Annual event scheduled Saturday at Meadow Lakes to benefit the Humane Society of the Ochocos

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The Humane Society of the Ochocos Golf Event, Dinner and Benefit Auction serves as the shelter's primary fundraiser of the year. Much of the money raised will go toward building a new facility.

Whether you like to golf, bid on prizes or enjoy a good meal, the Humane Society of the Ochocos should have you covered this weekend.

The local no-kill animal shelter is once again hosting its Golf Event, Dinner and Benefit Auction on Saturday, inviting teams of golfers to hit the links while supporting Humane Society operations and future plans to build a new shelter.

Now in its fourth year, the event has enjoyed continued growth and community interest, according to HSO Executive Director Heather O'Daniel.

"It has been a wonderful event and fundraiser for us," she said. "Each year, we grow. We have two teams coming over from the (Willamette) Valley this year who have heard about our golf tournament. They were the first two (teams) to sign up."

The golf portion of the event will be a four-person scramble with no handicap required, and scoring will be on the Callaway Handicap System. The tournament will also feature a hole-in-one prize as well as other multiple side and hole events. The tournament takes place at Meadow Lakes Golf Course and begins at noon Saturday, Sept. 16.

While the event revolves around the golf tournament, O'Daniel is quick to point out that you don't need to be a golfer to attend and enjoy the fundraiser. People are welcome to show up during the tournament and check out the silent auction items, which will be set up the prior evening.

"If you want to just come out and support HSO, there will be plenty of staff and board members to talk to," O'Daniel said. "We are going to have a couple of staff members rotate some of our dogs through, throughout the day."

HSO staff will also bring their adoption book to the event, so that people can see what animals are available at the shelter.

"If someone is interested, we can send them up to the shelter," O'Daniel said.

As the golf competition winds down around 5 p.m., golfers and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy a tri-tip dinner for $25 a plate. In addition to the tri-tip, the meal includes a salad, beans and a fudge brownie dessert.

A live auction will follow, a portion of the event that O'Daniel is especially excited about this year.

"We have a lot of businesses coming to us now and wanting to participate," she noted. "A lot of the community is really coming to us to help us raise money for our shelter. It has really been an awesome year for that."

Auction items up for bid include hot air balloon rides, a chance for kids spend to a day with local law enforcement or fire department personnel, a distillery tour or a three-day pheasant hunt on a local private ranch. Also, a community member has made some dog beds for people to bid on.

The golf tournament is HSO's premiere annual fundraiser, and the money raised this year will be used to support the shelter, with a special emphasis on funding a new building.

"We have a great community that backs us and supports us," O'Daniel said of the annual event. "It's nice to be in such a supportive community."

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