Friday, December 01, 2006

Humane Society Cancels Event

Last Minute Decision Effects Funding, Say Bonnell

LABELLE, FLORIDA -- The Caloosa Humane Society has cancelled it's fundraising Bluegrass Fest. The festival's band's leader has been taken suddenly ill and hospitalized, according to Executive Director Susan Bonnell, so the event would not have any entertainment, Bonnell said in a press release late Thursday night.

The event was to be on Saturday, December 2nd in LaBelle at the Rodeo Grounds on State Road 29. Bonnell said, "This is the humane society's largest money making events so this was not an easy decision to cancel. The shelter will have to cut back on it's ability to take in homeless animals for adoption because of the loss of the probable earnings from this one fund raiser. This is a serious financial problem for this small shelter that serves both Glades and Hendry Counties."

The pet shelter has set a raffle of a hand crafted art "Santa Doll" on Saturday December 9 with tickets selling at $10.  Florida law says raffles are illegal unless certain rules are followed including a statement of rules in all advertisements and on the tickets, and printing on all  tickets that a payment is not required to obtain a ticket.

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