On February 1, 2020, over 1,100 animal lovers joined together at the Dorchester Shrine Club in Summerville, SC for the 20th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast. This event was presented by Gray’s Contracting, LLC and WB Henry’s Contracting of Summerville.
Kim Almstedt, the Executive Director of Dorchester Paws, says that this was the most successful Oyster Roast yet.
This event raised just over $80,000 for the animals of Dorchester Paws.
In 2019, the gross profit of the event was only $60,500 and tickets were more expensive.
Attendees of the Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast had the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions, enjoy oysters, beer and wine, pizza and wings, and the products from dozens of local vendors. The auction featured over 80 baskets, with items varying from restaurant gift cards to a custom-made golf cart from Garrett’s Golf Carts and a ride along with Pilots to the Rescue, a non-profit coalition of pilots who transport shelter animals to new facilities and their forever homes.
The 20th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast was made possible by Gray’s Contracting LLC, WB Henry’s Contracting, Veterinary Specialty care, Steinberg Law, 105.5 The Bridge ’98 Rock, Superior Blacktop Services, Purescape Lawn Care, Summerville Journal Scene, Ryan Cabanting and Will Widmer of Southern Shores Real Estate, Shelly Leeke Law, North Area Top Producers, Total Comfort Solutions, John Price Law Firm, Flowertown Dentistry, Infastructure, Mr. Sign, Belfor, Skate Dogtor, Eventworks, Carolina Contracting Solutions LLC, IIBA, David Aylor Law, Shady Oak Storage, Barbara Byrd Hauschild, Knights Company, Leaf Filter North of South Carolina LLC, Mark Hartley, Michael’s Barkery, PMC Law, Taco Boy and Tony Pope.