Please join us! You’ll meet other animal-lovers like you; enjoy music, cocktails, food and entertainment; and celebrate all you’ve helped HSHV do and continue to do for animals in our community.


Friday, November 9, 2018
6:30~10 p.m.

6:00 – Private Reception with John U. Bacon (MVP Ticketholders only)

6:30 – Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

8:00 – Vegetarian Feast & Roast of John U. Bacon

All but $30 of the ticket price is tax-deductible and goes to help care for the injured, abused and homeless animals in our community!

Michigan League Ballroom
911 N. University Ave.

 Get Directions to the Michigan League Ballroom Here

Parking available for $5 at 121 Fletcher Street parking structure

The Feast

Vegetarian Option

First Course

Kale Salad – With dried cherries, pine nuts, lemon, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese

Second Course

Sauteed Polenta Cake – With stilton cheese, roasted tomatoes, artichokes and red pepper coulis

Third Course

Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit – New York-style cheesecake topped with seasonal fruit

Vegan Option

First Course

Kale Salad – With dried cherries, pine nuts, lemon, extra virgin olive oil

Second Course

Spanish Style Vegan Paella – Roasted autumn squash medley with white beans, cipolinis & sage

Third Course

Assorted vegan dessert bars

The Roast

John U. Bacon is the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books on sports, business, health, and history. He free-lances for The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, and others, appears often on TV, and delivers weekly essays for Michigan Radio and occasionally NPR, awarding him the PRNDI prize for nation’s best commentary in 2014. He is a popular public speaker, who teaches at the University of Michigan, where the students awarded him the Golden Apple in 2009. John is also a decent Spanish speaker, an average hockey player, and a poor piano player, but he still enjoys all three! He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

The Hosts

Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub from Sports Talk – WTKA – The Ticket and The Michigan Insider

The Roasters

John U. Bacon

As soon as WTKA sports anchors Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub heard about the roast of their friend, John U. Bacon, they volunteered to emcee the event. They will host a cast of characters from Bacon’s life, including: lifelong friends, who will present Bacon’s “List of Virtues”; former hockey captains and parents from the Ann Arbor Huron hockey team, who don’t have to take it any more; a longtime writing friend and mentor, who has seen the sausage get made; and even some of Bacon’s heroes — all adding up to a one-time-only night of warmth and humor. You don’t want to miss it!

Thank You to Our Sponsors


PrimeStaff International
Russell Video


Martin Family Foundation
Thomson Reuters


Bank of Ann Arbor
Dempsey Incorporated
Dominos Pizza
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
Gorgeous Gal
Jiffy Mix

Kate Murphy & Katy Downs

Laurie Buys, Realtor and Staging Professional

Melonie & Mike Colaianne

Taco Bell

Tanya Hilgendorf

Westarbor Animal Hospital


Arbor Dog Daycare & Boarding
Destination Ann Arbor

Erin McCann

The Galt Company
Harmony Dog Training

Technology Brokerage Services

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor for this fundraiser!  Your sponsorship supports the animals in our community and provides visibility for your business to loyal animal-lovers. To find out more and become a sponsor, download a printable Sponsorship Packet.

Thank You to the Planning Committee

Christie Bacon

Ken Fischer

Robin Kunkel