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'A Home For The Holidays' gala Nov. 11

Tickets are now for sale for Gulf Coast Humane Society’s most important fundraiser event of the year

November 2, 2017
FL Guide

"A Home For The Holidays" gala will be Saturday, Nov. 11. The popular event will be held at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Downtown Fort Myers for the first time, starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $150 and will include a sit-down buffet type of dinner, an open bar and the chance to bid on some high-end items in the live and silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased by going to this

Or purchase your tickets by emailing or call 239-332-0364 ext. 321.

"We are very excited to be hosting our biggest fundraiser inside Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center this year, which provides an eloquent atmosphere and a centralized location," said GCHS Executive Director Jennifer Galloway. "Every year, this event grows, simply because it's so fun and everyone knows their donations are going to a perfect causeour shelter animals."

All profits of the "A Home For The Holidays" gala will go directly to GCHS and its feature ask.

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This year's featured ask will be raising money for multiple large generators to help power the entire facility to help keep the animals safe during severe events, such as Hurricane Irma.

At 11:52 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, all power was knocked out as Hurricane Irma made its way through Fort Myers Fortunately, GCHS had three working smaller generators to help keep certain areas ventilated with fans, along with one portable A.C. unit, and two refrigerators in Rehab running to keep medications cool. Two of the generators were generously borrowed to GCHS, while two others were purchased by the shelter pre-hurricane, but one of those ended up being swamped during the hurricane.

Power remained off until late afternoon that next Tuesday, which was three and a half days of no ability to cool down the majority of the shelter. Temperatures reached 90-plus degrees over the ensuing days, which was a direct threat to the shelter's most vulnerable animals. GCHS was sheltering eight litter of puppies, a large number of kittens, two ferrets and several rabbits.

When temps reach over 90-degrees, ferrets and rabbits are in grave danger of going into heat stroke, which ultimately can lead to death. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to a high heat index, as well.

Several cats, kittens, ferrets and rabbits were housed in the Real-Life Room and down the hallway leading to Cove, where circulation was provided by fans and open air, but temperatures were starting to dangerously get higher and higher. The puppies in Intake were starting to fade by Tuesday.

Finally, power popped back on around 3 p.m. Tuesday and that was just the nick in time for many of GCHS' puppies, kittens and pocket animals which were at risk due to the lack of air conditioning inside the facility.

Having these generators will power the entire GCHS facilities, which is vital in keeping all the shelter animals safe and sound. Air conditioning will be fully functional in all rooms, lights will be on for staff to perform their duties in a safe environment and refrigeration will be on to ensure life-saving medications do not go bad.

The generators will also guarantee the necessary medical relief to the shelter animals, as well as keeping the facility sanitary, during potential times when power is out for long periods of time.

To donate to the GCHS generator cause or just to donate in general to the shelter, visit the website at or mail donations to: Gulf Coast Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, FL. 33916.



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