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 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.
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.