The Farley Foundation Holds Fundraiser for Animals at Risk
PINEHURST, North Carolina—February 17, 2016—Diamonds in the RUFF II, the second annual gala fundraiser for The Farley Foundation (TFF) was held at Forest Creek Golf Club, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, which grossed more than $20,000 to benefit homeless animals in Moore County and help facilitate their rescue and adoption. A silent auction and raffle were also held that included over 90 items such as artwork, designer clothing, jewelry, golf memorabilia and vacation getaways. Brothers in Music provided entertainment.
John Ficarro, Chairman and CEO, in his remarks to the gathering said: “We are encouraged and overwhelmed by this display of financial assistance for our mission.” He also noted: “since inception, we have saved 196 animals from likely destruction, most originating in Moore County. However, each year, hundreds of local animals are not so lucky. As a community, we all need to bear that responsibility and embrace a “no-kill” philosophy.” He alluded to a forthcoming awareness initiative, “Kill No More,” that will seek support of this philosophy.
Betsy Ficarro, President of TFF said: “This is why we need your help. The more animals we rescue, the more financial and volunteer resources we need; and more of both will allow us to rescue more animals. She went on to express gratitude to the core of tireless of volunteers at TFF who help her on a daily basis provide the necessary care and comfort for the animals at TFF: “You are the glue that holds us together and the guardians of all animals in need.”
The Moore County (NC) non-profit animal welfare group raised this money to support its mission to rescue at-risk, adoptable animals from area shelters and increase awareness about animal welfare issues, particularly the unnecessary destruction of adoptable animals locally as well as nationwide. At TFF, all rescued animals receive comprehensive veterinary and behavioral assessment, necessary vaccinations, spay / neuter services, preventive treatments, any further medical attention that may be needed, training and intensive socialization. Mr. Ficarro added that it was TFF’s business objective to “ultimately go out of business” and noted that “as long as one adoptable animal is killed anywhere, we have all failed.”
TFF operates in association with the owners of Seven Lakes Kennels who provide use of up to 20 large kennels at their boarding facility to help the Foundation fulfill its mission. TFF pulls at risk animals from area shelters and cares for them at its shelter in Seven Lakes during the transition period in which animals are assessed, socialized, neutered or spayed and then adopted to suitable homes, primarily in North Carolina. Some animals are transported to rescue groups in Connecticut and other northern states where the demand for adoptable animals exceeds the supply.
TFF was founded in early 2014 by John and Betsy Ficarro of Pinehurst, NC. It is named in memory of their first shelter dog Farley, a certified therapy dog that was rescued in 2006 as a puppy minutes before being euthanized at a North Carolina county shelter. He passed away in 2013.
For more information about TFF, contact John Ficarro at (910) 315-3052, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit farleyfoundationnc.com. More information about this event is available in this February 4, 2016 article in The Pilot.
Post featured photo: Farley Foundation Founders John and Betsy Ficarro
Event photographer: Tobé Saskor