Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bachelors, Pets Team Up to Raise Funds; the Annual 'Bark after Dark' Benefited the Clay County Humane Society

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bachelors, Pets Team Up to Raise Funds; the Annual 'Bark after Dark' Benefited the Clay County Humane Society

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Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN

All eyes were on Doug Deters as he walked across the grassy lawn behind the Winterbourne Inn at Club Continental. Wearing an elegant tux, the 33-year-old Green Cove Springs Junior High School physical education teacher looked quite handsome. A number of women in the audience oohed and ahhed as Deters headed toward the center of the lighted area, but it was unclear how many were admiring Deters' fabulous physique or his four-legged friend, Tyger, the adorable terrier mix at his side.

Deters was one of several eligible bachelors who volunteered a recent Saturday evening to promote the cause of abandoned animals at the fourth annual "Bark After Dark," a major fundraiser that benefits the Clay County Humane Society.

Once Deters and Tyger were front and center, Dixie Jones, a morning radio personality with Gator Country 99.9, WGNE (99.9 FM), opened the bidding at $100.

As she began describing the "package" of prizes attached to Deters, two tickets to the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert, signs at various tables went up quickly.

In a matter of seconds it was more than $400. Patti Lewis and her husband Jim, owners of Pampered Pets in Orange Park, were determined. The bid went to $500. A sign at the Lewis table went up. Jones called for any other bids -- once, twice -- sold.

The Lewises, who had been surfing the Web trying to find tickets, were thrilled, but even more so they were happy that the proceeds were going to one of their favorite nonprofit organizations.

"The tickets on the Web for this concert were outrageous," said Patti Lewis. "It is nice that the money we paid here not only helped us get tickets, it is also going to a worthy cause."

The evening event, which also featured a silent auction, live music, dancing, gourmet cuisine and a cash bar, brought in hundreds of dollars. Other prize packages included cruises, trips to St. Augustine and Orlando, spa retreats, tickets to Jaguar football games and romantic dinners. …

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