Agape Animal Ball Raises $80,000!

Agape Animal Ball was a magical night full of surprises, fun and generous giving. A committee of volunteers worked hard to transform Hutton Hotel into a contemporary version of the original Italian masquerade with carnival influences. If you missed the sold out fundraising event, don’t worry! We’ll walk you through it.

From the moment guests entered, they were greeted with mystery and fun. Mimes welcomed guests on the elevators and a seven-foot lady in a red Glitz Nashville gown welcomed them as they entered the animal-themed masquerade ball benefiting Agape Animal Rescue. The ballroom was decorated with carnival tent-like drapery in bright red and purple with black and striped linens. The aroma of fresh cotton candy and popcorn filled the air and lured guests into the Winston Dog Puppy Ballroom for a taste…and a visit with some of Agape’s adoptable dogs!

As Father Time, The Faceless Man and other circus performers circled the ballroom, well-dressed guests in animal masks sipped bottomless Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, played carnival games, had readings done by psychic Cat Jones of Goddess and the Moon, searched for clues for the popular scavenger hunt and explored the silent auction.

After a seated dinner and a special dessert made by child philanthropist and baker Adie of Adie’s Sweet Shop were served, auctioneer David Allen of Music City Auction got the competition started in the live auction where TWO families bid $10,000 each for VIP packages to next year’s ball. The authentic moonshine still donated by James Hatfield of The Real Hatfields and McCoys was also a huge hit, with country artist Jessie James Decker bidding against her own friends and finally winning the still and two gallons of moonshine maker’s favorite blends. Hatfield generously donated a second still to Decker’s opponent for the same donation amount.

Within seconds of the auction close, the energy-packed, fully-choreographed 12 South Bandhad a packed dance floor. Guests sang along to their favorite hit songs and danced until the very last song.

Agape Animal Ball raised $80,000 setting a record for most successful fundraising event in the animal rescue’s history.

Agape Animal Rescue would like to thank presenting sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Keri-Lyn Cleaver Foundation and John Wade of Wunderlich Wealth Management and all of the wonderful sponsors, auction donors, co-chairs Stephanie Willis and Kelly Ford, committee and guests for making such a life-saving event possible.

Next year’s Agape Animal Ball is scheduled for October 28, 2017 and is being held at The Factory at Franklin. General admission and VIP tickets are available at