Join fellow animal lovers for a unique experience of stepping back in time to 1888

Vintage clothing, cocktails, parlor games, dancing and music will be paired with fabulous food and an amazing live auction!  All funds raised will support the more than 8,000 pets in transition served by The Humane Society each year.  The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County was founded in 1888, and we are celebrating the 130th year of serving our community.

VIP Experience
  • Admission to pre-party cocktail hour
  • Express Registration
  • Fast pass to activities including
    • Cuddle Corners - Interact with some of our rescued fur babies
    • Psychic Area - Readings of your palm or taro
    • Parlor Game - Faro card game demo and play
    • Mud Bay Photo Booth - Complimentary vintage themed photos
  • Dedicated VIP area bartender
    • Open bar all evening with featured vintage cocktails
Sponsored Activities

Photo Booth

Step back in time with our Mud Bay Photo Booth! We’ll have tons of Victorian props on hand to properly set the mood. All photos will be available for download following the event free of charge!

Kitten Cuddle Corner

We have kittens! Cradle a wee little bundle of love and hear our Society kittens purr up a storm. Staff will be on hand at The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Kitten Cuddle Corner excited to share about our record-breaking Kitten Shower and brand new Cat Foster Care area.


Puppy Cuddle Corner

How many galas have you attended where you can literally cuddle puppies?! Well the Society Soiree has it all, including a chance to snuggle with oh so sweet Society pooches! Staff will also be at the Positive Approach Puppy Cuddle Corner to share dog programing updates.


Presents the Band

Following the evening’s program, the dance floor will come alive with peppy Victorian tunes. Grab your best guy or gal and dance in the name of pets!


Coat Check

Want to dance the night away unencumbered? Davies Pearson, P.C. has got you covered with a coat check! The service is free of charge for all guests thanks to the local law firm.


Event Venue and Schedule

Thursday, April 26 at The Temple Theater
47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

5:30 pm VIP Vintage Cocktail Party

6:30 Step Back In Time Guest Arrival

Dinner Menu

Saffron Risotto - A medley of sautéed vegetables including yellow squash, fresh asparagus, eggplant, and zucchini set atop a flavorful and perfectly creamy risotto all while remaining vegan and gluten free.

Cedar Plank Salmon - Baked on a real cedar plank for a special northwest flavor, finished with sun-dried tomatoes, white truffle oil, and place on a bed of wild mushroom risotto with roasted asparagus.

Braised Beef Short RibsTantalizingly tender, slow braised short ribs in a rich demi-glace, topped with roasted garlic, and paired with oven roasted asparagus and rosemary baby reds.

Costume Ideas

Check out our 1888 Costume Guide!

Washington Retail Locations

Online Sources

Thank you Port Townsend Victorian Festival for all your help with our themed gala event!

Live Auction

Emceed Live Auction

Emceed by KIRO 7’s illustrious Tracy Taylor, we have some amazing items! Here is a sneak peek:


#1 El Gaucho Chef’s Wine Dinner for Four

El Gaucho is the Northwest’s Steakhouse Legacy. Reimagine an era of impeccable service and exceptional quality when dining was an occasion and a memory to be made. The El Gaucho experience blends impeccable service and exceptional quality. Their team of talented chefs and dedicated staff provide old school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. Each ritual, from the greeting at the front door to the fire-dancing deserts, is part of their nod to the past and vision for how fine dining should remain.

The Chef’s Wine Dinner for Four at Tacoma’s El Gaucho will include a special chef’s menu of Gaucho signature items to be paired with our Sommelier’s selection of wines.

Relax and enjoy your evening knowing your transportation is taken care of by Lifestyle Valet. Lifestyle will pick you and your guests up, deliver you to El Gaucho, and be there at the end of the evening to take you safely home. Bon Appetite!

 Value: $1,220        

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#2 Hoppin Art Piece: Marguerite

Marguerite, the seductive otter, is a one of a kind sculpture made specifically for The Society Soirée by renowned local artist, Christopher Hoppin.

Marguerite is wearing a vintage silver gown and antique Chinese fascinator. Her fur is treated with luscious glass beads to add a touch of sparkle. Marguerite likes long naps in the sun and relaxing on fireplace mantles.

Christopher Hoppin is a sculptor, teacher, philanthropist, husband, and father of three adorable pups. He works out of his studio in North Tacoma. His work is in multiple museum collections and a White House Collection.

