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"This may be one of the best bands Sikeston has seen," said Tom Nunnelee, 2007 entertainment chair of the event.
Set to a "Summer Safari" theme, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Trisha's Catering. Entertainment will be from 8 to 11 p.m. at the home of Bryan and Stephanie Palmer, 1203 Fairfield, in Sikeston.
Led by Arvell Keithley, the St. Louis band has also been requested as performers for annual corporate functions at Anheuser Busch, Boeing, St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues organizations, St. Louis Zoo and numerous others.
"Arvell and Company offer a very wide range of music, and they really play to their audiences and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds so we felt Arvell and Company would be a great addition to the 2007 Doggie Ball," Nunnelee said.
Nunnelee first heard the band play at Busch's Grove, a restaurant in St. Louis.
For the Doggie Ball, Arvell and Company will consist of a seven-piece ensemble, which will feature a keyboard, guitar, base drums, a female singer and saxophone player.
"Arvell really enjoys playing to the people and involving the people," Nunnelee said. "This band will be good to dance and be entertained by. We're excited about having Arvell and Company play for this year's Doggie Ball."
The band plans to play at least one set using the keyboard, base and drums during hors d'oeuvres and perform three sets of standards, dance and Motown/classics for listening and dancing after hors d'oeuvres, Nunnelee said.
"They have a great song list. Their songs run through the 60s, 70s and 80s," Nunnelee said.
Charlette Vanover, president of Sikeston Area Humane Society, predicted this year's Doggie Ball will be the best yet.
"The Doggie Ball is our largest fundraiser of the year. That's where the bulk of our money comes from because we are nonprofit. This event enables us able to keep the shelter open," said Vanover, who has been involved with the organization for seven years.
Raffle ticket opportunities will be available to win a sapphire/diamond necklace valued at $1,550 compliments of Sam's Jewelry; two-day duck hunting package for four people valued at $1,200 compliments of Home Oil, outdoor lawn furniture valued at $500, Chanel purse valued at $400 compliments of PurseNality, Easy Slip Charcoal Grill valued at $125 compliments of Ag Mart, North Ridge Weekend grooming/kennel valued at $100 compliments of North Ridge Veterinary Hospital.
Also, Sikeston artist Shirley Anderson will donate a portrait for the event. Funds raised will be used for the maintenance of the facility, salaries, veterinarian costs and health management, said Michelle Worth, 2007 chair of the event.
"Without community support, the Sikeston Area Humane Society would not be able to succeed in helping homeless animals survive," Worth said.
The shelter doesn't serve only Sikeston, Vanover pointed out. Residents from Morehouse, East Prairie and Dexter also utilize the Sikeston Area Humane Society, she said.
"And there's always room for new people who are new to town or those who never knew about the Doggie Ball to support the event," Vanover said.
Raffle tickets can be can be purchased from Vanover at Montgomery Bank, Sikeston Area Humane Society; Gas Light Square; Feeders Supply and from any Humane Society board member.
When: June 16
Where: Home of Bryan and Stephanie Palmer, 1203 Fairfield in Sikeston
Time:?6:30 p.m. for drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres; entertainment will be from 8 to 11 pm.
Entertainment: Arvell and Company
Tickets: $40 for singles, $80 for couples, $150 for patrons, $250 for sponsors and $500 for benefactors.
Purchase tickets: Contact Michelle Worth at 472-5576 or Charlette Vanover at 472-5413.