Good Shepherd to host Bone Jour Gala Tuesday
By Samantha Jones
Good Shepherd Humane Society continues a longstanding tradition with the Bone Jour Gala, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Crescent Hotel.
Fundraising chairwoman Fiona Richards said there have been some changes to the event, which celebrates its 39th anniversary this year. In addition to appetizers, Richards said, there will be a sit-down buffet dinner. The live auction has been removed, Richards said, but the silent auction will feature lots of new, interesting items.
“We are doing a fabulous silent auction,” Richards said. “We have pulled items donated to the stores. We do have a raffle as well.”
There will be an area to take photos, Richards said, and an expanded boutique area. In past years, the event has featured items from the thriftstores at the boutique. Richards said the boutique will have more items donated by local businesses and individuals this year.
“We’ve got different racks, such as a vintage rack, racks for active wear and designer racks,” Richards said.
Volunteer Diane Reder said she’s excited to be a personal shopper during the fundraiser.
“If you say, ‘Hey, I’m looking for a jacket,’ we can direct you to it,” Reder said.
Thrift store manager Janet Chupp said she’s excited to celebrate Good Shepherd at the event. One of the best parts about working at Good Shepherd, Chupp said, is seeing the community’s support at events like the gala.
“It’s amazing. It’s so exciting, because no matter what changes are made in the organization,” Chupp said, “we still have this as a tradition. We have people that come every year and they’re like, ‘I was here for the first time 15 years ago.’”
Chupp said Good Shepherd is grateful to the Crescent Hotel for hosting the event.
“We just really enjoy their venue. It’s beautiful,” Chupp said. “There’s really not a better place in Eureka Springs to have a fundraising event. It has a great atmosphere and the staff is so gracious.”
Richards encouraged everyone to come to the event, saying Good Shepherd doesn’t receive any state or federal funding.
“We rely on donations,” Richards said. “We’ve got to have donations and we’ve got to have people coming to our events.”
“This event is really a stability in our organization,” Chupp said. “It’s a proud thing we do every year, and it’s just a lot of fun.”
For more information on Good Shepherd, visit www.GoodShepherd-HS.org.