The Chautauqua County Humane Society has announced it raised more than $33,000 from its ninth annual Walk 4 Paws.
The Walk 4 Paws took place at Chautauqua Insti-tution's Market Gate parking area.
"This is our largest special event fundraiser," said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., Community Relations Director for the CCHS. "We knew this year was going to be special when the phone calls started coming in early. It seemed like everyone wanted to know how to help or get involved," said Rodriguez.
Over 400 people came out to show their support of the Chautauqua County Humane Society at the recent Walk 4 Paws event
This year's event had several new teams and new sponsors come on board to give an added boost to the attendance and fundraising totals. Over 400 people took part with teams from all across the county.
The top fundraising teams and individuals were announced at the event and will receive recognition plaques at a later date. The Resource Center Animal Lovers collected the most money as a team bringing in $2,171. Reiley Kolstee was the top individual fundraiser with $875. Team fundraising, individual fundraising, Tag Days money collection weekends, sponsorships and other various donations all contributed to the $33,124 total. Although the event has passed, members of the community are still welcome to donate to the shelter.
"Events like this give people unique ways to donate and volunteer their time. We have a dedicated community of animal lovers here in Chautauqua. Our volunteers are some of the best. Without their help and the help of our community, we wouldn't be here," said Mary Schiller, Board President of the CCHS.
Over 40 individuals and various businesses donated their time and services to assist the event including Farm Fresh Foods, AMP'd Up Karaoke, Pepsi Co., the 7th Grade Home Economics class at Frewsburg Central School, Chautauqua Institution and Tasty Acres of Chautauqua.
"What an amazing morning it was at Walk 4 Paws! I applaud the great animal lovers of Jamestown for coming out and showing such strong support of our local shelter" said Linnea Blanish, Physician Relation Specialist with Jamestown Medical Imaging. "It was uplifting to be part of such a wonderful event and we are already looking forward to next year's walk."
Jamestown Medical Imaging was the lead sponsor of this year's walk. Additional sponsors included Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, UBS Financial Services, Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai, Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, Team Jock Shop, Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo, Alpha Dog Marketing, Southern Tier Financial, Truck-Lite, Invisible Fence of Erie, King's Heating and Sheet Metal, Lewis & Lewis, PC, S.P. Bussman Design Co., Wegman's, Lockwood Agency, The Post-Journal and 106.9 Kiss FM.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on other special events, visit www.spcapets.com or call 665-2209 ext. 213.