Well, I think I’ve finally recovered from my whirlwind trip to Los Angeles and back to The D just 3 days later! My busy week was all for good causes though – the animals!
My SupportSupernatural.com website co-founder Heather and I made the trek out to LA to support the annual fundraiser for A Dog’s Life Rescue. The event, entitled “Pawsitively Hilarious,” featured a massive silent auction (I won an awesome Supernatural prize pack that featured items signed by the show’s creator, Eric Kripke!), delicious vegetarian and vegan food, tasty adult beverages, ridiculously funny comedians and even some fun musical entertainment!
The event also featured photo galleries of all the animals that have been helped since the charity’s inception and photos of animals still in need of a forever home. Stylish A Dog’s Life t-shirts were for sale as well. (We of course each bought one!)
There was an impressive raffle too. Prizes included large goody bags full of dog and cat supplies, toys, treats, food, etc. AND a pair of round-trip tickets anywhere Virgin Airlines flies in the US.
While I do not have exact figures, I can report that the event came close to meeting its fundraising goal. A Dog’s Life Rescue is still in need of donations so they can get to that goal though, and if you are interested in helping this wonderful charity (that is run by 100% volunteers), visit http://www.SPNangelsforanimals.org to donate.
I want to take a moment to thank the co-founders of A Dog’s Life Rescue, Allison Lange and Julia Pennington. When Heather and I were contacted by folks in Jared Padalecki’s camp who asked for our help in fundraising for them last year, we had no idea that we would have the opportunity to interact with the wonderful folks running the non-profit and hear the daily stories from the streets.
We have not only have we gotten to hear first-hand about all of their challenges and their successes, but Alli and Julia have become friends and two women that we both look up to. These women talk the talk and walk the walk every day. They help ALL animals – from birds on the side of the road to a large feral cat colony to hundreds of dogs. They somehow balance their careers and volunteering to save animals in Los Angeles AND stay sane throughout the process. These women truly are an inspiration to not only animal rescue advocates, but to women everywhere!
Alli and Julia presented Heather and me with plaques thanking us for helping raise money for the charity with the Supernatural fandom. This is an incredible honor and I would be remiss if I did not thank every single Supernatural fan who joined with us to not only meet and bypass our fundraising goal in 2009, those who are helping us reach our goal in 2010, and those who are helping us get the word out that animals need us to speak up and be their voices.
Thank you, Supernatural fandom. You are kind, generous, passionate and all around amazing. Let’s keep it up! We want to reach $30,000 in donations this year!
Back on the home front…
With just enough time to get off the plane, pick up my luggage,make the 45-minute drive home, shower and eat a late lunch this past Saturday, I was back in the car – off to another annual animal rescue fundraiser!
This event, entitled “Bowl-4-Animal Rescue,” was put on two more amazing women, Aleta Sill and Michelle Mullen.
Aleta and Michelle are two other women that I look up to and you should too.
Aleta is the very first female bowler to reach $1 million in prize winnings…and she really has too many other honors to list! And Michelle is just as amazing, being named a collegiate All-American bowler not once but three times, and is also a USBC Gold Coach.
Fun fact – there are just over 30 GOLD Coaches in the world, and less than 10 are women!
In addition to being accomplished bowlers and business women, they are extremely passionate and supportive of animal rescue. In their first four years of putting on their fundraiser, they have raised over $45,000 for the animals! I really am blessed with some amazing folks in my life, huh?!
Michelle and Aleta also own a pro shop called Aleta Sills Bowling World and they coach at Country Lanes in Farmington – the venue for their annual event. The event is a fundraiser for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, two groups doing so many positive things for animals in Metro Detroit.
This year was the 5th annual event and featured bowling, tasty food from Domino’s and Red Robin, a cash bar, karoake, a huge raffle auction , 50/50 auction and copious door prizes! In addition, a 32′ flat screen TV was given away in a special raffle.
The event was a sell out and a true success! This event had a fundraising goal of $15,000 and while official figures are not out yet, I’m confident they will be close. This will raise their total fundraising figure to $60,000! Way to go ladies!
Donations are still being accepted at http://www.yourbowlingcoach.com.
This event was special to me for many reasons, beyond the general success of the night!
#1 – I’m a proud volunteer for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network.
#2 – Michelle and Aleta are my awesome clients.
And #3 – Rich and Pebbles came to the event and we celebrated our two-year anniversary of adopting our sweet rescue pup!
It was another great night celebrating animals and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it!