The 2021 Evening of Pawsibilities: Over $110,000 Raised to Save Lives! THANK YOU!
Another record-breaking Evening of Pawsibilities is in the books — and we’re so glad we could safely come back together! The 21st annual (and first-ever hybrid) gala featuring an auction for the animals brought in approximately $110,000, an increase over the 2020 event and over the 2019 event (the last time we had an in-person component) thanks to our auction item donors, sponsors, attendees, raffle ticket buyers, costume contest participants, and voters, and those bidding and donating from home! We offer our sincerest thanks to ALL the donors and volunteers who helped such an incredible evening come together during such a weird year; the Second Chance family has once again worked hard to give stray and abandoned cats and dogs their second chances. Your support has been LIFE-SAVING!
Each year, we create a special video for the Evening of Pawsibilities through which we introduce some of the animals whose lives we’ve been able to save and change since the prior auction, thanks to the bidders and donors the year before. There are a great many furry friends in the heartwarming 2021 video, which you can (and should!) watch here now.
If you missed the live stream, you can view it via Facebook, but please note that the audio will drop out at some point due to the use of copyrighted music within. You can also use the many new buttons on the event webpage to view some of the particular custom-made components of the stream that our remote participants were able to enjoy that night.
We announced a few winners Saturday…
This year, we hosted the first-ever “Wags With Swag” pet photo contest (sponsored by Moon Interiors), and the fur babies did not disappoint! We had three winners: Carlisle, Dr. Joe, and Beau brought home the glory! Congratulations to them and to all of the pawticipants!
Congratulations also to our raffle winner, Ryan Villiger! He won the $1,500 Visa gift card, sponsored in part by New Hope Dental Care. We are thankful for ALL who purchased raffle tickets–thanks to each ticket purchase you made, more animals will find their new homes!
Winners, winners, everywhere! We also want to say congrats to the winner of our $100 Amazon gift card, Mary C., and the winner of our $100 Uber Eats gift card, Janet S. What a lucky night for all!
We captured some fun photos throughout the night, thanks to our two volunteer photographers, Klein Reyes and Mike Moss, and thanks to the ZimZoom photo booth, graciously donated by Moon Interiors! Click the buttons below to find yourself in the photos!
- Sugar High: Take in the spectacular sights of the Blue Ridge Parkway when staying, hiking, and eating in Sugar Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, and Boone! This live item includes:
- 2-night stay at a 2-bedroom Airbnb condo in Sugar Mountain
- Four-person pass to Grandfather Mountain
- $100 Gamekeeper Restaurant gift card
- Fooore: Get your golf game on with friends and go for those birdies, then go for those burgers! This live item includes:
- Let’s Have a Trolley Good Time: Explore and engage with friends in Downtown Raleigh! Good food, good drinks, good times! This live item includes:
- Almost Heaven: Tap into you and your pup’s adventurous sides and take a trip to Asheville! This live item includes:
- $1,000 gift card to Barkwells – Dog-Friendly cabins
- Kayak Adventure for two via Green River Adventures
- $200 gift certificate to Plant Vegan Restaurant in Asheville
- $25 each: Corner Kitchen, Buxton Hall BBQ, Twisted Laurel
- Chimney Rock Parking Pass
- NC Arboretum Parking Pass
- $75 gift certificate to Maxie B’s Bakery
- From Dawn…to Dusk: Take relaxing in your backyard, lake house, patio, or porch to the next level! This live item includes:
- Two handmade pet-themed Adirondack chairs
- For Dawn: two Second Chance Pet Adoptions coffee mugs and a pound of Stumptown Coffee
- For Dusk: Bar Dog Pino Noir, two shatterproof wine glasses, and a charcuterie board
- Royal Treatment in Queen City: Get treated like the kings and queens you are with a relaxing staycation in Charlotte…eat, drink, and be merry indeed! This live item includes:
- Dare You!: The full OBX experience you deserve! Get away from it all by getting outside your comfort zone! This live item includes:
See any items you like? To bid on these live items, make sure that you are REGISTERED for The Evening of Pawsibilities. If you are bidding from home, REGISTER and you will receive an official Evening of Pawsibilities Live Stream Zoom link! The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 18! We can’t wait to see what you score!
