WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - The first ever Dancing For The Paws event was successful beyond expectations. That’s according to Humane Society of Marathon County Board Chair Linda Berna-Karger. “We had between 360 and 400 people in attendance, and we raised over 13-thousand dollars for the Humane Society, and that will go directly to benefit the animals that we care for there.”
This was the first ever Dancing For The Paws event locally, and Berna-Karger was concerned about if the event would be successful. “I was a little worried early on that we wouldn’t have this, but everybody kept saying hang in there, you know it’s going to pull together, and it did. We really want to thank the community for coming out and supporting us.”
One of the participants was WIFC Radio personality Paul Belky. He says the week before the competition was harder than the actual time on stage. “I didn’t sleep all week up until the event, I’ll tell you that much, but by the time the day came this past Saturday, the nerves got calm and it was more about the excitement and of course the great cause of raising money for the Humane Society of Marathon County.”
Belky was pleased to see the community step up and support the big event. “For a first year event, it was a huge success. A big thanks to everyone that came out, family friends, and the entire community.”
Linda Berna-Karger says the Humane Society needs successful fundraisers to help take care of the nearly 3 thousand animals they receive every year. “Fundraising is a huge, huge concern for us, so, we really are grateful and thankful that the community really came together to support us on this event.”The organizing committee met Tuesday to discuss the first ever event and what to consider next year to make it bigger and better.
The winner of the Mirror Ball prize was Keith DuPuis from Adrenaline Marketing in Wausau.