All God's Creatures, a pet rescue organization in Edgefield County, is hoping to raise enough money to build the county's first permanent animal shelter.
The group's first fundraiser will be in February and will feature Jack Hanna, a renowned animal expert.
"We're thrilled to have him take part in helping us provide safe and loving homes for abused or abandoned pets," said Denise Holcomb, founder of All God's Creatures.
Mr. Hanna, who has been on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show , will be at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C., before coming to Edgefield on Wednesday, Feb. 13, for the benefit at a private residence.
The Tennessee-born wildlife expert has a nationally syndicated show, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, that reaches 96 percent of households across the United States and is seen in 62 other countries.
Invitations to the fundraiser are available for a donation of $150 per person or $250 per couple. Sponsorships also are offered, and live and silent auctions will raise additional funds.
"We're in the process right now of asking for sponsors," board member Betsy Martin said. "We're trying to get sponsors at different monetary levels."
The money raised will go toward a permanent facility for All God's Creatures, which has rescued and adopted about 600 animals since it incorporated six years ago. Currently, Ms. Holcomb cares for the animals at her home near Johnston, S.C.
The donation of two acres on Hardy Place Road has given the organization a site for the new shelter. "We've had loyal donors that have really kept us going up to this point," Ms. Martin said.
For information on tickets to the fundraiser, call Beth Smith at (803) 279-8406.
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