Homeless animals are biggest winners in 25th Good Shepherd style show

Friday, November 17, 2006
Models Janice Smith and Preston Fredereick played with adoptable "Buddy" before it was their turn on the catwalk.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Wednesday nights' strong wind and cold rain didn't stop at least 300 local dog and cat lovers from attending the 25th annual Silver Threads style show presented by the Good Shepherd Humane Society.

Dick Oberg, vice president of the Humane Society and co-chair of the event, said the shelter took in an approximate $13,000.

Merchants, residents and models poured into the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs for a silent auction, where attendees bid on more than 200 items donated by local vendors, a Christmas room full of donated unique and antique decorations for sale, and last but not least a fashion show, including costumed animals and valuable clothing.

"We made about $6,900 from the ad book, then more than $1,000 in the Christmas room and about $300 on desserts," said Oberg, who had not yet counted monies collected from the silent auction or the style show.

He said the money would be used to pay shelter workers at the Good Shepherd Humane Society, as well as support the needs of the animals. "They have more than 100 animals in the shelter right now," said Oberg.

"The models had fun and for the most part the dogs were very good," said Susan Brashears, one of the organizers of the event who also doubled as a model. "Hopefully it increased awareness."

Charlotte Buchanan and Doug Brashears, who also did some modeling of his own, acted as emcees during the fashion show, and Jim Morris was the auctioneer.

Style show organizers were Susan Brashears, June Owen and June Hegedus, and other co-chairs included Carol Oberg and D.J. Gay.

Preparation for the style show began last July, when 17 residents showed up at the first planning meeting. "After that we gained four or five more," added Oberg.

The evening ended when a generous donor offered to purchase what was left of the decorations in the Christmas room.

"I like to say thank you to all the donors and volunteers that helped put this on," said Oberg.

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