Sept. 26, 2011 (Dallas, Texas) – The SPCA of Texas Fur Ball 2011 brought out some of North
Texas’ heaviest hitters Saturday night, September 24 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The sold
out gala crowd showed up ready to lend their support to one of the state’s largest animal
welfare agency. The SPCA’s largest annual fundraiser had it all, high energy, exquisite cuisine,
funky 70’s music, casino action and a big time live auction conducted by veteran auctioneer,
Mike Jones, President of United Country Auction Services.
“The Live Auction and Cash for Critters campaign brought in well over $110,000 which exceeded
2010” according to event co-chair Tricia Linderman of Texas Capital Bank. “Our top selling
live auction items this year included a year’s supply of wine for $16,500, an Austin Spa Resort
package, $9,000, Get Out of the Doghouse package $6,500, Dallas Cowboys tickets with a photo
op on the field with Fox Sports Troy Aikman and Joe Buck $5,500 and a special dinner with wine
pairings at Pappas Steak House bringing in $4,500” according to co-chair Jessica Columbo, wife
of former Dallas Cowboy player Mark Columbo who continues to reside in the Dallas area.
“It was a fantastic night for SPCA of Texas and the funds raised are tremendously needed
to reach our goals and continue our mission” said, SPCA of Texas, President James Bias,
adding, “Our auctioneer Mike Jones and his “A” Team did a great job as always. We very much
appreciate Mike’s involvement and United Country’s”
The group is already busy reviewing this year’s event and planning for Fur Ball 2012.
About the SPCA of Texas
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas) is the leading
animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in
Dallas and McKinney, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs
and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives.
In 2010, the SPCA of Texas served the Metroplex community in many ways including Animals
Admitted: 8,280, Animals Adopted: 5,408, Animal Cruelty Investigations: 2,379, Animals
Rescued: 857, Clinic Visits: 26,011, Spay/Neuter Surgeries: 16,862, Employees: 119, Volunteers:
519, Programs and Services: Education Attendees: 13,229. The agency serves Dallas, Ellis,
Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Van Zandt and Rains counties. To learn more about SPCA of
Texas or to become a volunteer, go to: www.spca.org
About United Country Auction Services and Auctioneer Mike Jones
United Country Auction Services is a division of United Country Real Estate, the largest fully
integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States.
The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports
nearly 600 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique,
comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing
websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month),
multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer
database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes
per week. United Country has recently been recognized by AllBusiness.com, The Land Report,
Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies. To learn
more about United Country Auction Services go to www.ucauctionservices.com. To learn more
about Auctioneer Mike Jones and his “A” Team, go to www.classicauctioneers.com.