Bachelor-Bachelorette Event Raises More Than $100,000 For South Carolina Animal Rescues

Auction for a Kaws is a fundraising event benefiting Greenville, South Carolina area animal rescues. The event was held Sat February 4, 2017 at Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard, where a bachelor and bachelorette auction created a memorable evening for everyone who attended. To date, $100,808 has been raised with more expected to come in.

Keli founded Auction for a Kaws in 2010

Keli Miller is the owner of Solar Tan on Haywood Road in Greenville. Several years ago she met a badly tortured dog near her salon and knew she needed to help. Keli took the dog in and nursed it back to help. Around this same time, a woman stopped by her business seeking a donation. The woman had adopted a blind and autistic child, yet she found time to scour the streets to help chained dogs.

Feeling she could make a difference led to Keli’s involvement with Upstate animal rescue organizations and Auction for a Kaws was born. One well-known fact in rescue is there’s always a need for more money, as caring for any animal can get expensive.

Rescues are held together by a few people doing all of the work with little financial support. Keli saw Auction for a Kaws as a way to bring the community together for the animals. Her philosophy is if a person can’t personally be involved in animal rescue, they can at least come to the event, have fun, and throw in a little financial support to help abused and neglected animals.

Keli saw Auction for a Kaws as a way to bring the community together for the animals. Her philosophy is if a person can’t personally be involved in animal rescue, they can at least come to the event, have fun, and throw in a little financial support to help abused and neglected animals.

Her epiphany moment led to the 2010 creation of Auction for a Kaws, which currently supports Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation, Precious Paws, Paved Paws, Kitten Action Team, Izzie’s Pond, Pet Tender Angels and Carolina Poodle Rescue. Since their inception, $290,502.00 has gone directly into local rescue in a community full of unwanted cats and dogs. The first Auction for a Kaws event raised $30,000 in spite of a“horrible” ice storm that hit the Greenville area that year.

Animal lovers “sell” themselves to the highest bidder

This event is a night to celebrate these heroes of the Upstate rescue community. Auction for Kaws offered amazing silent auction items and handsome men and beautiful ladies in the Upstate rescue community set up GoFund Me accounts, with every penny raised going to the event. These rescue groups rely on this money to continue their lifesaving work. Keli is making a big difference in her community that all started when she decided it was necessary to do her part to make the Greenville area a better place for animals in need.

In an interview with Greenville Online, Keli describes her motivation

“When I wake up every day, I feel a responsibility to do something with the health that I’ve been given. I want to make a difference in the world. Some of these animals have been through so much. Even though humans can be so cruel, these animals have nothing but love to give in return.”

Please take a moment to thank Keli and the Upstate community for making Auction for a Kaws such a success.

Photos courtesy of Sheri Breazeale Kassalias.

Elisa Taylor

Elisa's articles have helped save thousands of the shelter pets she writes about, along with animal welfare and cruelty case articles which are published on Pictures-of-cats.org as well as her personal website at Nationalcatexaminer.com (National Cat Reporter). Elisa lives with her daughter and a multitude of cats (including one cat­-dog named Cujo). As a writing "addict" Elisa enjoys sharing interesting stories with other animal lovers.

9 comments

  1. Lori Jewell says:

    great article… Pet Tender Angels was left off the list.. but we are happy to be a part of this wonderful event and also beneficiaries! Great job everyone!

    1. Elisa Taylor says:

      I’ll add it on for you.

  2. Jan Todd says:

    some one on Pookie’s page just commented that Pet Tender Angels was omitted as being one of the rescues benefitted. Just thought I’d let you know. When I read it I didn’t notice.

  3. Sherry Goodyear says:

    I had 2 dogs from the Greeneville, SC animal control shelter pulled into our rescue and I’m in NE Tenn. Fostered and found wonderful homes for them.

  4. J. M. Dye says:

    What a great event ! It gets better each year !
    Keli is an angel sent to help and protect these special
    animals !
    It’s an honor to participate and to know Keli, lots of fun
    Thank you !

  5. Tess Parker says:

    Amazing time, amazing group of people, and bravo Keli Miller! Just love you! This is definitely a night to remember and if you missed it, definitely plan to attend next time!
    Keli, you are amazing!!!!
    Love,
    Tess Parker

  6. Katie Moon says:

    Thank you., Elisa, for taking the time to acknowledge this wonderful event and the people behind it!!! These rescues work tirelessly to help animals and these funds will help them with the bills they often have to pay themselves.

    1. Elisa Taylor says:

      I’m going to do my best to attend next year. I can tell from all of the photos posted that everyone had a great time.

  7. Jan Todd says:

    great article Elisa..shared

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