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13 Sep 2017
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Well, good news for folks coming to stay in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.  The Lowcountry dodged a major bullet with Hurricane Irma, one of the worst storms on record.  We got rain and wind, a little storm surge in some areas, a few limbs and leaves down, but all in all the islands around Charleston came through amazingly well. The weather right now is positively gorgeous  -  sunny Carolina blue skies, temp 78 degrees, just a perfect time to be in a luxury house on Isle of Palms.  Plus, if you like surfing, there are some good waves out there.

Party with a purpose near our luxury beach house rentals SC

There’s no shortage of wonderful charities in the Lowcountry, and they have a knack for coming up with creative ways to raise much-needed funds. One of my personal favorites is the Charleston Animal Society, which does tireless work on behalf of abandoned, injured or abused animals. A few years ago, they opened a state-of-the-art facility in North Charleston, which includes a massive spay/neuter clinic and very user-friendly cat and dog play areas.  If you are here in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you might want to pay them a visit.  Nothing like bringing home a forever friend as a great souvenir of your stay in a Charleston beach house.  It’s located at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston, off of I-26 and just north of I-526.

Here are some interesting facts about what they do from their website:

Many don't know that we care for 90% of the community’s unwanted animals - many of which are seriously injured or gravely ill, and we have made remarkable strides in five years. By thinking out-of-the-box, using proven best practices from animal organizations across the nation and implementing research-based strategies, Charleston Animal Society has moved from what is known as an Annual Live Release Rate of 34% in 2007 to over a 75% Annual Live Release Rate today, which is almost unheard of in the animal welfare world. Comparatively, other parts of the state realize low live release rates ranging from 10% to 30%.

They launched “No Kill Charleston”  -  the most bold initiative in the Southeast, working toward the goal of becoming the region’s first no-kill shelter.  It’s a lofty goal, but they are well on their way.  They can also really use our help. The good folks of the shelter cooked up a great fundraiser, and it’s proven to be so successful, it’s back again this year.  It’s a calendar of smokin’ hot firefighters posing with adorable furry friends.o is the Charleston Animal Society  -  so the combination makes perfect sense.  In fact, this is how they put it:  “Toby’s Fund provides the medical care necessary to save lives, just like our brave Firefighters do every day!” They host an annual party to launch the next year’s new calendar.  It’s one fun event.  Or, as the Charleston City Paper has dubbed it,  "Best Party of 2014, 2015 and 2016!"

Get set for a rescheduled cool event near our luxury beach house rentals SC

It was supposed to be this past weekend, Saturday September 9th, but alas Irma threw a wrench into those plans.  But they have rescheduled it for the end of the month, so you still have a chance to experience a party with a purpose. Saturday night, September 30th, is the new date for the 2018 Firefighter Calendar Debut Party, where all 15 firefighter models will be revealed as they walk the runway.  They'll be officially unveiling the new calendar, and you can get yours personally signed.  Also, there will be the ever-popular live date auction, sure to be a lot of fun. In past years, news of the calendar went viral, and media from across the globe picked up the story. Tickets are $35 general admission standing room only.  At 6:00 p.m. there’s a special VIP-only party with the firefighters, 7:30 p.m. doors open, and the show starts at 8:00 and lasts till 10:30.  It takes place at Memminger Auditorium downtown, a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC. All proceeds go toward Toby’s Fund, the shelter’s medical fund to treat injured or sick animals.  This year’s sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Kia Country of Charleston, Anson Restaurant and MIRA Winery. So if you are here in one of our rental homes South Carolina at the end of the month, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you really ought to consider it.  It is certainly a good cause and will be a rollicking good time.

All best,

Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger