Get Your Inner Animal Out for 2nd Annual GDHS Fur Ball

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by Lorraine Payette, written June 25, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) It’s time once again to bring out your inner animal and party your heart out for a great cause as the Gananoque and District Humane Society (GDHS) presents its second great annual Fur Ball party cruise on Friday, July 19.

“We had so much fun the first time, we just had to do it again,” said Arlene Massey of GDHS.

A gala event, this costume party will take place on a boat sponsored by the 1,000 Island Cruises Rockport Boat Line. Join them at 6:00 pm for a two hour tour through the Thousand Islands as you laugh, sing and dance your way along to the live music of R-Banned, playing all the greatest classic rock from the 60s and 70s you love and remember so well.

“This is a costume party fundraiser for the animals, so please celebrate them by coming dressed as your inner animal, your favourite animal, or your totem,” said Massey.

While costumes are certainly not required, they add to the fun of the event. The evening will include live music (classic rock) by R-BANNED, as well as games, free snacks, dancing, a cash bar, and crazy fun cruising the magnificent St. Lawrence and the 1000 Islands.

“And you can do all of this while lending your much-needed and valued support to a worthy cause,” says Massey. “Last year, we were able to raise $2,400 for the Shelter with this cruise. We encourage you to buy your tickets early, as this is our hottest summer event and they sell out very quickly.”

Pat and Kate O’Connor came out last year to have a great evening at a great price.

“The party went very well, we really enjoyed it a lot,” said Pat. “We came to support the Gananoque Humane Society, that’s where we saw the sign, and we come about once a year to the Rockport Boatline, so this was a great way to do both. We’d definitely do it again.”

“The evening was so much fun, it was great, it was exciting,” said Simone, one of the GDHS volunteers. “It was a great evening for the Humane Society and lots of fun. The dancing was great, the band was wonderful, and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Tickets are $25 each, and may be purchased through the event coordinator, Arlene Massey at (613) 923-1953 or ,Cornwall’s Pub in Rockport at (613) 659-2338 or at the Shelter. Please drop in at 85 Hwy 32, Gananoque, ON K7G 2V3 between 9:00 a.m. and noon, Monday – Saturday, or call (613) 382-1512. For more on the Shelter itself and how you can help, please go to or visit their Facebook page.


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