The ninth annual Humane Society of Moab Valley BBQ and major fundraiser will take place at Old City Park from 4 to 8 P.M. on Sunday, August 7th.
Food will be catered by the Moab Brewery and will include beef tri-tip, chicken, vegetarian pasta, beans, cole slaw, corn bread, salad, dessert, and the Brewery’s special keg root beer. Tickets are available at the HSMV office in the Moab City Shelter, as well as the Moab Barkery.
Enjoy the talents of local musicians while treating your taste buds to a fabulous BBQ. This year’s silent auction will be better than ever, with luxury gift items to pamper yourself or give to a friend, as well as gift certificates for art, restaurants, adventure trips, and more! The silent auction and BBQ are the primary annual fundraisers for the Humane Society of Moab Valley.
The BBQ started in 2002, by Paul and Zee McCarroll, then chefs extraordinaire at the Center Cafe. They had just opened at their new location on First West; Zee’s mother used to love to come by and check out the construction progress and was excited to see it open. Sadly, she passed away just before the new cafe opened. With this business, the McCarrolls decided that one of their missions was to give back to the community. At the time, funds were being raised to build the first animal shelter in Moab. They decided that by holding the BBQ, they could honor Zee’s mother, help to accomplish and support something much needed, and do something fun that local people would enjoy. Zee started barbecuing several days in advance; friends and staff shucked corn and helped with other preparations. The Center Cafe’s staff was awesome, donating their time and even their tips to the Humane Society! They all looked forward to it and had a great time. The lovely cafe, the generosity of the staff, donors to the auction, and attendees made this a highlight of the summer season for many local residents.
After the Center Cafe closed, Buck’s Grill House was the next venue for the event. Tim Buckingham opened up the outdoor patio and supplied a great selection of delectables. This year, a new atmosphere will be tried at Old City Park - a bit less formal, hopefully a bit more fun with great food, activities for the kids, and certainly the best silent auction ever!
Celebrating 11 years of serving the Moab area, the local Humane Society is run solely on donations and grants, with volunteers supplying the vast majority of work. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of companion animals and their owners by:
•Saving the lives of orphaned animals through rescue and adoption services.
•Providing training, support and education for pet owners and the community
•Providing spay/neuter opportunities for all cats and dogs
Holding adoption days most Saturdays, sponsoring three spay/neuter clinics per year as well as year-round low-income vouchers, working with Seekhaven to assist families leaving abusive situations by providing a safe place for pets, and providing discount for senior adoptors and/or senior animals are just a few of the on-going programs of HSMV.
For more information on the BBQ, animals, volunteering or donating, call 435-259-HUMANE (259-4682).