A Cause for Paws raises nearly $60,000 for homeless pets

It was a perfect, breezy night at A Cause for Paws.

Ann and Steve Bailey were the hosts of a dinner party and silent auction to benefit Young-Williams Animal Center on Sept. 22 at their stunning home in West Knoxville.  The two are huge animal lovers and secured a special VIP to greet guests–Sport, their family dog.

A Cause for Paws was held in their spectacular yard. Guests enjoyed southern cocktails, while perusing silent auction items around the pool patio.  Pistol Creek Catch of the Day provided live entertainment and the dinner was catered by Holly’s Eventful Dining.  Mouth watering lobster mac n’ cheese, a slider bar featuring: Angus beef, Pork Bahn Mi, and a veggie burger with tator tots.

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Sport Bailey

Sport Bailey

s d’oeuvres included: Mini Chicken and waffles, Imported and domestic cheeses, cured meat, and falafel stuffed mushrooms. The fun turned up, when live auctioneer Chad Ragle encouraged some generous bidding!

During dinner remarks, Brittany Bailey, Young-Williams event committee chair, spoke about the organization’s growth and success in decreasing the number of homeless pets in the community through adoption and an aggressive spay/neuter outreach effort, noting that more than 53,000 animals have been sterilized since 2007.  Bill Grindle, who volunteers nearly every day, invited guests to join him in volunteering at the shelter and said for him, it’s the best day of the week.


cause-for-paws-collageJanet Testerman, Young-Williams CEO, gave special thanks to the hosts, and explained Young-Williams’ new vision: A Home for Every Pet.

Among those attending the event were board members and Young-Williams staff.

Others enjoying the event were Erin Donovan, Dr. William and Katherine Johnson, Dr. Michael Bernard and Michelle Grubb, Caesar and Dorothy Stair III, Mark and Kristin Williams, Richard Jolly and Tommie Rush, Mr. Bill Regas, Jeff and Christy Lee, Abby Ham, Mike and Linda Messer.

All proceeds from the event go directly toward helping Young-Williams Animal Center provide care for more than 12,000 animals each year.