The Rags to Wags gala is the Austin Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising more than $400,000. This single night provides the highest quality medical care, food, shelter and endless love for thousands of animals in the months ahead. By participating in this unforgettable night you’re having a direct impact on the cats and dogs we serve.
Begins at 6:30pm
Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
Our night together begins with a fabulous cocktail hour where you can mix and mingle with fellow animal lovers, have your photo taken with some furry friends, and peruse our silent auction. This year it’s packed full of fantastic items from exclusive experiences to gorgeous handcrafted jewelry – there’s truly something for everyone! Remember, all proceeds benefit the animals at the Austin Humane Society.
DOORS OPEN at 7:00pm
Dinner, Live Auction & Program
During our Rags to Wags program, you’ll enjoy a delicious seated dinner, have a chance to chat with friends, and see some of the amazing happy tail stories you made possible. Then, hang on to your hats, as Cowboy Auctioneer Heath Hale takes the stage for our incredible live auction! Remember, you’ll want to stay until the very end of the program for one of the best parts of our evening together – our animal runway show!
Begins immediately following program
VIP AFTER PARTY
To wrap up this magical night, our exclusive VIP after party is back for a second year. Grab a signature drink and some tasty bites as we toast to another life changing year. Select sponsorships include VIP tickets. Additional tickets will be available for purchase soon.
MEET YOUR 2018 RAGS TO WAGS EMCEE
We are thrilled to welcome back KXAN’s Emmy Award-winning Weathercaster Jim Spencer for a second year as emcee. Jim has been forecasting Austin and Central Texas weather for nearly three decades, longer than anyone in the history of Austin television. Jim is also well known for his love of animals and is on the board of directors of Service Dogs. You’ve likely seen Jim with his four legged friend Kaxan, who regularly appears on KXAN to help spread the word about important animal issues.
MEET YOUR COWBOY AUCTIONEER
We are proud to welcome back Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale. Heath and the Cowboys raise millions of dollars each year for charities in Texas and across the USA and they are grateful to be a part of our AHS family. When it’s time to bid, just look for the cowboy hats!
For QUESTIONS or information:
Shea Wylen, Director of Development