Last fall I was nominated to be a new board member of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. I really wasn't that interested in joining another Board as doing it right does take some time and I really have my hands full right now with Lijit. But, the HSBV has been an important charity for my family for a long time so I decided if I was going to do something in the non-profit space, this is the logical thing to do.
In January I joined to the Board and as a result have had the opportunity to spend some time with the staff and learn more about the organization. I spent a day over at that facility where I visited the different departments and learned about all the important services they provide to the Boulder community and the important work they do for companion animals in the region. In the few months I have been there I have been blown away with Lisa Pedersen the CEO. She has done an amazing job over there. In fact, I have been completely blown away by professionalism of the staff, the huge volunteer work force, and their focus on their mission. Boulder and the surrounding communities are extremely lucky to have this resource.
HSBV is a non-profit so a large part of the yearly budget comes from fundraising and one of the largest chunks of that fundraising is the annual "Puttin' on the Leash" benefit. This year the benefit is April 19th at the CU Coors Event Center.
Every year Lura and I attend and have a ball drinking the wine, sampling food from more than 20 vendors and bidding on silent and live auction items. There are usually a collection of adoptable Dogs that attend, and they are always fun to play with. Mike Nelson from channel 7 news hosts every-year. Two years back Lura and I bid on the "Dinner with Mike and Cindy Nelson" live action item. We ended up winning (that and several other items that year) and had a great time watching Mike do the weather at the studio and then going out for an awesome dinner in Denver.
I really want to invite everyone to come attend this year. It's a lot of fun, there is plenty of wine and food and you will see tons of people you know there. You can get a preview of the live action items here. Take a look at the vacation auction items as they are generally donated from people in the community and are over-the-top nice. I have seen some of these auction items go for really attractive prices.
Lura and I bought a table this year to focus specific donation-arm-twisting on a select few, but most of the event is just walking around having a good time. If you show up I'll buy you a drink!