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February 26, 2020 – Morris Animal Refuge, America’s First Animal Shelter, is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Fur Ball, The Great Catsby, will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6 – 11 pm at the Bellevue Philadelphia.

2019’s gala raised over $40,000 with proceeds going towards helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Greater Philadelphia region.

This year’s theme will be a soiree full of dancing and debauchery as guests are transported back in time to the Jazz Age. Attendees can look forward to gourmet foods and an open bar featuring signature cocktails such the Clover Club – a true Philadelphia original and named for a men’s club that was founded in 1896 and met at the historic Bellevue hotel. Entertainment will be courtesy of DJ Perry Angelozzi and partygoers will have the opportunity to meet some of the shelter’s most adorable kittens and pups at Puppy and Kitty Cuddling Stations.

Emceed by Steve Morrison of WMMR’s Preston and Steve, the event will recognize outstanding members of the Morris Animal Refuge community and provide guests the opportunity to raise money in fun and unique ways, such as Prosecco Pong, Prohibition Pull, a robust silent auction, and a live-auction style Fund The Mission, where sponsor ARM & HAMMER will match all pledges up to $10,000.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Greater Philadelphia region and will help support America’s first animal shelter with vital programs including the Lifesaver Fund, the Fostering Program, and the Adoption Program.

Tickets begin at $165 per person for general admission and includes 4 hour open bar, delicious fare, live music and dancing all night long. Those looking for an extra hour of fun can enjoy all this and more – with the $180 VIP ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets to The Fur Ball, please visit

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-Mya Sims