Diamonds & Denim Ball exceeds Good Shepherd's fundraising goal

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Good Shepherd Humane Society is celebrating the best fundraiser in its history.

At the board's regular meeting Wednesday, March 27, Fiona Richards said the Diamonds & Denim Ball exceeded Good Shepherd's initial goal. Good Shepherd projected to bring in $22,000 after expenses from the event, Richards said, but ended up raising around $27,000.

"I have to say, for a small but very tenacious group of people working this event in a short time, we all got along really well," Richards said. "Thank you for the professional team."

Board president Jay Fusaro asked if the organization has ever raised that much money at an event, and shelter manager Sandra Mittler said the most successful event before Diamonds & Denim brought in around $14,000.

"That's almost double," said assistant shelter manager Kathy Cobb.

"Should we do it again next year?" Richards asked.

The board answered with a resounding yes, and Richards said she's already had 10 tables booked for next year's event. Richards said the event would be even more successful if everyone on the board got involved, and Fusaro agreed.

"An enormous amount of work went into it," Fusaro said. "If we want to have future fundraising events without burning people out, we've got to spread the love."

Board member Terri Paris said she's already put next year's event on her calendar for Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Also at the meeting, Mittler said the shelter will host its spring rabies clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Berryville Thrift Store. Another upcoming event benefitting Good Shepherd is the Holiday Island Chili Cook-off, Mittler said, scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

"Tickets are $8, but we have some tickets to sell here," Mittler said. "We're selling them for $5 instead of $8, so if you buy them from us, you get a discounted ticket and we get to keep that money for Good Shepherd."

Mittler said the shelter is doing well with adoptions. One way to increase adoptions, Mittler said, is to update the adoption boards located at businesses throughout Carroll County.

"So far we only have one new picture board up because we're trying to find sponsors," Mittler said. "It would be great to get those boards paid for. It's great advertising for the sponsors. We just want to pay for the cost of the board."

For more information on becoming a sponsor for the boards, call the shelter at 479-253-9188.

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