Spring Basset Blast 2018-Wrap Up!


Thank you to everyone that attended, volunteered and donated to ABC Basset Hound Rescue’s 2018 Spring Basset Blast on April 28th!

Paws down, this was ABC’s most successful Blast ever! The weather was perfect for an inside event..cool, damp and raining! We had over 300 people and 200 bassets walk through the doors of the Dome Arena in Rochester.

ABC BHR had 3 adoptions that day! Congratulations to Bo Duke, Daisy Duke and Luke Duke on finding their forever homes. Senior basset, Boomer, met his new mom that day and she made the adoption official on Mother’s Day.

ABC Volunteer and Southwest Airline pilot, Don Gordon, volunteered over 80 hours to earn 4 round-trip tickets on Southwest for us to raffle off. ABC earned $7,000 on this raffle and our winners were ABC volunteer Lauren Mirro and ABC supporter, Mary Young. Bon voyage, ladies!

Congratulations to our Sweepstakes Winners: Daniel Decoux, Regina Villani, Lou Trelease, Stephanie Cornell, Denise Miner & Joe Kula who won a total of $1950.

The 2018 ABC Basset Hound Rescue Royal Court are:

King Toby Fiden
Queen Dolly Hastings
Prince Albert Ralph (camera shy)
Princess Valentine Spieler
Duke Baxter Kowalczyk
Duchess Pretty Brown Eyes (ABC foster dog)

Fun was had by human and hound as we played musical mats, had a sock race, and enjoyed the costumes during our costume contest. The register was ringing at The Slobber Shoppe non-stop as new items were flying off the tables, raffle tickets were being ripped feverishly at our 100+ basket raffle, silent auction items were bid up and up and up. Bassets were begrudgingly getting their nails trimmed while others had their paw prints made into art.

DJ John was playing a mix of our favorite music (more polka next year, I promise) while bassets and their families enjoyed mingling with each other and watching an occasional Basset 500 break out. We signed up 5 new ABC VIP’s at the Blast too!

Our memorial table honored the lives of the bassets who left us this past year. Our memorial service paid respect to over 30 bassets who have lived and been loved by many of us.

Thank you to our 49 sponsors who helped us raise $15,500 in sponsorships to help offset the cost of renting the Dome Arena.

Top Dog ($1,500 & Up)
Diane Bradley
Ed & Lydia Knapp

Leader of the Pack ($1,000 to $1,499)

Duke, Doolie & The 3 Muskateers Tater, Flash & Gator

True Companion ($500-$999)
Don & Shelly Gordon
Frank & Jeanette Levin

Best Friend ($250 to $499)
Corry Veterinary Clinic
Dog N Frog
Joe Knipp & Trudy Spiller
Pucker-Party Rock Band
Bob Richardson
State Farm
Suburban Animal Hospital
Truman, TPK

Tail Wagger ($100-$249)
Sandra Baxter & Riley
Rocky & Gunther Bonerb
Susan Charles
Chopper & Patty Fiden
Jim & Karen Gelston
Donna Gibson
The Gigliotti Family
Steve & Deb Gittens
Goodfellow Farms
Have a Heart Charity
Thomas Hegeman, Esq & Marie Hegeman, LCSW
Dana Hrycko
Gerald & Barbara Hrycko
Iron Sight, LLC
Jet Action, Inc.
Sandie Kocher & Tim Kaczmarek
Little Critters Country Store
Lyons Veterinary Clinic
M.V. Sport
Garry R. McGivern
Mona Mae, Elmo, Smokey & Alice
Jacquie Natalino
Gary & Kathy Penny
Tom Schreck
Sew Many Things by Michelle
Scarlet Soltis
Carolyn St. Charles in memory of Celine Knauer
Don & Terry Todd
Town of Cheektowaga Federal Credit Union
Bill & Chris Wiegand
Mary VandenBergh

This event was our most successful ever raising over $54,000 for the homeless bassets that we help in NY and other states throughout the country! Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success! Please be sure to mark your calendar for April 27th, 2019!

Thank you to Julianne Guercio for the use of her photos for this blog. See more of her photos here.

Thank you Eric Zinter for sharing his photos here.

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