Allen County SPCA’s Growl at the Moon! – Karaoke for a Cause
Oct11

Allen County SPCA’s Growl at the Moon! – Karaoke for a Cause

While you can’t change an animal’s past, you can most certainly rewrite his future. If you know me, you know I am an animal lover and quite fond of saying that my rescue dog, Raji, rescued me just as much as I rescued him (jury is still out on my rescue cat who decided to “think” outside the litter box this morning). Because of this I have a huge place in my heart for our local Allen County SPCA. I was also quite shocked to find out that our local SPCA is in no way affiliated with the national SPCA. So while Sarah McLachlan’s sad song showcasing haunting puppy eyes in a depressing jail may move you to donate, this in no way helps out our local pets and their owners. Say what?! I made it my mission to see how I could help our local pets, because I am all about helping our Fort Wayne community, including the four-legged members. This coming Saturday, October 15th at 6 PM, the Allen County SPCA is presenting its first annual Growl at the Moon fundraising event at the Grand Wayne Center. It promises to be a spirited evening, filled with food, drink and a lively karaoke competition. I chatted with Executive Director, Jessica Henry, to find out more about the event and the organization it supports. While the Allen County SPCA has several smaller fundraisers each year, this new event is on a grander scale. “We wanted to change things up this year, so we’re excited to introduce Growl at the Moon!” said Jessica. “To the best of our knowledge, nobody else on earth is doing anything quite like this. We think it’s going to be hilarious and entertaining, and what more could someone want from a fundraiser? And, of course, I think it’s the best cause in town, but I may be slightly biased.” Just how has the Allen County SPCA impacted our community? They are currently on track to find homes for nearly 3,000 pets in 2016. According to Jessica, this is a whopping increase of 500% from five years ago! The majority of their adoptable animals come to them from their coalition partners at the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, so when you adopt from them, you are saving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable animals – a pretty amazing cause indeed! “In addition to pet adoption, we operate the region’s only social service program designed to assist pets and their people,” Jessica stated proudly. “From a weekly pet food bank to free spay/neuter and vaccines, we’re out there every day trying to help pets and the...

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Let’s Give Allen County, an Interview with Heidi Colone
Apr25

Let’s Give Allen County, an Interview with Heidi Colone

Living Fort Wayne recently talked with Heidi Colone – Chair for YLNI Let’s Give Allen County and committee member for Get on Board – about the upcoming charity-focused event, Let’s Give Allen County. Q: How did the idea of Let’s Give Allen County come about? A: The Community Foundation’s Board President went to an event held by the Knight Foundation where they had showcased “Match Day.” The Knight Foundation came to the Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation and provided them financial support to bring a similar event to Fort Wayne. This coincides with the celebration of 100 years of Community Foundations across the country.  CFGFW approached YLNI in order to assist with promoting philanthropy in young adults (age 40 and younger.)   Q: What non-profits are involved in this event, and how were they selected? A: When the Community Foundation came to YLNI, YLNI surveyed their membership on issues that were most important to them. As a result of the survey, three areas surfaced : Arts & Culture, Basic Need, and Youth Development.  A select group from YLNI Leadership collaborated with the Community Foundation to select five non-profits who maintain their endowments at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. Q: Could you give us a basic breakdown of the goals and process of this campaign? A: The campaign starts on May 6th at 6:30 AM and runs until 6:30 PM – twelve hours to raise the most money possible for five amazing organizations through the power of social media. Cash donations are also accepted during this time at the Community Foundation (555 E. Wayne Street.) The goals are endless. The first $5,000 per organization will be matched dollar for dollar. Any amounts received in excess of $5,000 per charity will be added to the endowment fund of that charity and will be matched 20 percent by the Community Foundation, up to $100,000. Q: How does the public take part? A: Using the connective power of social media, all of Allen County is invited to take part in this extraordinary event online at www.letsgiveallencounty.org, via Twitter (@cfgfw) and #letsgiveallencounty, and on Facebook (facebook.com/CFGFW). In addition, on the day of the online event, at the Community Foundation there will be coffee and donuts from 6:30 AM until 9:00 AM. We will be serving hot dogs and soda from WLDE’s Weenie Wagon from 11 AM – 2 PM, and pizza from Pizza Hut will be served from 4 PM – 6 PM. Q: What happens after it’s over?  How will this campaign benefit YLNI? A: If each of the five organizations raises $5,000, an anonymous donor will match that $5,000 and...

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