SEAGROVE BEACH — Old Florida Fish House and Alaqua Animal Refuge have once again teamed up for the 5th annual Alaqua Wreath Auction to raise funds for the private, nonprofit animal sanctuary serving the Emerald Coast.

The auction will take place at Old Florida Fish House — a large, family-friendly seafood restaurant on 30A — at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Event proceeds will benefit the no-kill facility that was founded in 2007 by Laurie Hood, according to a news release from the organization.

Twenty local businesses will each create a wreath with the theme of their company. In years past, wreaths have included restaurant gift certificates, resort weekend stays and other festive items, the release said.

These wreaths will be on display throughout the evening and then auctioned off to the highest bidder by auctioneer Helen “Redd” Vizard.

Area businesses, artists and individuals who are interested in decorating a wreath for the annual event may contact Mary Chris Murry with Alaqua Animal Refuge at The Wreaths for Alaqua event is open to the public and all community members are welcome.

Alaqua Animal Refuge was established in 2007 as a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary located on a 10-acre farm in Freeport. The organization offers a full-service adoption center, educational outreach and community programs that extend throughout the Panhandle.

Alaqua is currently in the midst of a relocation and expansion capital campaign to build a one-of-a-kind facility on 100 donated acres. The new facility and sanctuary will allow Alaqua to continue all of the important work that is done now, as well as be an educational and training center to empower others to help animals and recreate the model worldwide, the release said.

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