The Flagler Humane Society’s annual golf tournament fundraiser drew over 100 participants this year.
The shelter held two major fundraisers on Dec. 3 and 4 — the Festival of Wreaths, hosted by the Windsor of Palm Coast senior living, and an 18-hole golf tournament at Grand Haven Golf Club.
FHS Executive Director Amy Carotenuto said volunteers are still counting the total raised from the golf tournament, but the wreaths’ silent auction on Dec. 3 raised over $3,500.
“Usually it’s around $3,000. So hey, we’re happy,” she said.
An emailed statement from Windsor said it has so far collected $3,562 from the wreath auction.
The wreaths are made and donated by local businesses, Carotenuto said.
The 14th annual auction featured over 130 wreaths, according to the statement from Windsor.
During the auction, one of the dogs FHS brought to the auction was also adopted, the statement read.
“The quality and generosity displayed by those who donated this year is second to none and greatly appreciated,” the statement read. “All and all, it was such a successful event and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
The golf tournament is in its 12th year, volunteer Suzette Sweeny said. Sweeny has helped organize the tournament every year.
She said that the tournament makes more money for the shelter each year.
“It’s a game changer [for the shelter],” she said. “If they need a new air conditioner or they need something special at the shelter, this money comes in handy.”
During the tournament, for an additional $5, players could also enter a special challenge at the eighth hole to compete against FHS volunteer Rick “Doc” Lester for a sleeve of free golf balls.
Lester said the special challenge raised an extra $250 for the shelter.
He buys the golf balls out of pocket, he said, but it’s all for a good cause.
“It’s not about the cost,” he said. “It’s about making money for the society.”
Carotenuto said the FHS frequently hosts adoption events and is always looking for new ways to ways to find funding.
The shelter is even looking at adding a casino night fundraiser in the spring, she said.