Supporter Of Humane Society Hosts Benefit


Kitty Lucek -- better known as Miss Kitty -- has been involved with the Payson Humane Society since it first organized.

"I was at the first meeting Kay Loftfield held at the old Candlelight Restaurant (now Fiesta Mexicana)," she said. "They've come a long way.


A wide variety of goods will be auctioned this Saturday to benefit the Payson Humane Society's building fund. There is furniture, accent pieces, items for retail display, antiques and collectibles. The auction is at 406 E. Bonita in Payson. The preview is at 7 a.m. The auction starts at 8 a.m.

"They have all these wonderful people working there. They're ambitious and enthusiastic."

Miss Kitty will be 90 in September and has collected a lot of things over the years.

"I was trying to sell them on my own, but it just got to be too much for me, so I decided to have an auction and get rid of everything and give the money to the Payson Humane Society," she said.

To match Lucek's auction items, Dr. Mark Solom and his wife, Barbara, have contributed more than a half-dozen truckloads of things left from their estate sale.

"I really appreciate their contributions," Lucek said. "You really can't have a good auction with just one person's things."

Lucek said she had been thinking about doing the auction for the Payson Humane Society for a while, but with the Soloms' donations, it became a reality in short order.

The auctioneer will be Ted Tatum.

The preview is at 7 a.m. Saturday, with the sale beginning at 8 a.m.

"There are some really unusual items," said Kathleen Hughes, who is helping Lucek organize the event. "There's a parking meter, an old brass change maker, like the ones used by train conductors, a U.S. flag with 48 stars and lots of unique retail display pieces."

A peek in the building where the auction items are stored reveals artwork, a vanity chair and bench upholstered in rose printed fabric, shabby chic décor, including a large mirror, bed headboard and footboard, white wicker pieces and a variety of lamps and lampshades, bookcases, stoneware and newer and vintage linens.

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