Allie Colleen

Allie Colleen

The Logan County Humane Society will be hosting its annual chili cook-off fundraiser Friday, Nov. 2 at Southern Heights Baptist Church in Russellville.

"If you ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of Logan County's homeless animals while enjoying some good food, this is the time," said Amanda Castile, director of the Logan County Humane Society.

All proceeds from the event will go to purchase much needed medical supplies and pay for veterinarian charges for the homeless animals in Logan County. Over 150 animals are coming through the shelter per month according to Castile and without community support lives will be lost.

"This is our biggest fundraising event for the year," said Castile. "The Humane Society has been hosting this event for years and years. We could not save the number of animals we do without the generosity of the community. Our medical needs are paid for solely from donations and we look to those caring individuals to do as much as we can to help those who cannot help themselves."

A lot of work goes into running an animal shelter. It's a 365 day a year job including holidays to care for the hundreds of animals that enter into the shelter in a years time. From feeding and watering to cleaning up after them, it's most of the time a struggle just to meet the needs.

This year's event will see a live auction with over 100 items you can bid on. Bobby Blackford will be presiding over the auction.

One of the most exciting draws is the live entertainment for the evening featuring Allie Colleen. Allie is an up and coming star. She lives in Nashville with her husband Jonathan and broke into the industry when she was 16-years-old.

Her music, which she writes, is a combination of country-folk, an acoustic and storytelling type genre that sometimes seems more country than what you will hear nowadays on the mainstream radio. Allie is a recent graduate of Belmont University with a degree in songwriting.

"It's just me and my guitar," said Allie admitting it's the intimacy between herself and those she plays for that keeps her doing what she does. "It is very personal for me. If I can touch just one person with my music than it is worth it to me."

Allie's mother operates a rehabilitation clinic for animals and Allie has always had a special place in her heart for animals in need. Being able to sing and help the Logan County Humane Society is an honor for her.

"I think that humane societies are so overlooked and it's important to me to promote what they do," said Allie.

You can view more about Allie at Allie Colleen Music or visit her Facebook page at Allie Colleen.

The cost to get into the event is $10 per person. This will get you all the chili and dessert you can eat plus the special entertainment.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with music to follow at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction afterward.