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Sandfly’s Holiday Fair celebrates neighborhood, businesses

Sandfly Market Place will have its fifth annual holiday fundraiser this Saturday, and this time they are bringing the neighbors. The antique mall has partnered with five Sandfly businesses to host a family-friendly block party.

Sandfly Market Place owners Krystle Venticinique and Amber Lair chose The Humane Society as their beneficiary a couple years ago, said Venticinque.

“We both love animals… all of our animals are rescue,” Venticinque said. “The society is also in the neighborhood, so what better way to celebrate than to celebrate local. A lot of our customers and attendees who came last year for the event — which was a big success — requested The Humane Society for this year.”

Ten percent of Sandfly Market Place’s sales will be donated to The Humane Society. The event is free and open to the public; all guests are encouraged to bring at least one item from The Humane Society’s donation list, such as durable, washable pet toys, Dry Purina dog food, and Dry Purina puppy food, and cat food.

The five local businesses participating in the holiday fundraiser are Lair’s Auto Electric, Non Stop Fitness, Doris Martin Dance Studio, What’s for Dinner, and Murray’s Barber Shop.

Entry to the event is free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 8511 Ferguson Ave.

“Everyone is having their own open house and jumping on board with the charity event,” said Venticinque. “And everyone is donating something different to the Humane Society in terms of percentage.”

The event includes an art fair with 30 local artists and boutiques from around town, where people can do their holiday shopping.

“We also have pet photos with Santa with Becky Smith, who’s a pet photographer. We have live entertainment from the band, Main Street. They’re so awesome because they donated their time. They’re doing it for the event because they love animals so much, too. Everyone has been incredible,” said Venticinque.

Four food trucks will be stationed at the event: Chazitos Latin Cuisine, Lowcountry Lobster, Big Boy Cookies, and Kona Ice of Savannah, which will serve frozen drinks and hot chocolate. Guests can eat, watch the band, and warm up at the bonfire.

“We’re doing a big silent auction for The Humane Society… all of the money from that will go towards The Humane Society,” said Venticinque.

“Nonstop Fitness will provide a workout class called Glow-in-the-Dark Pound, which is a drumming workout with glow-in-the-dark drumsticks. This is free for anyone who wants to sign up. Young ladies from Doris Martin Dance Studio will also provide a performance,” said Venticinque.

Instagram-famous mini pigs from Jacksonville, Fla., called Priscilla and Poppleton will also be at the event. “The little piggies will be set up inside our shop so they can do photo-ops with the kids,” said Venticinque.

“Last year, we raised $3,800 for the Humane Society. This year, we’re hoping to raise even more!” Venticinque said. “We hope everybody in the community comes by. We have so much going on… we have caricatures and birds coming by for photo ops… everything is geared to get their holiday shopping done. I just want everybody to come together for a great cause.”

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