Special Events

The VHS holds several special events throughout the year to raise funds for our lifesaving programs and to maintain a presence in the community.

  • Annual Auction & Benefit Dinner

    Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs! Benefit Dinner & Auction

    The annual auction is the VHS’ largest fundraiser. It is always held on the last Saturday in April every year. This splendid evening features a preview cocktail party, a plated dinner, and both silent and live auctions with hundreds of items ranging from $25 up to $5,000+!

    Save the Date for Our 23rd Annual Auction

    “UnLEASH Your Inner Hero”
    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Holiday Inn Evansville Airport

    Seats begin at $75

    Tickets go on sale in February 2018!

  • West Side Nut Club Fall Festival

    The fun on Franklin Street is one of VHS’ largest fundraisers. Be sure to stop by booth #75 near the west end of the festival. Our tried & true vegetarian menu is one of the most popular on the street, including:

    • Hand-battered Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Fried Green Beans
    • Fried Macaroni & Cheese
    • Hand-squeezed Lemon Shake-Ups
    • Hand-squeezed LemOrange Shake-Ups
    • *Caramel Apple Slices (*Deaconess Wise Choice)


    First full week in October 2018
    Booth hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Booth #75 at Franklin & St. Joe across from Pet Food Center

    We are always in need of dependable, able-bodied volunteers age 16 or older in our Fall Festival booth. Signups will begin in late August 2018.

    Proceeds from the Fall Festival booth benefit the mission of the Vanderburgh Humane Society!

  • Pet Pictures with Santa

    Don’t miss a Tri-State Christmas tradition! The VHS is host to the longest-running Pet Pictures with Santa event in the Tri-State, celebrating 33 years in 2018. Mr. Claus himself makes the trip to Washington Square Mall from the North Pole during the first full weekend in November each year. This allows families to get their photos back in plenty of time for family Christmas cards!

    Save the Date for 2018
    • Friday, November 2 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, November 4 from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm


    At Washington Square Mall!

    Photos are $25 and include two poses with digital images for your use. Costumes and accessories are encouraged, and rental accessories for pets are provided free of charge! Children, adults, and all species of pets are welcome in photos! (Really -- all pets! We have recently had potbellied pigs, miniature horses, rats, rabbits, a hedgehog, guinea pigs, a Sphinx cat, and more come to visit Santa!)

    Proceeds benefit the mission of the Vanderburgh Humane Society!

  • Restaurant Give-Backs

    Upcoming Give-Backs:

    None scheduled at this time

    Ongoing:

    Beans & Baristas – Eastland Mall
    800 Green River Road
    Evansville, IN 47715
    $4 from each bag of VHS Bow Wow Brew or Cat Nap decaf sold

    Sportsman’s
    “Paws on the Patio”
    2315 West Franklin Street
    Evansville, IN 47712

    Proceeds from all doggie treats sold on Sundays benefit VHS (dog-friendly outdoor patio)

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Businesses or individuals have the opportunity to sponsor any of our events at various levels. For the current year’s sponsorship opportunities, please email our Development Coordinator or call (812) 426-2563 extension 218.