"Apple" Annie Stricherz took on the massive task of heading up the Furball Soiree's silent and live auctions this year. Anyone who was there can testify to the amount of labor that must have gone into the organization, cataloging, recording, assigning numbers, and time-staggering bid closings for some 25 tables, making sure all was fair -- and getting the right merchandise to the highest bidders at the end of a very long day. Annie did it all with an aching back and a smile, taking time to praise fellow volunteers and overall organizer, Tracellen Kelley. "She's amazing. She's the big cheese," Annie said.