SPCA annual fundraiser Feb. 1

  • Friday, January 24, 2014

The Francis R. Willis SPCA is hosting its 14th annual oyster roast fundraiser at Summerville County Club on Feb. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m.

The event serves as the animal rescue’s main fundraiser.

“This is where they really look to get their operating expenses for the year,” said volunteer Dale Hutchison.

For $25 a ticket, guests will have access to all-you-can-eat oysters, a live band and silent auction. Hutchison said the event is family-friendly and will also include a few alternative food options for those who don’t like oysters.

But of all the elements of the event, the oysters are the best part, he said.

“They’re always delicious, cooked to perfection, and there’s always plenty of them,” Hutchison said.

That, and the cause guests are supporting.

“I think [the SPCA staff] do incredible work,” he said. “You hear some of the horror stories about animal shelters but these folks could not be any more caring. If you bring them a donation as simple as a bag of dog food they thank you just as much as if you wrote a check for $1,000.”

The Francis R. Willis SPCA houses animals released into their care, whether surrendered from a previous owner or from Dorchester County Animal Control.

The organization spays, neuters and gives the animals all necessary shots to prepare them for adoption.

Although adopters are charged an adoption fee to help cover the costs of medical care, the revenue is not enough to support the shelter.

The organization has turned to other methods to raise money, like the oyster roast, which Hutchison said has been wildly successful in both fundraising and raising awareness of the SPCA and its needs.

“At the end of the day all of this makes it better for the animals and that’s really what it’s all about.”

Visit www.summervillespca.org for more information on the Francis R. Willis SPCA and to purchase tickets for the event.

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