Pars for Pets tees off


Golf benefit, auction to support Cabarrus Pets Society

By Jonathan E. Coleman
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After a successful event in 2007 that netted the Cabarrus Pets Society nearly $21,000, the group is once again preparing for its Pars for Pets golf tournament and silent auction.

Last year’s event was the first such fundraiser for the non-profit group, but organizers are using lessons from the inaugural tournament to prepare for an even better second showing, said Ann Cannon, co-chair of Pars for Pets.

“Last year we were terrified,” she said. “It was our first major fundraiser. The results were incredible.”

This year’s event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, at the Cabarrus Country Club, will include a nine-hole captain’s choice tournament, a barbecue dinner and silent auction. There will be a shotgun start at 4 p.m. for the tournament, and all 18 holes will be in play.

The auction, Cannon said, will be especially exciting as there are several unique items on which to bid.

There is a helicopter ride, pit passes and garage passes to NASCAR races, diamond jewelry and gift baskets, among other items.

“We even have an animal communicator that has donated a session with an animal,” Cannon said.

In addition to raising money through the silent auction and golf tournament fees – there is a $75 per player or $275 per four-person team entry fee to play – organizers have also sold hole sponsors, honorariums

And while the event is aimed at raising funds while having fun, it’s also about furthering the mission of the Cabarrus Pets Society.

“Our mission is to help any animal that needs a new home find a good home,” said society president Laurie James. 

James said the group found homes for nearly 250 dogs and cats last year. Funds are used to provide necessary health care, vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures on the animals before they are adopted.

“We’ve got a long ways to go, but we’re just doing a little bit at a time and we keep growing,” James said.

She hopes one day to raise the necessary funds to build a facility for training and educational purposes.

“That’s one of my biggest dreams,” she said.

Cannon said events like Pars for Pets also provide an opportunity to get the group’s message out and inform people about what Cabarrus Pets Society does.

“We would like to be able to broaden the things we do,” she said. “Education is a big deal.”

• Contact Jonathan E. Coleman at 704-789-9105.

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