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Wags ‘ n’ Whiskers Dance Party

Last weekend I attended the first Wags ‘n’ Whiskers Dance Party, an event benefiting A Voice for Paws, an organization that helps animals in Gloucester County.


The party was held at beautiful Masso’s Crystal Manor in Glassboro, New Jersey. The buffet included a variety of salads, hot roast beef, meatballs, and baked ziti. Dessert consisted of pies, carrot cake, pound cake, and a delicious chocolate confection so good I needed to eat two. I have been to weddings and proms held at Masso’s, and this event was as well put together as any other function I have attended there.


Entertainment was provided by the local group Goodfellas. The guests enjoyed an energetic live set of classic hits, as well as traditional dance tracks designed to get people moving. It was a great way to work off all the food.

After dinner and dancing, it was time to draw tickets for door prizes. I had no luck, but my number came close a few times.

There was a 50/50 drawing, but I didn’t buy tickets for that. I seem to win items but never cash. The value of the prize was over $300.00. The lucky winner was seated at our table, and she generously donated her winnings back to the organization.

Following the 50/50, winners were picked for the gift baskets. As there were over 70 baskets to win, there was something to interest everyone. Who can resist a Chinese auction, with the proceeds going to help animals?


I was bummed I didn’t win the Kindle e-reader or the scratching post. I could have used both! My mom walked away with two prizes I coveted—a Philadelphia Flyers hockey puck signed by Matt Read nestled between two beer bottles, and a stuffed calico cat from Build-a-Bear. She was thrilled with her treasures.

Did I win anything? I was indeed a winner, and you could say my husband was, as well. I won basket #50 described only on the basket auction list as “X Rated.” It was a curious red bag, with its handle secured by a ribbon printed with paw prints. The contents were far from the gag gifts I expected. Just think 50 Shades of Grey and then some. There were also items for solo pursuits. Ok, moving on.

x rated basket

There were several happy faces in attendance that night, and even those who didn’t leave with prizes were winners. The money they spent would directly benefit Gloucester County animals, making the critters the biggest winners of the night.

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