SPCA to hold fundraiser to reduce euthanizations

SUWANEE -- The Georgia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting its second annual "You Ain't Nothin' But a Pound Dog" fundraiser Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Gwinnett Center.

The goal is to help raise money for the shelter and to cut back on the number of healthy animals euthanized each year. The shelter, which is a nonprofit organization, is solely dependent upon the funds it receives.

"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year, and so this is our big push," said Jane Stewart, Georgia SPCA director. "We send out mailers and things to get donations, but with the silent auction and everything that's going into this, this is our main fundraiser for the year, so that's why it's so important. Without our donations, we can't keep our doors open."

Cliff Cecchi, co-chair event planner and member of the SPCA board of directors, said approximately 300 tickets have been sold, priced at $75 per ticket.

Cecchi, who will play the role of Elvis, will provide live entertainment and there will also be music by Backflash. Live auctions and silent auctions will occur between dinner and spurts of dancing.

The SPCA will also host a vintage car show with approximately 20 cars.

"The biggest challenge was probably collecting all of the items for the silent auction," said Jane Lumbatis, co-chair event planner and member of the SPCA board of directors.

The silent auction will include an assortment of items that range from an Atlanta Falcons football signed by coach Mike Smith to a triple strand pearl necklace.

Above all else, the shelter hopes the fundraiser will be a fun and entertaining way to raise money for the animals.

"There are more than 200,000 healthy adoptable animals that are killed every year at animal control facilities, and that number is probably much higher than that because not all of them report properly," Stewart said. "It's hard to get stats on how many are put down. But that's our main mission, is to just cut down on that number by educating the public for the need to spade an neuter your pet."