Taylor Swift and U2 Tickets up for grabs as part of 4th Annual Lifesaving Gala.

October 2, 2023 | Charleston, SC – The Applause for Paws Mystical Moonlight Ball Gala benefiting Charleston Animal Society will take place at the Charleston Gaillard Center on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Tickets are almost sold out and the online silent auction is now open at

“We’re thrilled to be auctioning off two Taylor Swift concert tickets — but you have to attend to bid on this item,” said Gala Chairperson Cara Bibbiani. “The Mystical Moonlight Ball will be an unforgettable event for every animal lover in the Lowcountry. This is going to be a night of dancing and entertainment as we celebrate the lifesaving work our community makes possible at Charleston Animal Society.”

The Applause for Paws Gala won the Charleston City Paper’s Best Fundraising Event and Charleston Animal Society has been the community’s favorite nonprofit for 10 years in a row! Major sponsors include 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 approximately 20,000 animals,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore, CAWA, CFRE.  “If you can’t join us in person, you can participate from home by being a part of our online silent auction.”


The Mystical Moonlight Ball online silent auction is not to be missed! This year, there is a little something for everyone, with a U2 Concert in the newly opened “Sphere” in Las Vegas, exclusive trips, dining experiences, and even the chance to enter a raffle for a brand-new, fully optimized 2023 Bintelli Golf Cart. Go to to bid on these amazing items.

Carolyn Murray, News 2 Co-Anchor and Charleston Animal Society Board Member, will emcee the gala along with the incredible Doug Warner at the helm of the live auction. The live auction in the gala ballroom includes Taylor Swift concert tickets,  a trip to the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2023, jewelry from Roberto Coin and a fabulous Isle of Palms beach vacation, plus much, much more!