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The annual Barn Dance to Benefit the Animals will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at The TreeBar at Bennie’s Red Barn, 5514 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, and will feature a Southern potluck buffet, entertainment by Tony and Beth Adams and live and silent auctions. Admission is $20 per person, and all proceeds benefit The Farm at Oatland North, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that was established to take care of elderly and ailing animals.

Attending the Barn Dance helps animals like Tex, a 12-year-old paint horse that formerly worked as a a trail horse on a South Carolina hunting plantation. Unfortunately, Tex is now blind, and the vet says he has to sometimes wear a mask because his eyes are sensitive to bright light.

Ali Paolini, who volunteers at the farm, said that Tex is a gentle, loving animal.

“He is the sweetest thing,” she said.

In addition to Tex, the farm is home to several other animals, including horses, cows and both standard and pygmy goats.

Running a farm is expensive, and donations help expenses related to cleaning, general upkeep and maintenance, animal care and grooming, fence mending, database updating, video and photography projects and additional fundraising and event support.

People who can’t attend the event, or want to donate more frequently than once a year, can choose The Farm at Oatland North as their charity on smile.amazon.com. A portion of sales will be donated to the farm.

The farm hosts an open house from 2-4 p.m. most Sundays, and by appointment.

For details and tickets, visit thefarmssi.org.