Bone-E-Fit brings animal friends together in Florence
FLORENCE, S.C. – The annual Bone-E-Fit fundraiser for the Florence Area Humane Society brought music by The Root Doctors, food from area restaurants, businesses and individuals and animal lovers together on Thursday night at the Waters Building on Dargan St. in downtown Florence.
The event spilled outdoors as well as throughout the building and included a silent auction.
“This is our 13th year,” said Jayne Boswell, president of the Florence Area Humane Society. She said what started out as a means to raise money to construct a new facility has grown into a yearly event.
Boswell said that once the building was funded there was still a need.
“It never ends,” she said.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help with medical expenses for the unwanted animals brought to the shelter. Boswell said just this week a dog was brought in that had been hit by a car that badly needed medical attention.
“We weren’t sure he was going to survive,” she said.
These funds will be used for just such an emergency, she said.
Most of the money raised will go toward medical expenses, Boswell said. She said the animals that find their way to the Humane Society are either neglected or in bad shape and prone to illness.
She said the society does all it can to find homes or rescues for these animals, but it is not possible to find places for all.
Between 600 and 700 tickets were sold for the event Thursday night, Boswell said, including those to sponsors.
Laci Braveboy was one of those attending for the first time. She said a friend gave her a ticket, and she was happy to support the cause.
Lynn Kelly also said it was her first time attending the Bone-E-Fit.
“I had heard a lot about it and wanted to help the animals,” she said.
Boswell said Florence has been so supportive over the years.
Bone-E-Fit brings in about $75,000 to $80,000 to help these unwanted animals.