Firefighters donate time to benefit Animal Society

  • Friday, September 27, 2013

Charleston firefighters perform on stage at the unveiling of the Charleston Animal Society’s 2014 Firefighter Calendar. PHOTO PROVIDED

An enthusiastic crowd came out to witness the debut of Charleston Animal Society’s 2014 Firefighter Calendar. Sponsored by Little Black Dress and Icebox, the debut party at Woolfe St. Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. was the public’s first chance to procure the much-anticipated calendar. With comedian Travis Howze serving as emcee, audience members were treated to a runway show featuring calendar models and an auction to bid on dates with “eligible” local heroes. Lucky VIP ticketholders had their pictures taken with calendar models were provided the opportunity to have their calendars autographed by the firefighters and mingled with them at a pre-party.

All proceeds from the party and subsequent calendar sales go to “Toby’s Fund,” Charleston Animal Society’s Medical Fund, which treats the community’s injured, abused and abandoned animals. Launched in October 2012, Charleston Animal Society Toby’s Fund was inspired by a severely injured dog named Toby who came to the shelter’s clinic badly burned and in desperate need of medical attention. After extensive medical attention and love given him by Charleston Animal Society staff, he was able to leave the shelter happy and whole.

“A common misconception is that Charleston Animal Society receives all of our funding from the government but in reality only 25 percent of our budget is government funded,” explains Caroline Eller, Charleston Animal Society’s director of development. “We rely on generous sponsors, donors and successful fundraising campaigns in order to save lives. Last year, we spent over $500,000 last year treating our communities’ animals and will spend significantly more than this year as we work to achieve our goal of making Charleston a No Kill community by 2015.”

“If we are able to sell all 5,000 of our available calendars, the Firefighter Calendar Project will net over $100,000 for Toby’s Fund,” adds Eller. “Not only was the party a fun time for all and a great success, but, most of all, it was a shining example of the entire community coming together to help the Charleston area’s neediest animals. On behalf of Charleston Animal Society, I would like to thank the firefighters, their chiefs, and everyone who came out tonight to support our cause.”

For those who are interested in purchasing a 2014 Charleston Firefighter Calendar, but were unable to attend, please visit http://ww2.charlestonanimalsociety.org for more information.

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