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Help cough up some cold cash for animals

Animals like Sunny the dog will benefit from the Marshmallow Foundation's Hairball event March 10. Submitted Photo

Animal lovers from around the region are getting ready to cough up some Hairball funds, as the Marshmallow Foundation prepares for its second annual Hairball.

The big spring fundraiser is being held at Zorbaz at the Lake in Detroit Lakes on March 10 beginning at 4 p.m. as a way to raise money for the non-profit animal rescue and shelter. The organization is a 7-city impound facility that covers

Detroit Lakes, Callaway, Frazee, Lake Park, Audubon, Waubun and Mahnomen.

The organization, which is run out of Lucky Dog just outside of Detroit Lakes, started in 2007 and has the capability of holding 77 cats and 34 dogs, although they currently have 53 cats and 31 dogs.

Three full-time and two part-time staff work seven days a week to take care of the stray animals that are picked up from around the seven cities, as well as the occasional surrender.

"There are things that happen, like if somebody passes away, sometimes their family will surrender the pet to us," said Sherrie Obright, executive director of the Marshmallow Foundation.

Obright says the shelter relies on donations and fundraisers like the Hairball to operate, and with dozens of hungry animals, that cost adds up fast.

The shelter uses 315 pounds of dry dog food and around 30 cans of dog food per week and roughly 175 pounds of dry cat food and an average of 21 cans of cat food per week.

The Hairball, which has been dubbed "The anti-dress up event," is a casual event with an inexpensive ticket price of $25 per ticket, which can be purchased in advance at Lucky Dog or at the door that evening.

"That'll get you into the event, an appetizer, pizza buffet and one drink," explained Obright, who says last year they sold 105 tickets and raised around $5,000 for the Marshmallow Foundation.

There will be live bands performing, including Detroit Lakes' own Tim Eggebraaten. A silent and live auction will also be held, with big ticket items so far including a television, a casino package giveaway, several gift baskets, meat raffles and at the end of the night one lucky winner will also walk away with a $500 cash prize drawing.

Earlier in the day, the first ever Bob Wiedewitsch Memorial Dart Tournament will not only be held to honor the Detroit Lakes native and business man who passed last March, but also to help raise more awareness for the Marshmallow Foundation. Registration for that begins at 1:30 p.m., with the tournament starting at 2.

For more information on the Hairball or the dart tournament, log on to or call 847-9040.