Mad Hatter’s Gala & Auction to be held Jan. 26

- Posted on Jan 09, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society will host its Mad Hatter’s Gala & Auction from 5:30-11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Abingdon Ruritan Club in Bena.

The premier annual fundraiser for the GMHS, this year’s event takes its inspiration from “Alice in Wonderland,” including food and drink “fit for a Queen of Hearts,” music from Good Shot Judy, and “curiouser and curiouser” auction items that will come up for bid, a release stated.

Tickets are available for purchase from the GMHS front desk and online at Individual tickets are offered for $125 and must be purchased by Jan. 20 for guaranteed seating. Reserved tables for eight are also available for $750, and event sponsorships begin at $1,000. Chesapeake Bank is this year’s corporate sponsor.

Auction items offer something for every taste and include experiences and fine art, jewelry and furnishings. Live auction offerings range from a cherry Weeks rocking chair, individually handcrafted for GMHS by Gary Weeks, to a New Orleans travel package, including a three-night stay in a suite at the Windsor Court Hotel, gift certificate to Brennan’s and $100 to use at Café du Monde or for a carriage ride. Fictional immortality is even up for bid: best-selling author David Baldacci will name a character in an upcoming book after one winning bidder. 

Silent auction offerings include a 14K yellow gold bracelet, featuring 47 round full-cut diamonds; stays at the Outer Banks’ Sanderling Resort and Smithfield Station, with dinner at the Smithfield Inn; and a Thanksgiving dinner for 12 offered by Kelsick Market. 

Chris Brown, farm manager of Dunham Massie Farm, and Granville Ambrose, owner of Granville Ambrose Lawn Care, have joined forces to offer a Seafood Festival Extravaganza for Two raffle to benefit GMHS. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Chincoteague Seafood Festival, with a two-night stay at the Chincoteague (Virginia) Hampton Inn; the Crab Festival in Irvington, and the annual GMHS Oyster Roast. 

Additionally—and offered with the cooperation of John Phillips, CEO of Phillips Energy—the raffle winner will receive two VIP passes to the Virginia Living Museum’s Oyster Roast. Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased ($20 each or six for $100) at the GMHS front desk and during the gala and auction.

“The Mad Hatter’s Gala & Auction promises to be full of ‘wonder’ for our guests and supporters,” said GMHS executive director Nichola Redmond. “This event is critical to GMHS’ ability to serve our communities and provide care, shelter and lifesaving measures for homeless pets because the funds raised are used for exactly that purpose. Our ability to save lives is directly tied to the financial success of the event. That is the reason businesses and donors provide high-quality auction items and financial support. The goal to make the evening both enjoyable for guests and profitable for the animals is most certainly what drives our volunteers to expend so much time, energy and creativity. We look forward to Jan. 26, where fun, philanthropy and a love for animals will intersect.”

For sponsorship opportunities or other information about the event, contact Redmond and 804-693-5520, ext. 307, or

All proceeds from the event and associated raffle will benefit GMHS and be used to save and transform the lives of homeless pets, the release stated.