What started out as a conversation between two members turned into a day we can all be proud of!
When I learned that there was a fundraiser held at the Abeck’s in Detroit to support the Wayne County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, I wanted to be involved. So I approached Dave Austin (Wayne County Sheriff Deputy) to see how Post 67 could help, but he indicated that the fundraiser was over. Dave quickly said the K-9 unit could always use help and explained that they could use a full bite suit and hidden bite sleeves for their training.
Wanting to help, we put together a committee and started planning. We scheduled a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to be held on March 11 and quickly went into action. Raffle items, 50/50 drawings and donations started coming in from all over the area. There was a lot of interest and support for what we were doing and people wanted to help.
Our goal was to raise $2,500 to cover the cost of the full bite suit and hidden bite sleeves. It was clear early on that we would reach that goal, so Cheryll Austin and I approached the Lincoln Park Police Department’s K-9 officers. Not knowing how much we could donate, they eagerly accepted anything we might be able to donate for their K-9’s.
The event was more successful than we could have anticipated and not only did we exceed our goal for the Wayne County Sheriff’s K-9’s, we were also able to provide some much-needed funds to others who do a great service in our communities:
$3,650 - was donated to the Wayne County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit
$1,250 - was donated to the Lincoln Park Police K-9 Unit
$300 - was donated to Downriver Central Animal Control
$300 - was donated to Brownstown Animal Shelter
$200 - was donated to The Paws Clinic
This could not have been possible without all the volunteers who eagerly got involved with this fundraiser. Most importantly, we could not have done this without the generosity of our business community and private donors.
Terry Barrette – Auxiliary