Willamette Humane Society Prepares for Bowser’s Boo Bash this October

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October 4, 2021

For immediate release.

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) will once again celebrate the return of fall with Bowser’s Boo Bash. But this year’s party is a little different. In addition to an in-person costume party, the WHS team is planning an online auction. Anyone, including those that don’t have a ticket, can bid online on items donated by generous animal lovers in Marion and Polk Counties. 

Photo from 2019’s Bowser’s Boo Bash.

The in-person portion of Bowser’s Boo Bash will be held October 23 at the Willamette Heritage Center, located at 1313 Mill St SE. The Halloween-themed evening will feature dinner, music, games, and silent and live auction items. The team also plans to share a very special story about a kitten rescued in Salem this summer. 

“Bowser’s Boo Bash is one of our most important fundraisers of the year,” said Erin Weldon, Development and Community Engagement Director. “People that come to this event are dedicated to making a real difference for pets and the people who love them. The fundraising goal is serious, but the night is so much fun. We can’t wait to see everyone in costume.”

Tickets are on sale now for $150 apiece. Ticket prices include dinner, wine, entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on auction items. 

The online auction portion of Bowser’s Boo Bash is free to join. More than 50 items will be available, ranging from a Baggalini luggage set to gift certificates to local businesses to handmade blankets from local artists. 

“This is the first year we’ve made the online auction open to everyone, even if they’re not attending the formal party,” Weldon said. “We have so many amazing things donated by our community of supporters, and we expect the bidding will be fast and furious.”

Participants must register online to start bidding. The auction opens Saturday, October 9, and ends Sunday, October 24. 

Last year’s COVID-19 concerns forced the cancellation of an in-person party. The WHS team wanted to bring the community together, but planning for this year was once again impacted by COVID-19. 

“We start planning for this event in the summer, and at that time, COVID restrictions were firmly in place,” Weldon said. “We weren’t even sure we could hold a big, in-person party when we started planning. And even if we could, we weren’t sure it was right for our community. So we made a pivot to a smaller event in a historic space. And we added the online auction to include those people that weren’t ready for an in-person event. We’ve been really excited by the feedback we’ve heard so far, both from those who are excited to party in person, and those who are happy they can participate from home.”

Purchase tickets and register for the online auction here

For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org

Media Contact
Jean Dion, Communications Manager
Willamette Humane Society
jean.dion@whs4pets.org
503-585-5900, ext. 308

About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk counties. The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and 700 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.