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First annual KC Humane Society Tail Waggin’ Ball debuts April 29

Posted: April 17, 2017 1:21 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Bill and Jan Foust, and Jake, their latest four-legged addition to the family. Jake was adopted from the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center. The Fousts will host the first-ever Tail Waggin' Ball, to benefit the adoption center, on April 29.

Grab your long tails -- or grab a fox tail, perhaps, or both -- it’s time for the Tail Waggin’ Ball, to be held April 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the home of Bill and Jan Foust, 510 Pine St. in Camden.

The Tail Waggin’ Ball, which will benefit the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center, is a first time event, according to Kershaw County Humane Society Board President Cindy Prestage. It promises to be an exciting and fun event, with all proceeds helping a great cause, the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center and the Kershaw County Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) organization.

“Tails” are de rigueur for this event,” Prestage said. “For men, a tailcoat or coat and tie clad with a favorite animal tail. For women, cocktail attire graced with a favorite animal tail.”   

Music will be provided by Second Nature and a feast will be prepared by Aberdeen Catery. Winners for best attire and best dancers will be chosen. A fund-the-need live auction format will be used. Raffle items include a dinner for eight people at Aberdeen, an original drawing by Robert Ariail, and a beautiful queen size wool blanket from Old McCaskill’s Farm.

“It should be a really fun and eclectic event,” Prestage said. “We’re looking forward to it and hope everybody can come out and support the Thiel-Meyer Adoption Center and the Kershaw County Humane Society.”

More important, however, is the fact that local support is not only needed and greatly appreciated, but every dollar donated at the local level is spent on the care and welfare of the animals, Prestage noted. 

The setting for the Tail Waggin’ Ball not only is unique and beautiful, but boasts a few interesting tales of its own, noted owners Bill and Jan Foust. The home was first built as a wedding present for the daughter of a wealthy Charlotte businessman, who married an adventurer and sportsman named Buck Smith. While the marriage did not last, Smith would remain in Camden for a number of years.

The home was eventually acquired by Frederick Mullen; the Fousts bought it from the Mullen estate in 1996.

Since that time, the Fousts have not only worked to restore the house to its former glory but they have opened their home for a number of events and causes, including the Pegasus Ball and the Junior Welfare League Candlelight Tour of Homes.

The Fousts said they are very pleased to be able to host the Tail Waggin’ Ball.

“We’re animal lovers -- we have three dogs here now, one of whom is a shelter dog,” Jan Foust said. “We’re very happy to be able to help the humane society – and are looking forward to a wonderful time!”

“Top Dog” sponsors are Sensor Enterprises (McDonald’s of Camden) and Lugoff Automotive Group.

Reservations are $75 per person and include two drink coupons.  

For more information or to make reservations contact the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center at 425-6016.

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