Hard to believe, but the holiday season is just around the corner once again! Celebrate the beginning of the holidays, and help a Golden Retriever rescue raise funds to help its dogs. Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever (WAAGR) will hold its 10th annual Goldens Holiday House on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WAAGR, an all-volunteer/member Golden Retriever rescue organization serving southeastern Wisconsin and beyond, will host the event at the home of one of WAAGR’s founding members, N61 W12851 Hemlock Court, in the River Heights South subdivision, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
The home will be decorated with 30 trees, including a Wizard of Oz tree and a tree dedicated to Jolly Old St. Nick himself. WAAGR Vice President Barb Hart, who hosts the event with her husband Jim, begins decorating her home for the event in October. This year’s also will feature a baked goods sale, silent auction, complimentary refreshments, and plenty of Golden Retrievers to greet attendees. A $5 donation is requested to attend the Goldens’ Holiday House, with kids under 12 admitted for free. All proceeds from the event go to help the Goldens in WAAGR’s care that are awaiting new homes. So far in 2013, WAAGR has helped 110 dogs.
“As a nonprofit organization with no paid staff, we rely on the generosity of individuals that want to help provide a safe and happy life for Golden Retrievers that, for whatever reason, have lost their homes,” said WAAGR President Amie Trupke. “We look forward to seeing you at our final fundraiser of 2013, and appreciate the support we have had throughout the year!”
Goldens Holiday House, by the numbers:
* The tallest tree decorated for the event is 12 feet.
* Barb Hart said she has collected more than 2,000 Hallmark ornaments in 35 years, which adorn all but one of the trees.
* More than 5,000 cookies are baked for the bake sale each year.
* Ten volunteers will be on hand to help with the event.
About Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever
Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever received its 501(c)(3) February 2005 and helped its first dogs in May of that year. WAAGR’s mission is “to provide bright new beginnings to displaced Golden Retrievers.” WAAGR is an all-volunteer/member rescue organization based in southeastern Wisconsin, also serving the Madison area and the Fox Cities/Green Bay. For more information about WAAGR and adoption, visit the organization on the web at http://www.waagr.org.