Diamonds in the Ruff III, a Valentine’s celebration hosted by The Farley Foundation (TFF), a local 501©(3) non-profit animal rescue organization will be held at Forest Creek Golf Club Saturday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m.
More than 100 guests attended last year’s semi-formal event which grossed over $20,000 to help TFF save the lives of many at-risk, homeless animals in Moore County and facilitate their adoption.
Betsy Ficarro, TFF Co-Founder and President said, “We have saved the lives of over 260 animals since founding our organization and could not have done it without the support and generosity of our community as shown by the success of our two previous Valentine’s fundraising events.”
This year’s gala will include live entertainment by Brothers in Music featuring local vocalist, Jordan Cranford. Guests will enjoy an all-inclusive package with Surf ‘n Turf dinner, complete open bar and much more. A silent auction will also be held during the evening and includes artwork, jewelry, golf memorabilia, golf packages and vacation getaways.
Net proceeds from the event will help the organization continue its mission of eliminating the unnecessary destruction of homeless, adoptable animals in North Carolina and ultimately find them suitable homes.
“Each year, thousands of adoptable animals end up in local, public facilities in this state alone and approximately a third never make it out,” says Co-Founder and CEO John Ficarro. “Overall, shelter-killing is the leading cause of death for healthy cats and dogs in the United States. And while we have experienced significant improvement here in Moore County, there is much more work that needs to be done in this region. The cost for TFF’s comprehensive care and treatment of these animals while they await suitable, forever homes is our primary expense and is only partially offset by adoption fees. We rely on charitable donations to make up the difference.”
Once TFF rescues an animal from a public facility and before the animal is adopted, it is immediately micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, brought current on all vaccinations (if needed) examined by a veterinarian, de-wormed, tested and treated for any tick borne diseases and behaviorally assessed while undergoing several hours of training and socialization. After the animal is marketed, primarily via the internet, potential adopters must submit a comprehensive application and are thoroughly screened before any animal is adopted. “We want to be sure that no animal ends up back in the ‘system’ and pride ourselves in our thorough processes,” said Mrs. Ficarro. “It’s a very simple approach. Our focus is the best interest of the animal and nothing else,” added Mr. Ficarro.
TFF operates in association with the owners of Seven Lakes Kennels, Debbie Adoree and Jim Dickenson, who provide use of 20 large kennels at their boarding facility to help TFF fulfill its mission.
TFF was founded in 2014 by Mr. and Mrs. Ficarro, who live in Pinehurst. It named in memory of their first rescue dog, Farley, who was rescued as a puppy in 2006 minutes before being destroyed at a county facility. Farley Passed away in 2013.
For reservations and more information about Diamonds in the Ruff III or if you wish to donate a silent auction item, please contact John Ficarro at 910-315-3052; firstname.lastname@example.org. And, for more information about TFF if you wish to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.farleyfoundationnc.com.
This story appeared in the February 3, 2017 edition of The Pilot available here. The Farley Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.