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Dog Walk Raises Nearly $2,000 for Wilmington Area Humane Society

May 1, 2006

Nearly 100 residents teamed with man's best friend for leisurely a walk in the park and beyond Saturday morning (April 29) in an effort that raised nearly $2,000 in support of the Wilmington Area Humane Society.

The first Dog Walk was sponsored by the Wilmington College student organization, Veterinarians of Tomorrow. Some 64 dogs walked with owners and other "family" members on designated 0.6 and 1.3-mile trails emanating from J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park.

"Our main goal today was to bring together people and pets from the Wilmington community in order to raise needed funds for the Wilmington Area Humane Society," said Carrie Belles, who, along with other WC students Ashley Schroll and club president Trent Printz, coordinated the event.

The $1,837 fund-raising effort far exceeded the Veteranarians of Tomorrow's goal of $1,000. The Wilmington High School Class of 1988 gave a gift of $880 in memory of classmate Chad Conner.

Belles explained the turnout far exceeded their expectations, as did the money raised from the event.

"It was overwhelming," she said. "We had about 30 dogs pre-registered and, Saturday morning, more and more people and dogs kept arriving. The weather was just right for a walk. It was great. The event was a huge success."

Belles made a special note of thanking sponsors of the event: Country View Pet Hospital, Central Veterinary Clinic, Orchard Veterinary Care, Bill Marine Ford, National Bank & Trust, Bush Auto Place, Mayer Agri Equipment, Sams Meats and Zeigler Pharmacy.