Ready, Set, Bid: The Hound Welfare Fund auction is tonight!

The houndbloggers have just returned from the Mill this morning, and we can report that it looks amazing, all gussied up in its best finery–including new framed photos from the past hunt season!–for tonight’s Hound Welfare Fund dinner and live and silent auctions.

This year’s auctions will feature sporting art by Sandra Oppegard (who has contributed a watercolor depicting the Iroquois Hunt’s 2011 Blessing Day), Katherine Landikusic, Sally Moren, Ena Lund, and D. Lee (whose debut work for HWF is a stunning portrait of Driver); a limited edition Andre Pater print with hand-drawn remarque; a handcrafted leather satchel from Claire Painter at Clever with Leather; luncheon and behind-the-scenes Keeneland experience with trustee emeritus Ted Bassett; a private hunt with the Iroquois hounds and staff; a sterling silver necklace from Shelia Bayes; a lamp hand-painted by Ouisha McKinney and depicting the Iroquois hunt clubhouse at Grimes Mill; box seats at Keeneland Racecourse for the 2013 Blue Grass Stakes; and much more!

For a taste of the live auction’s art and experiences, see the videos below.

And remember: 100 percent of the proceeds for all auction items go directly to the retired hounds’ care, and donations to the fund are tax-deductible. Now there’s also a cool opportunity to double the power of your donation. Write a check to the HWF, put “matching fund” in the memo line, and a generous anonymous donor has agreed to match your gift, up to a total of $5,000. To donate online to the HWF, click here. Or simply mail your donation to Hound Welfare Fund, P.O. Box 55610, Lexington, Ky. 40555.

Tonight’s the night!

The Hound Welfare Fund‘s annual dinner and auction takes place this evening. For more details on some of the items on offer–including sporting artworks and the unveiling and sale of a new work by Andre Pater–click here and here. We thought you might also be interested in seeing some of the the night’s live auction items, too, and hear some of the voices behind the artists who support the fund, the first registered 501(c)(3) charity to care for retired foxhounds after their working days end due to age or injury.

Hot Shots benefit Hound Welfare Fund

Thanks to all of you who bought the Sporting Clays Afternoon and Picnic at the 2010 Hound Welfare Fund auction!

IT looks like Sunday’s Sporting Clays Afternoon and Picnic hit the target for these happy participants. The group won the package at the 2010 Hound Welfare Fund benefit auction back in March, and their winning bid went straight to the Iroquois retired hounds. Thank you!

Thanks also to Tommy Dulin and Andre Pater for offering their good coaching services and to hosts Jerry and Susan Miller, who held the event on their farm. After several hours of shooting clay pigeons, the party moved creekside, where Susan Miller laid on a sumptuous spread at one of the prettiest spots in the hunt country, on the shaded banks of Boone Creek. The participants also will receive a DVD highlighting their shooting exploits.

A lavish creekside picnic followed the afternoon's shooting.

The company was excellent, the conversation great, the food and wine delicious–and it all benefitted the hounds. Thanks again to everyone for making the day such fun!

Here are a few highlights from the day, first in video and then in some photos. If you missed out of the Sporting Clays afternoon this year, keep your eyes open for the 2011 HWF benefit auction program and come back to bid again!