Hoover Residents and Realtors Host Fur the Love Gala and Silent Auction for Hand in Paw


Two Hoover residents and estate agents hosted a gala dinner and silent auction this weekend to benefit the Hand in Paw Charity in Birmingham which seeks to improve human health and well-being through therapy assisted by animals.

The Fur the Love event is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hand in Paw offices at 617 38and St. S. in Birmingham and will include dinner at Taziki’s Mediterranean cafe, drinks, live music and a silent auction, said Ashley Lemley, who organized the event with fellow estate agent Gina Musser.

The silent auction will include a Ring doorbell, a $150 gift card for the Mia Moda boutique, a gift basket with dog accessories, two Kendra Scott collars, a handmade quilt with dog faces all over, a hand-woven purse, a Hobo wallet, Alabama Goods merchandise, a Vera Bradley bag, gift certificates from numerous restaurants, and a steak dinner for two delivered by “Taste of Texas” restaurant in Houston with two steak knives, a bottle of wine, wine glasses and “Taste of Texas” steak seasoning.

Lemley said she was blown away by the generosity of all the businesses and people in the community who donated items for the auction.

Ethan Brown and Marielle Vientos, two eighth-graders at the Alabama School of Fine Arts who call themselves Main Floor, will provide acoustic entertainment, and guests can also view portraits of animals and other artwork in a small art gallery, Lemley said.

Buffalo Rock donated drinks and water, and Tito’s donated vodka, with the evening’s signature cocktail being the “Hair of the Dog,” Lemley said.

Tickets are $100 each, with all proceeds from the event going to Hand in Paw. “They’re an amazing nonprofit,” Lemley said.

She and Musser have already raised nearly $4,000 for Hand in Paw with Sips ‘N’ Strokes parties held every four to six weeks at Hand in Paw, she said. Their original goal for this “Fur the Love” gala was $20,000, but Lemley said it could end up being $10,000 to $15,000, based on ticket sales so far.

Considering this is a freshman event, “I think we’re doing pretty well,” Lemley said. “It’s just a busy time of year.”

Lemley and Musser work with RealtySouth from the agency’s office on Acton Road and call their team “The Address Makeover Gals.” Lemley lives in Green Valley and Musser lives in Ross Bridge.

Tickets will go on sale just before the start of the event and are available at the-address-makeover-gals.ticketleap.com/fur-the-love-gala-and-silent-auction/details or on the Hand website in Paw.

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