Sunday at the Cedar Hills Crossing mall, adults and children entered their version of a pet’s dream gingerbread house. People at the mall were able to vote with donations to name the “People’s Choice Award” and a panel of judges named the winners in the other categories.
The event was a fund-raiser for the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter. “The event brought in an estimated $800 for the shelter animals, and was a lot of fun for the community,” says Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services.
The People’s Choice Award is given to the entry with the most donations made in its honor. The winner was “Home Wrecker” – which arrived at the contest with caution tape. “The family dog, Percy, had decided to get a closer look at the gingerbread house, which ended up on the floor. Rather than miss the opportunity to support the shelter, the family re-named their entry and brought it in. There was a total of $313.27 of donations made for this gingerbread house – which will help us do a lot of good for a lot of animals,” says Wood.
The winner in the adult category was “Cats Move to Gingerbread Dream Home.” “It was obvious a tremendous amount of work went into this entry,” says Wood. “It was just beautiful – and had a sense of whimsy that was really charming.”
“The youth entries were especially fun for us. You could see how much care and effort the kids put into their entries. They were wonderful,” says Wood.
Youth winners were:
Children Under Age 10: “Puppy Cabin” (winner was 7 years old)
Youth/Teen Winners: “To Grandmother’s House We Go,” “Home Tweet Home,” “Home on the Range”