The Village Deli, and lots of good friends, held our annual charity golf tournament and auction recently. We were able to raise more than $32,000 to fund our nonprofit, That’s What Friends Are For Inc., for our spay/neuter program and to help with animal rescue work throughout the CSRA.
We wish to thank everyone who participated by donating their time, love and money to make this our most successful event to date, and hope that we can count on your support next year. Cory Powell sang the national anthem flawlessly to start our day, and the good times just rolled out from there.
Great food, good friends and fabulous weather made for a fun day of fund-raising at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, affectionately called “The Patch.” If you missed it, I hope you will plan to join us next year.
THAT’S WHAT Friends Are For is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that brings together caring and compassionate people in a network helping to fund and perform animal rescue efforts that include the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats, owned or stray, and so much more.
We believe that, together, we can make a huge difference in the pet overpopulation crisis that currently results in so many abandoned, neglected, abused and euthanized dogs and cats. The funds we raise together are given to other legitimate animal rescue organizations that are struggling to do great things for companion animals in our communities and to assist pet owners with the expenses of spaying or neutering when they cannot afford it.
We accept tax-deductible donations year-round. Checks can be mailed to us in care of Village Deli, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 28, Augusta, GA 30909; or use a credit card or PayPal on our website, www.thatswhatfriendsarefor.org.
VOLUNTEERING IN the world of animal rescue can be very fulfilling. Once you look into the eyes of an animal in need, there is just no turning away. The lasting friendships you make will amaze you; fill your heart with gladness and hope; and empower you in ways that are sure to surprise you.
The ripple effect, when you inspire someone else, will help spread kindness and generosity throughout our neighborhoods, our communities and our country. We are truly grateful to all of the people we work with and have worked with, and every person who makes the effort to improve the life of companion animals.
It is heartwarming to grow our network each and every day.
(The writer, co-owner of the Village Deli in Augusta, is the founder and president of That’s What Friends Are For.)