Paw Prints Party: The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County


Last Saturday evening, August 23rd, I attended Paw Prints Party, which was held at Woodland Hills. This event is the biggest annual fundraiser for The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Hollywood Feed was there in full force! They had two full tables of staff and supporters that attended this dinner with silent and live auctions as well as live music and dancing! The Humane Society, which is located at 935 Farm Road in Memphis (on Shelby Farms) and at, provides food, water, shelter and medical care for abused and neglected animals, and has been around in the Memphis area since 1933. They receive no government funding and rely on donations from people like you, who love animals!

The chair of the Paw Prints Party this year was Jean McGhee, who is Senior Buyer for Hollywood Feed, so she is responsible for bringing in all of the wonderful items you find in your local store! She did an amazing job and presented awards to three people who have really made a difference with the Humane Society. This year’s Founder's Award went to Judge Robert Lanier, the Volunteer of the Year was Jim Waldron, and this year’s Humane Hero was Allen Iskiwitz!

There were also many businesses and artists from Memphis who donated items for the silent and live auctions. There were so many good things to choose from! A few of the donors for the auctions this year included: The Capital Grille, Claire Ellers Fine Jewelry, Gia Marina, High Cotton Brewing Company, Hollywood Feed, Interim Restaurant, Memphis Grizzlies, One & Only BBQ and Orvis; as well as local artisits: Phyllis Boger, J. Gillette, and Carol Sams Schreiber. I think this year’s Paw Prints Party was a success! I bid on and won two items in the silent auction. I won a beauty package from Gia Marina, which I am looking forward to using soon. I also won a painting of a cat by J. Gillette, which looks exactly like my own cat, Ecco Domani physically, and in aloofness!


The real winners, of course, are all of the animals that will benefit from the fundraiser this year, and will have full bellies and a warm place to stay while they are waiting for their furever home. I think adopting from a shelter is the only way to go when you start looking for your new dog or cat. You will find a friend who will be grateful to you for the rest of his life!

You may be able to find some pictures from the party in the next issue of RSVP Magazine at, but I’ll give you a sneak peek at some of the Hollywood Feed employees and friends who attended this year:

Anne Ross, Jean McGhee, Brittany Gilliam

Taylor Lackie, Catherine Talbot

John Sanders, Jessie Isbell

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