The Silent Auction is OPEN for Bidding!
It is finally time…the Evening of Pawsibilities silent auction is officially open for bidding! All of our silent auction items are now able to be viewed, marked as favorites, and bid on! You can create your watch list and get to bidding, buying (snatch up those “Buy Now” items–once they’re sold, they’re gone!), donating, and voting for your favorite “Wags With Swag” entries!
Remember, every bid, every purchase, every donation, and every vote helps a homeless cat or dog get the second chance they need, deserve, and have been waiting for! They need YOU!
You can also now preview the live auction items, which can only be won by those at the event and those who are tuned into the free live stream via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 18! If you’re planning to bid remotely in the live auction, make sure you are registered (it’s free!) in order to receive the Zoom link!
And for those of you wondering about all those Wine Pull bottles you can see but can’t yet buy, don’t worry! Set a reminder for noon Eastern on Saturday, September 18th on Saturday, September 18th–the Wine Pull will open then!
The event program is now viewable as a PDF here! It has lots of handy reminders and info, and you’ll be offered a hard copy at the event. Remember, the silent auction, Wine Pull (opening at noon Saturday), and raffle ticket sales ($1,500 Visa gift card) all close at 8:30 Saturday night. The Wags With Swag voting closes at 8:00 Saturday night, and the live auction will take place in the venue at 7:30 Saturday night (that’ll be hard to miss!).
When you get your event ticket or register to bid from afar, it’s easy to enter the raffle for the $1,500 Visa gift card, too! You can add raffle tickets to your event ticket order or add raffle tickets to your cart (no check-out needed until after the event)!
The Evening of Pawsibilities Returns In-Person and With a Live Stream!
Second Chance Pet Adoptions’ 21st annual Evening of Pawsibilities returns as an in-person event at the newly-renovated Embassy Suites hotel in Cary on the evening of September 18. Join us from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a complimentary cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert; silent and live auctions; a Wine Pull (score a pricey bottle at a steal) and raffle (the prize is a $1,500 Visa gift card); and a photo booth and visits with furry friends! Brian Pate returns as our emcee and auctioneer this year.
For those who are unable to join us in-person, you’ll be able to register for free and purchase raffle tickets and bid in the silent auction as usual, but NEW this year, you’ll be able to bid in the live auction from home (or wherever you may be that evening) and get in on the fun through the professional 60- to 90-minute live stream coming straight to you from the venue Saturday night! (The stream is free to access, though anyone who makes a contribution towards the cost of the stream will be entered to win a $100 gift card.) As long as winners are able to pick up their items at Second Chance (or send someone to do so for you by Oct. 15, 2021, you can bid and win from anywhere in the world!
Whether in the ballroom or in the stream, we can’t wait to see you and yours at this life-saving fundraiser for the cats and dogs who’ll get their second chances to find love. Use the “Register” button to participate in one of two ways: as a bidder and live stream observer (free) or as an in-person attendee (tickets have early-bird pricing through August 15!). We appreciate your partnership in the fight to end animal honelessness!
What an INCREDIBLE 20th annual–and first-ever virtual–auction for the animals! This year’s Evening of Pawsibilities generated over $90,000 for stray and abandoned cats and dogs! To see the full event recap–including the finale (which was live-streamed), the winners of the raffle and costume contest, and several additional videos (puppy games! kitten hockey!)–and to see why our Senior Director of Operations, Lisa Imhof, has pie on her face, click HERE now!
It’s finally happening: our 20th annual–and first-ever virtual–auction for the animals is LIVE! That’s right: over 400 auction items and 100 buy-now items are all waiting for YOU! Plus, the pet Howl-o-Ween costume contest voting is now open, and tickets for the raffle prize (a $1,000 Amazon gift card) are still available! Click HERE to register (if needed, and it’s still free), bid, and buy!
Your Go-To Event Guide!
It’s official: the virtual 2020 Evening of Pawsibilities starts THIS WEEK! To make sure you don’t miss a beat, we created an event program as a PDF that you can see, download, or print. It’s got all the essential info and reminders for the auction, raffle, Wine Pull, costume contest, and more! Click HERE to check it out!
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