PITTSBURG — Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel General Manager Doug Fisher — and his dog, Duke — returned to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society Wednesday with a gift.

While Duke was a little nervous to return to the shelter, it was a happy occasion. Fisher delivered a check for $8,740 to the SEK Humane Society from its concert fundraiser featuring 80s tribute band Members Only at Kansas Crossing Casino.

Kansas Crossing donated its venue, The Corral, to SEK Humane Society for the event on November 18, as well as donating back money from ticket sales — and an extra $1,500.

SEK Humane Society Executive Director Kelci Cooper it was the most attended fundraiser the humane society has had with 439 tickets being sold.

“That’s incredible,” she said. “It’s definitely the most people we’ve had at a fundraiser.”

Fisher said he has always loved dogs, and six years ago a friend got a great dog from the SEK Humane Society. So that’s where Fisher decided to get his dog, Duke. He said the casino was happy to work with the SEK Humane Society team.

“Kelci and her team do great work here — I found that out first hand,” Fisher said. “This seemed like the right time, and the right event.”

Fisher said when he adopted Duke, Cooper wanted to show him why he needed that dog. She showed him how Duke followed commands, and Fisher said he was hooked.

“These fundraisers help us get to that point,” Cooper said. “They help us have a little more time with the animals to make them more adoptable, more socialized. That’s what it’s about.”

Fisher and Cooper are already looking at the possibility of similar events.

“Let’s call this an annual,” Fisher said. “Or heck, let’s make it semi-annual.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.