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HSGB Celebrates 50 years of caring for four legged friends in Grand Bahama
By Sarah Kirkby
Oct 18, 2018 - 2:08:45 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – In 1968 the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) was founded “to protect God’s creatures in times of trouble on Grand Bahama Island.”  Today this mantra is the fundamental reason that the HSGB is going strong some 50 years later and firmly committed to alleviating animal overpopulation and suffering on the island.

On Saturday, November 17th at the Bahamas Union of Teacher’s Building the HSGB’s will host a 50th Golden Jubilee Gala, along with their title sponsor the Grand Bahama Port Authority. “We ask everyone to join us as we spend an evening reminiscing and celebrating the past 50 years,” said President Joseph Darville. “Our shelter has accomplished much for Grand Bahama animals; we will celebrate all those who have made it possible while looking to the future.”

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The HSGB receives no government support and continues to honour their founders by organizing free spay/neuter campaigns, facilitate adoptions, host humane education programs and pays for rescue partnerships. “Every animal deserves a chance at life and a forever home,” said Tip Burrows, HSGB Executive Director. “We try to provide that for as many as we can while maintaining a fiscal responsibility to the animals already in our care.  We believe that everything we can do to increase an animal’s adoptability can contribute to one more precious life saved.”

The gala which will also serve as a fundraiser for the over 200 dogs and cats in the current care for the shelter, will feature live music by well-known singer Ryan Carroll, the Panache jazz trio, and the Soul Sistas & House of Hoops and Dreams Band. The event will also feature the infamous Humane Society silent auction items and delicious heavy appetizers and buffet dinner catered by Roxy (Jasmine Roxbury).  “We are also thrilled to announce that the cash bar will feature local brewer, Bahamian Brewery’s beers, as well as wine and high ball cocktails,” said HSGB Board Member and Gala Chair, Lisa Pakosh. “We are pulling out all the stops and really looking forward to dazzling our guests with a fabulous night to remember.”

Burrows added “the staff and animals at the HSGB are so grateful for our Fundraising Committee’s hard work, and the public’s support. We’re also very pleased to announce that the Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Honourable Michael Pintard, and MP for Pineridge will also be attending.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Humane Society for $75, or a table for ten for $700, all guests will receive a commemorative “doggy bag” which contain some lovely gifts by those who continue to support the HSGB. To learn more Email hsgbgala@yahoo.com, or call 727.2477 or 439.1049 or visit their social media pages.

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