10th annual Bash is Saturday

HOUGHTON – The Copper Country Humane Society has significant annual expenses, and to help cover those costs, the organization will conduct its 10th annual Bash fundraising event Saturday.

Teresa Woods, CCHS treasurer and Bash organizer, said the Bash usually brings in about $10,000, which covers the cost of about two months of veterinarian care, and is only a portion of annual costs.

“Last year we spent just over $200,000,” she said.

That amount covers all costs for the CCHS, Woods said, including vet care, utilities, staff, insurance and food for the animals.

Woods said funding for the CCHS comes from the Houghton County Board of Commissioners, fundraising, donations and adoption fees.

The Bash will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in the CCHS parking lot located in the Nara Nature Park on U.S. 41 in east Houghton, Woods said. The activities will be sheltered from the weather.

“We have three big tents we rent,” she said.

Parking will be allowed at the Nara Nature Park trail head and the Ferrellgas parking lot. Michigan Technological University students will give golf cart rides from the parking area to the Bash.

Woods said the Bash will include a live auction beginning at 1 p.m. Because there are traditionally so many items provided by local businesses for the auction, this year there will be a silent auction at the same time.

“Over the years, it’s gotten very, very long,” she said of the live auction.

Woods said items up for auction include tickets for a Detroit Pistons game (the winner can pick which game), a golf and cabin stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, car care packages, spa services and more.

Items available for the silent auction include pottery by Ed Gray, a guided kayak tour of Porter’s Island for two by Keweenaw Adventure Company, handmade jewelry by Missy La Fernier, and more.

There will also be a raffle during the Bash, but Woods said people need be present only to buy the ticket. It isn’t necessary to be present to win.

Woods said the CCHS serves Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

“Last year we had (more than) 750 animals come through our doors,” she said.

The CCHS also provides assistance with other services, such as spaying and neutering and veterinarian care.