Wayside Homecoming

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Overland “Bark” Convention Center

Doors open 5:30 pm

Event Information

Fur Ball Event Co-Chairs

Dean and Wendy Guillies – Event Co-Chairs

Jason Dalen and Kathleen Boyle Dalen – Event Co-Chairs


Event Emcee:

Gary Lezak,
KSHB’s Emmy Award
Winning Meteorologist.


We encourage guests to dress in theme! This year’s theme is Wayside Homecoming! About 75% of Fur Ball guests dress in theme. Feel free to get creative with a full costume or go casual with your alma mater t-shirt or dress, or pull out the old letterman jacket! Accessorize with college pendants, pom-poms, band hat, or corsage.

Don’t be afraid to show your school spirit – remember this event is all about having fun! Formal attire is not encouraged. If you don’t want to dress in theme, that’s purr-fectly okay, you are welcome to come in slacks or a summer dress.

Get some inspiration from our Pinterest board!


5:30 – 7:30 pm
Social Hour & Silent Auction Bidding

7:30 pm

8:15 pm
Special Presentation & Live Auction

9:15 pm
Fur Ball After Paw-ty


Crimson Spirit Salad
Sliced Beets, Creamy Goat Cheese, Fresh Greens, Toasted Candied Pecans, Roasted Asparagus, Gremolata-Olive Tapenade and EVOO Vinaigrette with freshly ground Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Half-time Wayside Short-Rib
Zinfandel Short-Rib with a Black Truffle Parmesan Mash, Fresh Summer Veggie Ratatouille, and Asparagus

Show Stopping Vegan Plate (Vegan/Vegetarian Option)
Portobello Mushroom Cap stuffed with Diced Cremini Mushroom Stuffing, Sautéed Spinach and Three-Grain Salad, Roasted Asparagus with Julienne Red and Yellow Peppers

End Zone Lemon Pup Cake
Lemon Pound Cake, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries and White Chocolate Mousse

*If you have dietary restrictions, please notify Molly Moody at mmoody@waysidewaifs.org

Fur Ball Covid-19 Update:

We will be following safety protocols based on CDC and Johnson County guidance for Fur Ball, which is an in-person event. We have added many accommodations to increase safety and support social distancing and outdoor access throughout the event. Staff will not attend if they have tested positive for Covid-19, do not feel well, or have been exposed to anyone who has Covid or Covid-like symptoms within the past 14 days, and expect all event attendees to do the same.

Attendees are encouraged to wear masks at Fur Ball, unless actively eating or drinking. You acknowledge that you are aware of the risks involved with attending this event during the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledge that you are choosing to do so voluntarily. Furthermore, you agree to waive and release Wayside Waifs or the Overland Park Convention Center from liability for any claim, including any claim related to Covid-19.


Q: When is 2021 Fur Ball? And is it virtual or in-person? 
A: Fur Ball is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Overland “Bark” Convention Center. Fur Ball will be held in-person with virtual streaming options.
Q: How do I become a sponsor? 
A: View Fur Ball sponsorship levels and benefits here.
Q: Do you have an e-vite? 
A: Yes! View it here.
Q: I can’t attend, can I still make a donation?
A: Yes, of course! Please make your donation here. Thank you!
Q: Is the event open bar? 
A: Of course it is! Please drink responsibly.
Q: How do I donate an auction item?
A: We are looking for unique, high valued items to feature in our silent auction. For more information or to donate, please contact Molly Moody at mmoody@waysidewaifs.org, 816-986-4409 or visit our Auction page.
Q: Do you have directions to the venue? 
A: Yes, you can find directions here. Overland Park Convention Center is located at 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas 66211
Q: Do you need volunteers for the night of Fur Ball?
A: Yes, we will need volunteers! Please contact Amanda Smasal to discuss options at asmasal@waysidewaifs.org.
Q: How much of my ticket is tax-deductible?  
A: Fair market value is $90 per person.