The overwhelming support for our fund-raiser was heartwarming, especially in light of the current economic climate. In the accommodating setting of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, we had a terrific time, great food and friends, beautiful weather and much generosity. Being on the anniversary of D-Day, Mark Armstrong volunteered to play The Star Spangled Banner on his trombone for us just before tee time.
With the help of countless volunteers, we exceeded our expectations, raising $7,000 more than last year. The $23,000 we raised will make a huge difference in the lives of many companion animals in our communities. Because of this overwhelming outpouring of generosity, we are able to help several different local animal rescues with the costs of spaying and neutering; foster care and adoption; medical interventions; food; supplies; transportation of animals to other locations; educating children on humane pet care; and the costs incurred by organizations in which horses give therapeutic help to special children.
We are proud to announce the following donations: $6,000 to the Augusta Humane Society; $4,000 to STARS Animal Rescue; $4,000 to Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue; and $2,000 to Blue Ribbon Riders in Grovetown. Less than 10 percent of the money raised pays for expenses; nearly everything is donated, and no one receives salaries or compensation. It is truly all about the animals to us.
One of the most important messages we want to get out is the importance of spaying and neutering pets to decrease and ultimately eliminate the unbearable suffering and needless euthanasia of animals because of overpopulation.
The nonprofit organization we created, That's What Friends Are For Inc., is tax-exempt by the IRS, and accepts donations year-round for this purpose. Should anyone wish to make a contribution, contact The Village Deli, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 28, Augusta, GA 30909; or call (706) 736-3691; or go to our website: www.thatswhatfriendsarefor.org.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude for all the support.