Marti Giroux (right)

Marti Giroux (right)

Raise the Woof is a success

Pooch Partners' first Raise the Woof fundraiser brings in funds for the Okanagan Humane Society and HugABull

More than 100 audience members enjoyed a night of laughter at Pooch Partners’ inaugural Raise the Woof comedy fundraising show Saturday, which featured comedians Andrew Rivers, Scoot Laird and headliner Lamont Ferguson.

“The comedians kept the crowd entertained from start to finish, and everyone had the opportunity to win door prizes, and participate in a silent auction and other fundraising activities that were put on by HugABull and the Okanagan Humane Society, the two charities invited to participate in this year’s event,” said Shelly Korobanik, owner of Pooch Partners.

Raise the Woof is a comedy tour show raising money and bringing awareness to animal related causes.

“Pooch Partners has always been a supporter of local animal charities, donating money, time and services to various organizations, so it just made sense to organize a Raise the Woof show to try and help out these charities even more,” said Korobanik. “The comedy show gets people through the door but the real fundraising opportunity is from the silent auction and other activities the charities manage at the event.

“More than $3,000 was raised at this year’s event and without the fantastic sponsorship from Sun FM, The Morning Star, the Village Green Hotel and Pet Planet, as well as the businesses that donated items for the fundraising events, the event would not have been successful, so a huge thank you to them all.”

Korobanik is looking forward to making Raise the Woof an annual event in Vernon and organizing shows to help animal charities in other communities in the Okanagan.