The Union County Humane Society will host its sixth annual gala event and online auction next month.

The Union County Humane Society will host its sixth annual gala event and online auction next month.

The evening will include a cocktail and social hour, a silent auction, raffle prizes, appreciation awards, fine dining and drinks, along with dancing and music performed by the Columbus-based band 3-Wheel Drive, according to information provided by UCHS executive director Steffen Baldwin.

The annual gala is the private, non-profit organization's largest fundraiser of the year.

The UCHS annual gala and online auction takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Karen's Event Center, 16701 Square Drive, Marysville.

An online auction will be running from Feb. 13-26 on the society's Web site, Tickets for the event are $50 each, and include two drink tickets.

Every year the UCHS serves more than 1,300 lost, stray or abandoned domestic animals from Union County.

The society successfully places 85 to 90 percent of those animals through public outreach, foster families, rescue groups, and other volunteers.

For more information on the annual gala, contact Baldwin at

The 9/12 groups of Union County and Galloway will be sponsoring a Meet the Candidate night next month.

The evening will feature Republican primary candidates who are running for the Ohio 15th U.S. Congressional District seat. During the meeting, voters will be able to meet candidates Steve Stivers, David Ryon and John Adams, according to Union County 9/12 Group member Paula Litton.

The meet the candidate night will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Dublin Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, Dublin.

A national political movement founded earlier this year by radio talk show host Glenn Beck, the 9/12 Project is one of the largest promoters of the Tea Party protests that were held across the country last year. The Union County chapter now has more than 100 members. According to its mission statement, the 9/12 Project aims to bring American sentiment back to where it was on Sept. 12, 2001.

More information on the Union County 9/12 Project can be found on the Web at we-surround-them-ULC.