Rosy lights sparkled in the facets of dazzling bindis and shone on silken saris at the Memminger Auditorium last Friday evening as Pet Helpers kicked off their 5th Annual Fur Ball. Acrobats and hoopdancers met guests at the door as they entered the world of Fur Bollywood for an evening of fine food, entertainment, and exciting auctions, all to benefit Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Guests got their first taste of Barry Waldrop’s true Charleston Cuisine as they sampled hors d’oeuvres and sipped garnished glasses of ‘The Cat’s Meow’ by Gilmore Bar and Wine while they sought out the best items on the Silent Auction table.
The crowd was electric, moving from the Silent Auction to the dining area, decked out with tablecloths in jewel tones, adorned with feathers and gilded to the hilt. Performers from Rogue Dynamic Productions thrilled the crowd with capoeira, belly-dancing, and hoopdance as they were seated for dinner.
A special appearance by Pet Helpers alumnus, Necter the Corgi, now named Hooper, was a crowd favorite. Hooper came to Pet Helpers as a puppy with two broken legs. He was rehabilitated by the veterinary staff and was able to trot onto the dance floor to his new owners and show off his healthy legs.
Tom Crawford and Victoria Hansen emceed a fast-paced Live Auction, with guests snagging fantastic prizes like a Dave Matthews Band concert package and a resort vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The big ticket item, a Lowcountry Dog Magazine cover story, went for $2,200!!!
Over $100,000 was raised that evening for Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter clinic. President and Founder of Pet Helpers Carol Linville was thrilled with the event, “I was awestruck by the ambience of the evening. It felt like Christmas morning! The outpouring of support was tremendous and we are eternally grateful for the funds raised for the animals that we work so hard to support. For those who weren’t able to make it, there are still wonderful ways to help Pet Helpers this holiday season.”
For more ways to support Pet Helpers, visit www.pethelpers.org, call (843) 795-1110, extension 11, or visit the shelter at 1447 Folly Road in James Island.
Special thanks to photographer Jennifer Bearden for loaning us her photographs of the event for this post. See more of her amazing work HERE.