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8th Annual Woof-A-Palooza is a howling success

By Karen Sirls
Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE) held its 8th Annual Woof-A-Palooza dog walk fundraiser on Saturday, September 19 in Pittsboro at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. This one-mile dog walk fundraiser raises money to support the expenses of cats and dogs in volunteer foster homes. The animals of CARE are rescued from the Chatham County Animal Shelter or the local community and live in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted by a permanent, loving home.

Over 150 animal lovers participated on Saturday morning ignoring the threat of rain. They were entertained by Matt Daniels playing live acoustic music and by Corporal Matt Morrison of the Criminal Enforcement Team and Valerie Broadway of Canine Coaching Services.

The top fundraiser for this year's walk was Laura DeGraff who raised over $1,700 in personal pledges, followed by Karen Sirls, Cathy Holt and Patti Liegl. They received gift certificates to The Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro as well as gift certificates to Kristen Blackwell Designs and Vespertine, Hummingbird Farm and Twig or Attagirl! K9.

Pam Fulk, President of CARE's board of directors remarked, "A huge thank you goes out to the friends of CARE that came out for the walk as well as the corporate sponsors. Their financial support makes a huge difference in the lives of animals in Chatham County- especially in this challenging economy. The demands for CARE's services have increased
dramatically this year. The all volunteer fundraising committee's passion for CARE was evident in every aspect of the planning for this critical event. Thank you to the entire committee for making this the most successful Woof-A-Palooza! Everything was stellar!"

CARE's corporate sponsors played a critical role in financial success of this fundraiser for CARE. CARE would like to thank the sponsors of the event and asks that you please support these civic minded businesses. There were four levels of sponsorship available: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Platinum Sponsor: Wal-Mart Super Center, Siler City. Gold Sponsors: Amanda, Derek and Evan Dittenhoefer, Doggie Spa & Day Care, Godon Construction, Inc., Hope Crossing Animal Hospital, and Employees of LIPOSCIENCE. Silver Sponsors: Cat's Paw Canvas, Companion Camp, Kristin Blackwell Designs, Mulberry Farm, Pittsboro Animal Hospital, and Pittsboro Discount Drug. Bronze Sponsors: By the Brook Films, Canine Coaching Services, Carolina Brewery & Grill, Chatham Veterinary Services, Cloud Star Corporation, Cole Park Veterinary Hospital, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston, Country Farm & Home Supply, Curves of Pittsboro, DDB Enterprises, Matt Daniels, Food 4 Fidos, Lynn Hayes, Hill Creek Veterinary Hospital, Hummingbird Farm, Jordan Lake Animal Hospital, K9 Kindercare, the photography of meg daniels, Phydeaux Pets, Pittsboro Feed, Sunny Acres Pet Resort, Theye Electric, Inc., Tysor Veterinary Clinic, Tedi Vail - Realtor, and Tim and Meredith Weiner.

The ninth annual Woof-A-Palooza will be held on September 18, 2010.

CARE has been making a difference in the lives of animals for over 30 years. Chatham Animal Rescue and Education was originally founded in 1975 as Chatham Humane Society. Without the financial support of generous, civic minded corporate sponsors, individual pledges and volunteers, they would not be able to save the lives of animals in Chatham County. Please visit their website at www.chathamanimalrescue.org if you would like more information. Donations can be mailed to CARE, P.O. Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

 
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