Laughs, fun and supporting a good cause |

Laughs, fun and supporting a good cause

Laugh Your Tail Off

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Where: Grand River Health, 501 Airport Road

What: Annual fundraiser supporting the Rifle Animal Shelter

For the past three years, Rifle Animal Shelter supporters from all over the valley and beyond have come to this much anticipated, sell-out event. This year will be no different.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 beginning at 6 p.m., we, the Rifle Animal Shelter staff, will host one of, if not the biggest fundraisers for the organization. In the ballroom of Grand River Health in Rifle, the evening will start out with cocktails while you visit with like-minded supporters and peruse the items in the silent auction.

Dinner will follow along with a special Rifle Animal Shelter presentation, award ceremony, and then you’ll be ready to literally laugh your tail off when Denver comedian Jolly Demis takes the stage to entertain the crowd with his witty humor and musical talent.

“Jolly Demis sounds like the name of a clown or maybe even a candy bar. But there’s nothing clownish or too sweet about Demis, a man of considerable talent when he uses his voice, guitar, and comedy repartee with the audience.” Walter Saunders of the former Rocky Mountain News, once wrote.

You’ll be sure to leave the evening with a smile on your face and a warm heart. Supporting the Rifle Animal Shelter just feels good.

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Staff and the committee have been working hard coordinating this great event and we are so excited for the upcoming day.

“This is one of my favorite events in Rifle,” said Dana Wood, Rifle city councilor and Rifle Animal Shelter committee member and volunteer. “So many community members and organizations come together to make it a success each year. It gives people who might not otherwise visit the shelter an opportunity to interact with animals up for adoption”.

The silent auction consists of a large variety of items donated from organizations all over the valley. Funding from the auction goes to the shelter so we may continue to do more for our community and the homeless pets.

“This really is big event for us,” said Heather Mullen, director of the Rifle Animal Shelter. “We consistently sell out and have many of our biggest supporters attend. This is a great opportunity to show what we’ve accomplished in the last year.”

The Rifle Animal Shelter is getting bigger, and better. With more staff to dedicate themselves to multiple projects, the shelter has been able to provide new programs, educational opportunities and create a better outreach.

The term “every little bit helps” is something the Rifle Animal Shelter takes seriously, and with each donation given, you’re giving a homeless pet a better chance at life.

So we here at the Rifle Animal Shelter invite you to purchase a ticket at and join us for a very meaningful evening.

Laugh Your Tail Off is sponsored by: Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, Align Multimedia, The River, KMTS and ANB Bank.

Blair Bracken is the events and development coordinator at the Rifle Animal Shelter. She can be reached at 970-625-8808.

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