Florence Area Humane Society hosts 10th Bon-e-fit on May 5 Show your love by attending the ‘Pawty for the Animals’
Ten paws up for this year’s Bone-e-fit – The Florence Area Humane Society’s annual “Pawty for the Animals.” Ten years of puppy, and kitty, love kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. The party space will stretch from the Victor’s Courtyard through the James Allen Courtyard, out into South Dargan Street. Pawty goers can meander through the Waters Building for an attention-grabbing collection of silent auction items. For a “sneak peek” at the auction items, visit The Florence Area Humane Society’s Facebook page.
This year’s musical entertainment will feature Finesse from Columbia. The band combines the sounds of Motown, soul, R&B, classic rock, and Carolina Beach Music for a choreographed, high-energy show. “We thought they were perfect for the Bone-E-Fit because they play a little of everything,” said Jane Boswell. Each year, the Bone-E-Fit draws about 700 supporters and sponsors who gather to enjoy great food, good beverages and live music – all in support of the humane society.
New for this year, ReMax Professionals will feature a hot air balloon photo booth adding to the fun of the evening. Individual tickets are $75 and may be purchased at Carolina Bank (Southpark), Fisher Jewelers, First Reliance Bank (Palmetto St.) or online. The admission price includes cocktails, a large array of foods and live music. Sponsors at the $250 level and up also receive passes to the VIP Lounge at Victor’s courtyard, where special drinks and food are served.
The popular Bone-E-Fit continues to raise funds for the Florence Area Humane Society. In the past, those funds were used to help pay for the new animal shelter. Even though the new shelter has been open for four years, Boswell said there is still a need to fund services and animal medical expenses at the facility. “We’re still overwhelmed by the number of animals that need medical care when they come into the shelter,” Boswell said. “Our goal is to save as many as we can.
We’re spending about $2,000 to $3,000 a month on those medical costs, and it’s not the vets being unreasonable. They’re working with us. There’s just a need there.” Boswell said proceeds from the Bone-E-Fit also will help the shelter continue spay/neuter initiatives and expand adoption opportunities. Pet overpopulation and unwanted litters of puppies and kittens fill the shelter to capacity every year. “The number of homeless animals doesn’t go down and the needs never stop.
The money from the Bone-E-Fit enables us to cover some of them,” Boswell said. “I think it’s also just a great event that’s a lot of fun and helps us build a bond with the community.” The Bone-E-Fit has attracted big crowds in years’ past and generated an average of about $70,000 a year for the shelter. For more information, visit The Florence Area Humane Society’s Facebook page and www.florencehumanesociety.org.