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Simon & Pamela Curtis, pictured at a previous Blue Jean Ball with “Lilly,” one of two Yorkie-mix puppies auctioned at the event.

By Mary Starr

One evening each fall everything goes to the dogs (and cats).

That’s when the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia holds its annual Blue Jean Ball.

This year, the event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Sinclair Plantation home of Robin and Davis Love, on St. Simons Island. Parking will be at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, and shuttles to and from the event will be provided. Tickets to the benefit are $160 per person, and include parking, transportation, admission, food, live and silent auctions, open bar, entertainment by Suzy and the Bird Dogs and a DJ and dancing after the band’s performance.

The event, held outdoors at the Love residence, is situated in the barn and paddocks on the property.

HSSCG Executive Director Virginia Schlegel is anticipating a sold-out event.

“This is our third year, and we have sold out every year,” she said. “Lou Bailey, one of our board members, came up with the idea because she had seen a Blue Jean Ball being done in Atlanta, and thought it would be a fresh idea for our community.”

The event has grown popular not only because of the important cause it benefits, and its beautiful setting, but also because there is little to no stressing about what to wear.

Schlegel said the funds raised will go toward general operations, including the medical department.

“We regularly go to high-kill facilities, and pull dogs from surrounding counties,” she explained. “These animals usually come with much higher medical issues.”

The group hopes to raise $225,000 at this year’s ball.

A barbecue dinner will be catered by Bob Thompson, a member of the HSSCG Board of Directors.

Silent auction items include pet portraits, a “glamping” trip to Raccoon Key and a round of golf at Ocean Forest for four, as well as other items. The live auction will feature a Ryder Cup flag signed by the team, and artist Steve Penley, will be at the event to auction one of his original pieces of art.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hsscg.org.