Annual HOWLaween Ball in Silverthorne combines the spirit of Halloween and giving
if you go
What: Third annual HOWLaween Ball, benefiting Far View Horse Rescue, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and League for Animals and People of the Summit
When: Friday, Oct. 30 from 7–11 p.m.
Where: Silverthorne Pavilion
Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
Tickets can be purchased online at howlaween.com/Tickets.html or are available at the following locations using cash or check only:
ARR Thrift store in Breckenridge (open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily)
Wiese Insurance in Frisco (open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Affordable Art & Framing in Silverthorne (open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
This year, the Far View Horse Rescue, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) are proud to present the third annual HOWLaween Ball.
Get your costume ready and get into the Halloween spirit this Friday with refreshments, silent auction, cash bar, a free photo op and, of course, a costume contest. The event takes place from 7–11 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion; tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All proceeds will be split evenly among the three nonprofits involved this year.
“I really like Halloween, and I work with the other nonprofits; I know all of them and support them, too, and I wanted to come up with something that we could use to help all of us,” Sally Beerup from LAPS said.
The town of Silverthorne was able to provide LAPS with an extra grant that donates all of the alcohol sales from the cash bar to the nonprofits. Not only can people enjoy some beers or wine from local breweries such as Breckenridge Brewery, Baker’s Brewery and the Dillon Dam Brewery, but it’s all going to good causes. For those not interested in drinking, soda and coffee will be available as well.
“We’re going to have tables of free appetizers, snacks, free coffee and that will be set up all night,” Beerup said.
With any event involving alcohol, it’s important to remain safe and responsible. Several hotels, such as Breckenridge Grand Vacations, and taxi services are offering discounted rates for any HOWLaween participants. Matt Lit Photography will also be supporting the event by taking free photos for anyone interested. The pictures will be printed right then and there, so participants can strike a pose and walk away with a memory in their pocket.
“Matt Lit has helped through the years,” Beerup said. “This year, he just said he had a couple hours that he could do. We have an instant photo printer there, so everybody will get a 4×6 for free.”
Although the proceeds will benefit animals, the furry friends aren’t invited. But people are invited to pick up some gift bags and snacks at the “buy now” table or scope out some prizes at the silent auction for four-legged family members.
“We’ve got a huge silent auction,” she said. “Just all kinds of everything on it, and it’s still growing — pet stuff and pet toys and restaurant certificates and acupuncture.”
The buy-now table is for those looking to sink their teeth, or paws, into something right away.
“We have a buy-now table that’s just more stuff from LAPS that we’ve collected,” Beerup said. “It’s got a lot of pet stuff, and the price only goes up to $20. We do little bags of dog treats inside a Halloween bag, and one out of 15 is going to have a $10 gift to the buy-now tables.”
Ghostly ghouls and the living dead can dance the night away with DJ Craig Koverman, but try not to break a leg before the costume contest. Categories include the scariest, funniest, sexiest, most unique and best group of two or more.
If dancing isn’t your strong suit, volunteers are still needed. Anyone interested can sign up online at http://www.howlaween.com.
In 1990, Nancy Ring wanted to provide assistance to the shelter as well as local residents so she began LAPS. LAPS tries to reduce needless euthanasia with programs that allow lower income families to afford spay/neuter surgeries, especially here in Summit County. Vouchers are offered for residents with any income level, so their pets can get spayed/neutered.
“People who live or work here, even if you have a million dollars, if you wanted to use one of our vouchers, you can certainly walk in and get one at the shelter,” Beerup said.
LAPS also helps the local animal shelter, and she recalls giving something close to 250 vouchers last year.
“Our discount vouchers are huge,” she said. “We subsidize all the spay/neuter for the shelter animals, and that increased this year because they took in quite a few litters and pregnant mommas from other shelters that didn’t have room.”
The HOWLaween Ball fundraiser is in partnership with town of Silverthorne and sponsored by many local businesses. Top sponsors are Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Alpine Bank, The Summit Daily News, Krystal 93, KSMT and Squeeze Designz. The donations of alcohol were made by Breckenridge Brewery and Dillon Dam Brewery.
Beerup hopes that LAPS as well as the tradition of HOWLaween expand and people really start recognizing their name and their cause as well as allow the nonprofit to grow in the next few years.
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