The Fur Ball, Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ sixth annual auction, was a success, organizers said, drawing more than 200 people and netting around $51,000 for the nonprofit animal welfare group. Some big-ticket items drew big bucks. A guitar signed by Pearl Jam, for instance, garnered $3,250; a night at the Sorrento Hotel fetched $550; and a bottle of wine (1986, Chateau d’Yquem), donated by Stephen McClure from the Vashon Wine Shop, went for $400. Geoff Fletcher, right, emcee for the evening, said he and other VIPP stalwarts were pleased by the results; the organization raised about $6,000 more than last year. “We’re really, really happy that in these economic times we can get that kind of response and that many people to turn out,” he said. Above, Lynette Beles, far left, and other attendees, take a close look at a table full of items.