Virginia Hound Show video and a FUNraiser!

It's summer hound walk season! Joint-MFH Jerry Miller with some of the hounds at joint-MFH Jack and Betsy van Nagell's Boone Valley Farm last summer, as captured by photographer Dave Traxler.

The houndbloggers finally have some video for you from the Virginia Hound Show! Since Paper’s big victory in the single crossbred dog-entered class, everyone in the Iroquois kennel has been plenty busy. We’ve got updates on several topics, but first let’s go to the videotape from Viriginia …

Six days after the hound show, hounds and houndbloggers were back in Lexington, where the annual Hound Welfare Fund dinner and auction took place. The event’s honorary chair this year was the stylish and highly capable Kasia Pater, a passionate supporter of the Iroquois hounds, both retired and active. We are pleased to report that–thanks to our generous bidders, item donors, and cash donors–this year’s event, including the silent and live auctions, raised $68,000 for the retired Iroquois hounds! The top-priced item was Andre Pater‘s original charcoal and pastel work, “Awake,” which brought $16,000 after its unveiling at the pre-auction cocktail party.

Internationally renowned sporting artist Andre Pater with his charcoal and pastel work "Awake," specially created and unveiled at the 2011 Hound Welfare Fund dinner and auction. Thank you, Andre! Photo by Dave Traxler.

We’re so grateful to everyone who attended, bid, and made donations to the HWF, and to all of the artists and vendors who donated to the auctions. Because the Hound Welfare Fund is a 501(c)(3), donations are tax-deductible. So if you’d like to make a contribution, click on over to the HWF donation page, where you can donate online or by mail.

It’s only thanks to our generous donors that the Hound Welfare Fund has been a success for more than a decade and is now inspiring a new outlook on retiring working hounds.

Iroquois field secretary Betsy van Nagell with huntsman and HWF president Lilla Mason and HWF director Uschi Graham. Photo by Dave Traxler.

Remember: It’s all for the hounds! We are an all-volunteer fund, and none of our volunteers or committee members ever is reimbursed, even for expenses. Our volunteers really are volunteers who freely give their time, talent, and money to pay for our projects, and that’s a culture we’re proud of. If you’re a donor to the HWF, it means your money goes directly to buying medicine and food for the retired hounds–and never into someone else’s pocket.

John and Cathy Neal at the 2011 Hound Welfare Fund auction. Photo by Dave Traxler.

The fund’s 501(c)(3) status also means the Hound Welfare Fund abides by federal laws regulating charities and is highly transparent. Our form 990 tax information is public, and we can account for every dollar we raise–just as we can account for every retired hound in the fund’s care. For those of you who have been the retired hounds’ champions, thank you again for providing them with a dignified and peaceful retirement after their years of service on the hunt field.

Thanks to the Bulleits for concocting The Grundy to honor one of our best foxhounds. Photo by Dave Traxler.

Special thanks also are due to Betsy and Tom Bulleit. Using Bulleit Rye as a base, they developed a custom drink for the Hound Welfare Fund. Christened “The Grundy,” this hearty and delicious drink is named for one of the Iroquois Hunt’s all-time great hounds. And Leslie Penn, who headed up decorations for the silent auction, did an outstanding job.

The hunt club was dressed to the nines on auction night, thanks to caterer Cooper Vaughan, his staff, and decorating volunteers! Each diner also received a set of postcards depicting Iroquois retired hounds, taken by photographer Peggy Maness. Photo by Dave Traxler.

The Iroquois hounds like to thank their supporters whenever they can, so Baffle–the mother of both our prized BA litter and the new HA litter–made a special appearance at the pre-dinner cocktail party to meet and greet the guests whose bids will help provide for her when she retires from the working pack.

Artist and HWF supporter Andre Pater waxes lyrical about hounds as an appreciative Baffle, friend Morgen Federspiel, and Hound Welfare Fund supporters listen. Photo by Dave Traxler.

The Dodds were among those sharing good food and great camaraderie for a good cause. Photo by Dave Traxler.

Did the houndbloggers bid? Well, all right–the houndbloggers admit that they love a good auction, especially a charity auction, and even more especially a charity auction for hounds. So, yes, the houndbloggers did account for some game: an oil painting given by artist Hazel Morgan and a beautiful silver wine coaster donated by local businessman Zeff Maloney and Heritage Antiques.

The auction's honorary chair, Kasia Pater (left), perused the silent auction tables. Photo by Dave Traxler.

The bidding was pretty lively all evening, and several items drew especially hot competition!

Iroquois Hunt joint-Master Jerry Miller, whose leadership in retiring hounds inspired us to establish the Hound Welfare Fund, placed a bid. Photo by Dave Traxler.

In all, it was an evening of tremendous fun, all for a great cause.

Mary Moraja, Dr. Andrew Clark, and Kathleen Sullivan at the silent auction. Photo by Dave Traxler.

For more photos from the evening, see the Smilebox below:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

You all made Baffle and the Iroquois hounds very happy with your generous support!

Baffle and the Iroquois hounds were very pleased with how the fundraiser went! Photo by Dave Traxler.

Now it’s summer hound walk season again, so we’ll be out with the hounds for their exercise–and watching the HA puppies with great interest to see how they do on these forays into the wider world with their kennel colleagues, the older and working hounds. We hope you’ll stay tuned for their adventures and more photos and videos!

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