2018 GRRAND Affair


GRRAND Affair 2018 Casino Night

You are invited to the 2018 GRRAND Affair Casino Night! Join GRRAND in celebrating 22 years of golden rescue at the casino themed GRRAND Affair on Friday, November 9th.   To keep the event exciting and fun, all guests will be invited to play casino themed games throughout the evening!  The entertaining host of WHAS-11 Good Morning Kentuckiana, Rachel Platt, and Louisville sports personality, Gary Fogle, will host the evening.

The event will be held in the spacious Van Gough Room at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center in Louisville, KY.    Check-in and reception will begin at 6:30 PM, heavy h’orderves to be served at 7:00 PM, and the Live Program to begin at 8:00 PM.  Tickets to the event will include wine from Old 502 Winery, beer from Against the Grain Brewery, heavy h’orderves from Naiman’s Catering, and an array of deserts from the Louisville Chocolate Fountain and KK Cookies.                                                         

As the event funds the majority of GRRAND’s annual operating expenses, the fundraising goal is $150,000 this year given the additional expenses incurred with kennel ownership.  The average cost to rescue and rehabilitate one golden within our program with discounted vet rates is $1,000, which significantly exceeds our highest adoption fee.  Thus, GRRAND relies heavily on generous sponsors of the GRRAND Affair and attendees as they bid on silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and provide monetary donations, all of which go to fund the mission.

Navigate quickly to these GRRAND Affair options:

Casino Sponsorship Donations
Event Sponsorship Donations
Auction Donation
Event Tickets
Raffle Tickets
Submit Pictures of Your GRRAND Dog



We invite you to check out benefits of sponsoring the 2018 GRRAND Affair.  Each level of sponsorship includes, but is not limited to, logo/name recognition in the GRRAND Affair printed materials, social media recognition, online bidding website and mobile bidding displays as well as emails to our 3,500 GRRAND supporters.  Of course, the main benefit is represented by the many Golden Retrievers saved as a result of your generosity!

Become a Casino Table Sponsor:
For the first time, you or your business has the opportunity to sponsor a Casino Table at the GRRAND Affair.  Review the sponsorship benefits below.  The Casino Night will replace the live auction at the event and it is essential that GRRAND supporters sponsor each of the casino tables.  Visit BidPal to purchase your sponsorship, go to GRRAND’s PayPal page, or print and mail the GRRAND Affair Casino Table Sponsorship form.

Casino Sponsorships*Casino Tables are for entertainment purposes only and are free and open to the public.

Become a GRRAND Affair Event Sponsor:
The GRRAND Affair sponsorship drive is in full swing! Proceeds from the GRRAND Affair are responsible for the majority of GRRAND’s annual operating budget.  In order to achieve our goal to raise $150,000, we rely on our loyal members, friends, and supporters.

Event Sponsorship begins at $250 and increases to a $10,000 GRRAND Affair Presenting Sponsor.  All sponsorship levels include complimentary tickets to the event.

*Please note, given increases in printing costs we will no longer print all sponsor names within the GRRAND Affair invitations but we will continue to print our loyal donor names within the event program.

Review the benefits of all sponsorship levels below and select the GRRAND Affair Sponsorship donation that works for you!  Visit BidPal to purchase your sponsorship, visit GRRAND’s PayPal page or print and mail the GRRAND Affair Event Sponsorship form.

Event SponsorshipsKY 6% sales tax will be included in the sponsorship donation.  For questions regarding Casino Table or GRRAND Affair event sponsorships, please contact Rachel Swope at rlswope2@gmail.com.


Many thanks to our generous 2018 sponsors!



Single Ticket Purchases:
Purchase a single event ticket to the GRRAND Affair for $50 + 6% sales tax and enjoy a fun evening of entertainment, food, beverages, and fundraising!  Ticket includes admission to the event, open bar, heavy h’orderves and desserts, as well as access for playing casino games.  Visit BidPal  or to GRRAND’s PayPal Ticketing purchase your tickets!  You may also print and mail the Event Ticket Request form.


Silent Auction Donations:  This year we are looking for quality silent auction items that appeal to our guests and hopefully generate friendly bidding wars between GRRAND supporters. Donations from loyal supporters are vital in order to ensure the event’s success.  Have a look at some of the items below that have historically received the highest bids.

Vacation Home Rentals Golf Packages
Private Tours Experience at Local Attractions
Sporting Event Tickets Unique Food/Beverage Experience
Designer Items Theater or Concert Tickets
Weekend Hotel Stays Electronics
Handmade Items (Quilts, etc.) UK or UL Memorabilia
Premium Beverages Spa Packages
Golden Retriever Themed Items High-end Kitchen Gadgets/Accessories


If you are unable to shop for a donation but wish to support the GRRAND Affair, consider a monetary donation for the event.  Use the GRRAND Affair Donation form if you wish to print and mail the donation.  We will use your donation to purchase items that will compliment our inventory of silent auction contributions.

Bourbon & Wine Donations:  We are also bringing back the Bourbon & Wine Pull.  The activity involves patrons donating $30 dollars, pulling at random a numbered cork, and walking away with the assigned bottle which could be a highly sought after bottle bourbon or wine!  We need your donations of bourbon and wine for this event in order to meet our goal of at least 60 bottles!

Gift Card Donations:  Finally, we are seeking donations of gift cards for the Gift Card Raffle that was started by the Golden Walker Volunteers last year.  We are looking for gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, etc., within the area at a value of at least $25.  We will combine the gift cards to make a large Gift Card basket and raffle it at the event.

If you wish to donate, have a look at GRRAND’s delivery options for getting your item(s) to one of our representatives or contact Debra at debra.weissrock@att.net.


Purchase GRRAND Affair Raffle Tickets – 2 Raffle Options

$2,500 CASH Raffle:  
For a $25 donation, you will be entered in the CASH raffle to win $2,500.  Purchase your tickets through BidPal or print and mail the $2500 Raffle Ticket Request form.

iPhone X Raffle:  For a $10 donation, you will be entered in the coveted iPhone X raffle.  Purchase your tickets through BidPal or print and mail the iPhone Raffle Ticket Request form.

Winners to be announced at the GRRAND Affair event.
Winners do not need to be present to win.
KY Gaming Exemption No. EXE0000250



Picture Your Adopted Loved One in the Rescue Slide Show

During the Live Event, a slide show of GRRAND rescued pups will be displayed for the audience.  If interested in having your rescued dog included in the video, please email high resolution photos to Julie Thurman at jthurman2525@gmail.com.


 KY Sales Tax For Non-Profit Event Changes

As of July 1, 2018, all Kentucky 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations are required to collect sales tax on admission tickets to events under Kentucky House Bill 487.  The bill also dictates that 6% sales tax be added to the price guests pay for silent auction items.  The tax will apply to the full price paid, even if the value of the item is lower than what is paid at the auction. If you have any questions about the new requirements, we invite you to visit taxanswers.ky.gov.