Howling success

FurBall raises $22,278 for the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation

There was plenty to howl about and enough to keep all the four-footed friends tails a-a wagging. The First Annual FurBall hosted by the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation on Feb. 23 at Royal Oaks Country Club raised over $22,778. The sold-out event featured entertainment by The Bouffants musical group and a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Royal Oaks Event Facility”s new chef, Greg Austin.

In addition to the more traditional Gala entertainment, one highlight of the evening was the Adopt-a-Pet Parade” where 6 rescue animals were showcased to the crowd. The animals were all which are ready for adoption and highlighted the foundation”s mission of working closely with area rescue groups. Blount Care, Animal Works and ARFNets all had participants in the Adopt-a-Pet Parade.

“I am delighted with the overwhelming show of support we received from the community. We knew we had a great evening planned when we sold-out of tickets in less than three weeks, and we were right. Special thanks go out to our artist community and all of the local businesses that donated goods and services for our auction,” said Chris Protzman, Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation president.

All proceeds from the FurBall will go towards the New Blount County Animal Center project. Pet Safe, Coldwell Bank Nelson Realty, Journal Broadcast Group and the Maryville Daily Times were presenting sponsors this year.

Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization established to introduce and promote programs to improve animal welfare in Blount County Tennessee and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains. To learn more about how you can help with fundraising efforts, visit

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