Humane Society hosts spring party for fundraiser

Published 12:17 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Sugar will welcome guests to the house of Dr. Fred and Mary Emrick Saturday on 35 Cemetery Road.

Funding day-to-day operations of the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society is no picnic, but Saturday it will be.

Checkered tablecloths, tasty picnic essentials and a few ants await guests of the spring humane society party, called “Animal Affair Picnic.”

The picnic will be at the home of Dr. Fred and Mary Emrick Saturday, hosted by their west highland terrier, Sugar.

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Hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salads, fruit salads, slaws, heavy hors d’oeuvres, pickup appetizers, cookies, five different cakes, brownies, lemon ice box, key lime pie and more will be served up by Nan Garrison, vice president of the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society.

Garrison said no picnic is complete without watermelon, so she found a way to kick it up a notch.

“I found watermelon Jello and watermelon vodka for watermelon Jello shooters,” Garrison said.

The event will feature a cash bar and a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting homeless dogs and cats in Natchez-Adams County.

Garrison said anyone and everyone in the Miss-Lou are invited — just bring cash. Admission is $25 at the door.

“Guests will have a wonderful time for a wonderful cause,” Garrison said. “The Adams County community and the Miss-Lou are just unbelievably kind to us, and have been for many years. I think this is very active community when it comes to animal welfare. Our parties are always very well supported and we appreciate that greatly.”

The bi-annual party comes around every spring and at Christmastime. Garrison said the party is considered the humane society’s major fundraiser.

Garrison said the Emrick’s house is the ideal location for a sunset picnic.

“The grounds are unbelievable,” Garrison said. “It’s fabulously landscaped. They have a big pond, and the gorgeous house sits up on the hill.”

Sugar will begin welcoming guests to the picnic at 6 p.m. The party will last until 9 p.m.

“Sugar is like my dogs,” Garrison said. “She allows the Emricks to live in her home with her.”

Garrison said guests are going to a picnic and are encouraged to wear comfortable picnic attire. Sugar Emrick’s house is located at 35 Cemetery Road in Natchez.