Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven Hosts Casino Night

LOOKING FOR HOMES: All of the dogs in the photo are available for adoption at Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven along with many other dogs and cats. From left are Chris Armistead holding Sierra, Justin Loggins holding Ringo, Michelle Loggins holding Lucy, Mary Francis holding Hans and Rob Loggins holding Petey.

The Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven, a no-kill animal shelter in Collinsville, held its Second Annual Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

All involved with the organization celebrated the 500th rescue while playing favorite table games like Craps, Texas Hold’em, Roulette and Blackjack at the Bailey Education Foundation Auditorium on the campus of the Bailey Medical Center in Owasso. Last year, participants partied with the “King” and raised over $6,000. This year the goal was to raise $20,000.

“This is the largest fundraiser that we hold during the year and it is so helpful to our organization in many ways. Funds cover medications, food, spay, neuters and anything else that the animals need,” says Chris Armistead of Ward-Wiseman.

He continues, “Photos of the available animals were displayed throughout the room for all to view. Hopefully, adoptions will result from the event.”

Tickets for Casino Night were only $35 per individual and $50 per couple and were available at Pet Stop in Owasso or in Collinsville at Eastside Veterinary Hospital, Home Town Real Estate and Bank. Tickets are tax deductible.

Included in the ticket price were hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and $500 in chips per person. Additional drink tickets and chips were available for purchase.

Winnings were used to bid on thousands of dollars worth of prizes at the live auction, including the grand prize: two tickets from Southwest Airlines to anywhere Southwest flies.

For additional information, visit www.wwahonline.org, call 918-371-1009 or email information@wwahonline.org.

Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven is a 501©(3), non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located in Collinsville at 5th and 146th Street North. Now in the third year, the organization continues to operate solely off of the wonderful generosity of the volunteers, individuals and organizations both within and outside of the community. The donations received help to cover operation costs and provide food, shelter and medical care to the animals that are rescued.

Updated 04-22-2011

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