DECK THE HALL  A scene from last years Raise the Woof fundraiser. ICAN volunteers do a fantastic job each year transforming the Invermere Community Hall into a classy banquet room for charity-comedy event.File photo by Nicole Trigg

DECK THE HALL A scene from last years Raise the Woof fundraiser. ICAN volunteers do a fantastic job each year transforming the Invermere Community Hall into a classy banquet room for charity-comedy event.File photo by Nicole Trigg

By James Rose

Special to The Pioneer

The very popular Raise the Woof fundraiser event hosted by the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) is making its return Friday, November 20th at the Invermere Community Hall. For the past three years, the show has sold out and is already fast approaching a similar result.

Raise the Woof is a stand-up comedy event that works with animal shelters and rescue groups across Canada and the United States to help raise much-needed funding. Last year, ICAN raised close to $13,000 net of expenses through the event.

For this year, we hope to break the $15,000 threshold, said ICAN president, Melanie Remple.

The money raised will go towards the eventual construction of a new rescue and adoption facility, the location of which has yet to be determined.

As for the evening itself, Anne Riches will be returning to cater a delicious buffet, both a live and silent auction will occur, and ICANs signature game, Scoop the Poop, will be featured.

It is the comedy, however, that makes this evening hard to forget. Comedians Alex Fortin, Travis Nelson and headliner Cash Levy will be performing their distinct brand of comedy that will be sure to stir up a few giggles!

ICAN is a registered non-profit animal rescue with charitable status, serving Invermere and surrounding districts in the Columbia Valley.

All of the organizations workers are volunteers who attend to the needs of the companion animals in their care.

For the night of the Raise the Woof, we have as many as 20 volunteers working, said Mrs. Remple.

Tickets for the laugh-packed evening are $50 and attendees must be 19 and older. Doors open for the evening at 6 p.m., with the dinner starting at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit ICANs website at www.icanbc.com.