Christopher’s work captures his whimsy, love of color, and “don’t take yourself so seriously” attitude. As an artist and teacher, Christopher develops his witty visual commentary with the help of his brilliant wife, imaginative students, and the stunning environment of the Puget Sound.

Value: $2,000

Thank you Christopher Hoppin!


#3 Bracelet and Earrings

This item is a sterling silver and gold-filled wire bracelet hand-crafted by award-winning Massachusetts metalsmith Deborah Richardson. The bracelet is fabricated with three separate wire components: one bright polished sterling silver, one hammered sterling silver, and one gold-filled metal. The bracelet is embellished with one round cabochon cut drusy onyx measuring approximately 30 millimeters in diameter.  The onyx is set in a hand fabricated sterling silver bezel.  Finished weight 34 grams.

Included are matching sterling, gold-filled earrings.

Value: $1,910

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#4 Holland America Cruise

When you step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line you will experience a voyage unlike any other! The successful bidder and a guest will enjoy up to a seven-day cruise in a minimum unobstructed ocean view stateroom aboard a Holland America ship to Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, or Canada/New England. Holland America is the world’s highest-rated premium cruise line, featuring elegant staterooms, gourmet cuisine, spa treatments, and glittering nightlife. Your journey will include extraordinary surroundings and new discoveries.

Choice of sailing dates will be accommodated on a space available basis and will be confirmed at the time of the request. Certificate has no expirations.  At least one of the two guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Set sail knowing your dog is well cared for and enjoying him/herself at Positive Approach. Your dog will enjoy one week of daycare boarding. Relax knowing you can login to check on your pup and watch them play with their new four-legged friends. Positive Approach will also provide you with a complimentary temperament test.

Bon Voyage!

Value: up to $4,698 depending on cruise selected

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Fund an Item – Veterinary Treatment Fund

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County welcomed 11,578 pets last year, reuniting 1,742 families, finding homes for 7,145 pets, and fostering 1,744 pets with volunteers. Because of the tremendous support of our community, the Society’s live release rate hit an all-time high of 92.65%!

As the Society’s spay/neuter, community outreach, and adoption programs have yielded tremendous success, the pets now arriving at the Society are often those in need of significant veterinary care prior to adoption.

Your gift tonight will help save pets who in years past would have faced euthanasia. You are giving them hope and a new life. While viewing tonight’s presentation, watch for the incredible transformations of two dogs: Esperanza (Hope) and Phoenix!

Large Vehicle Wrap

Want to see your best friend helping other pets in need in our community? Our largest vehicle “Rover” needs a fresh wrap, and tonight is your opportunity to have the pick of the litter of the spots available! The first one to make a $2,500 gift gets first choice of placement on the new wrap, the second gets second choice, and so on until Rover is covered all over.

We have a limited number of spaces on this large vehicle! The wrap will last for several years, and you can be proud of the work you and your pet are doing in the community!

Other Fund-a-Need bidding levels are: $500, $250, & $100*

*Thanks to the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee there is a special challenge grant at the $100 level. If we receive 50 gifts at the $100 level, the Society will receive a bonus $2,500 gift!


#5 Pet Party Palooza!

Humane Society Soiree Committee and Board Members

Amy Bettesworth


Clare Wagstaff

will plan and provide a party for you and five of your furry friends and their human companions!

Amy and Clare will provide the following:

  • Decorations
  • Photography
  • Beverages
  • Party favors
  • Species appropriate cakes and treats!

Thank you Amy and Clare!


#6 Performing Arts Package

Description coming soon!


#7 Victorian Getaway

Want to extend the Victorian experience of The Society Soirée?

Start your Victorian Getaway in Port Townsend, WA where you and a guest will enjoy a one-night stay at the beautiful Old Consulate Inn. With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend has activities for every taste.

Next venture up to Victoria, B.C. and enjoy 2 nights accommodations in the country bed and breakfast, Wits End Retreat, where you will enjoy a full two-course breakfast each morning and access to nearby Witty Beach.

While staying in Victoria you and your guest will experience a traditional afternoon Tea for Two at the Pendray Inn and Tea House and a leisurely stroll through the beautiful floral displays of the Butchart Gardens.

Enjoy your getaway knowing your dog is well cared for and enjoying him/herself at Positive Approach. Your dog will enjoy one week of daycare boarding. Relax knowing you can login to check on your pup and watch them play with their new four-legged friends. Positive Approach will also provide you with a complimentary temperament test.

Estimated Value: $1,000

Thank you: