CHARLESTON — The crowd went crazy at the Applause for Paws Mystical Moonlight Ball benefiting Charleston Animal Society when two tickets to an upcoming Taylor Swift concert went on the auction block. Three minutes after they were offered, the tickets sold for a mind-blowing $15,000.

“It was actually my husband who started bidding on the Taylor Swift tickets,” said Linda Bakker. “He kept saying, ‘it’s for a good cause!’ Our daughter and daughter-in-law will be going to the concert and they are so excited.”

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The Taylor Swift Tickets were just one of dozens of items auctioned off to raise money for the animals. 13 items were sold at the gala, with others going to the highest bidders in a silent auction online. One of the hottest items online were tickets to see U2 at the new Las Vegas Sphere. A Bintelli Golf Cart was also raffled off, raising $55,000 at the lifesaving event.

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The Charleston Gaillard Center was lit like a mystical forest with indoor “full moons” everywhere you looked. The Applause for Paws Gala has won the Charleston City Paper’s Best Fundraising Event and the Post and Courier’s Best Party.

“To see 600 people attend and show their love for our community animals was amazing,” said Gala Committee Chair Cara Bibbiani. “They dug into their pockets and their hearts and did so much for all of the animals who need a second chance.”

Major sponsors included Hank & Laurel Greer, Fetch Pet Insurance, Blackbaud, Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates, The James, WB Henry Contracting, Caroline Clark, Valerie Luther, Kathi & Rick McDaniel, Bob Nigro & Lee Anne Taylor, Louise & Walter Palmer, and The Waters Family.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the year, where the proceeds will be used for the critical care of the animals we save each year,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore, CAWA, CFRE. “Thank you to everyone who attended and who made the Mystical Moonlight Ball a reality.”

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