Guests of the Fur Ball can enjoy live music, a buffet dinner, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and more.

Guests of the Fur Ball can enjoy live music, a buffet dinner, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and more.

Photo provided by Lindsay Warren, of Lindsay Warren Consulting


Fourth Fur Ball to benefit four-legged pals

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published April 10, 2019

FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — When you’ve conquered the competitive world of professional bowling, you need to find a new mountain to scale.

For Aleta Sill and Michelle Mullen, pro bowling champions and co-owners of Country Lanes bowling alley in Farmington Hills, the new challenge they chose to take on is making metro Detroit a little more friendly for animals.

To date, Sill and Mullen have raised nearly $600,000 for animals with their nonprofit Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation, housed right in their bowling alley.

They’ll continue that mission at the end of this month when they partner with the BLS Financial Partners group from UBS Financial Services to present the fourth annual Fur Ball.

The evening of dinner and live entertainment will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Suburban Collection Showplace Hyatt Place.

“As president of the Michigan Animal (Welfare) Foundation, it’s important that we remain a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,” said Mullen. “There are so many animals in southeast Michigan who need food, shelter and care, and we humans need to get it.”

Guests at the glamorous event can enjoy a cocktail reception with a cash bar, a dinner buffet, dancing, and live and silent auctions. The Rick Lieder Band will keep everyone on the dance floor with a live performance.

Dr. Cheryl Good, a veterinarian and the owner of Dearborn Family Pet Care, will receive this year’s Fur Ball Animal Welfare Warrior award, presented by the Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen the 2019 Animal Welfare Warrior award recipient,” said Good in an email. “I have dedicated my entire career to not only taking care of my patients, but to donating my time and resources to helping as many homeless dogs and cats as possible.”

Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will go to support three local animal-centered nonprofit groups: the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, in Troy; the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, in Dearborn; and Cat Tail Acres, in Shelby Township.

Tickets for the fourth annual Fur Ball cost $100 each, or $1,500 for table sponsorships. Guests are asked to attend in cocktail attire and, unfortunately, leave their fur kids at home.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Mullen’s website at yourbowlingcoach.com.

The Suburban Collection Showplace Hyatt Place is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.