The Barking Twenties

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Overland “Bark” Convention Center

Doors open 5:30 pm

Event Information

Fur Ball Event Co-Honorary Chairs

Joe and Carol Suhor – Co-Honorary Chairs

Terry Christenberry and Hon. Ann Mesle – Co-Honorary Chairs


Event Emcee:

Gary Lezak,
KSHB’s Emmy Award
Winning Meteorologist.


We encourage guests to dress in theme! This year’s theme is The Barking Twenties! About 75% of Fur Ball guests dress in theme. Feel free to get creative with a full costume or go casual with polo shirt or dress, or pull out your pearls, swanky suit or dancing dress! Accessorize with a dashing fedora, feather boa, or sparkly jewerly.

Don’t be afraid to bring out the razzle dazzle – 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



Spring Mix, Deviled Eggs, Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked Bacon, New Potatoes served with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette


Slow Braised Short Rib, White Cheddar Truffle Risotto, Roasted Stuffed Tomato with Green Beans and Grilled Onions

Vegetarian/Vegan Meal

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables and Tri Colored Fingerling Potatoes


Classic Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream

*If you have dietary restrictions, please notify Amanda Smasal at

A Special Thank You!

Thank you to our Fur Ball event PAW-tners!

It takes a tremendous team to throw this paw-ty and our Fur Ball Vendors make us look good – while keeping expenses to only 11% – that means money raised goes to helping homeless animals. Thank you to these Vendors who provide discounted services and/or pro bono services to make Fur Ball look and run fabulous – while coming in under budget: 

Digital Design

George Nigro

Guy Guinta

Jack Pullan

JNA Advertising

Landers’ Visions, LLC

Overland Park Convention Center

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.

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 2022 Fur Ball? And is it virtual or in-person? 
A: Fur Ball is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022 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. Fur Ball is sold out for 2022. Mark your calendar for the 2023 date – May 13!
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 Amanda Smasal at, 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 Morgan Edmiston to discuss options at
Q: How much of my ticket is tax-deductible?  
A: Fair market value is $90 per person.