die

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Video: Runaway Coquihalla dog returned to owner

Archer, the dog found roaming along Coq. Hwy. on Jan. 19, has been reunited with owner

Most Read