The Ninth Annual Bully Ball, a black tie optional event benefiting Georgia English Bulldog Rescue (GEBR) of the Southeast, will take place at Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road in Atlanta, on Saturday, February 17.

Spend an evening with Bullie fans and Bulldogs. Take a chance, and come join in for an evening of fun that features fine foods, special guests (four-legged, as well as two-legged), and Vegas-style casino fun! Enjoy blackjack, roulette, craps, and more while gambling for a good cause. The Bully Ball will have many fabulous raffles, live and silent auction items that have been donated by generous supporters of bulldog rescue.

Donations will be made to various English Bulldog rescues in the Southeast. Tickets are $175 per person. Ticket includes filet/lobster dinner, open bar, valet, and one raffle ticket. For more information, please contact Lauriel Leonard, Committee Chair at [email protected] or 404-409-5904.

GEBR is a 501(c)(3) corporation that rescues abused, abandoned, sick and unwanted English Bulldogs. They provide them with veterinary care, rehabilitation and training before placing them in permanent homes. Staffed solely by dedicated volunteers and one full-time employee, GEBR has no formal facilities or shelter, and relies on experienced, volunteer foster homes to tend the dogs in their care.

Since its inception, GEBR has rescued over 500 English Bulldogs. 75 dogs were rescued or surrendered in 2017 alone, with 43 currently in foster homes. With the support of donors, sponsors and volunteers, GEBR can educate the public about responsible English Bulldog ownership, while helping rehabilitate and rehome these dogs into loving homes. Over the last seven years, the Bully Ball has raised more than $900,000 to help neglected English Bulldogs in the Southeast. With five colleges in the Southeast using bulldogs as mascots, many people purchase a bulldog before researching the special needs of the breed. For more information, you can visit www.GeorgiaEnglishBulldogRescue.org.

This article originally appeared in the February issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 39. Click here to view the digital edition.