HOPE for the Animals
PACC prides itself in innovative fundraising to support its mission. HOPE FOR THE ANIMALS was a prominent and noteworthy footnote in our history, accomplished through hard work by Bari and the board. These events elevated our awareness in the community and throughout the media, while raising critical funds for the EMF. Highlights are captured below.
2008 HOPE FOR THE ANIMALS
Hope for the Animals, PACC911’s gala benefit luncheon held on January 12, 2008, was a huge success on so many levels and a landmark fundraiser for us. Not only because we had a sell-out crowd of 450 attendees, not only because we raised a whopping $200,000 for the EMF, not only because the prestigious art community contributed their talent and love, but because this event was a celebration for the animals. It was a coming together of all the rescues and agencies in our community to show love, support, appreciation, unity and progress.
Awards were given to 15 rescue groups and individuals who were recognized for their dedicated life saving work. Dogs like Hope and Mindy, Sam and Freckles were present to be seen and honored for their loving spirits that helped them to survive horrible circumstances before being rescued.
The video shown to the crowd explained PACC’s mission, touching the audience and educating them with no sugar coating, so that each one realized the great needs of the animals abandoned in our community. Many were inspired to pledge their help and future support.
PACC’s mission was accomplished on this day. We made great strides for the animals, and due to community pressure from so many who were overwhelmed by the program, ended up repeating the event two years later.
2010 HOPE FOR THE ANIMALS
After a highly successful Hope for the Animals in 2008, PACC911 once again brought the community this innovative event in 2010, this time partnering with FACCS, (Friends of Animal Care and Control ), the fundraising arm of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). The concept of partnering is part of PACC911’s mantra and the idea of this was to expand the event, bringing in new ideas, more people and a combined mission.
Because PACC911’s programs affect over 100 partnering rescue groups, assisting them with adoptions and veterinary assistance, and because MCACC’s spay neuter program helps the community at large from continuing to overpopulate, we believed our combined message would have even greater impact on the community, thus furthering the cause to help the animals in all possible ways.
The room was filled to sold out capacity and our guest speakers had a tremendous impact on the audience. Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, U.S Marine Corps told the story of Lava, a dog brought back from Iraq, and the subject of his new best selling book, “From Baghdad With Love“.Lava, formerly an abandoned war puppy, was also a guest at the event and demonstrated that love can overcome the most frightening beginnings.
Guest Nancy Phelan of AACORP in Mexico shared her story of how one woman changed the lives of countless animals on the streets of Mexico and brought a new awareness to the government officials and people at large about the love of animals and the way they must be treated.
The Treva Slote Award was given to Kim Bruck of Basset Hound Rescue for her outstanding work of compassion. Several four legged friends with wagging tails were honored and had their stories told as we awarded the candidates of the Rags to Riches Award for animals.
The event then featured the most colorful and innovative silent auction featuring HOPE chests, hand painted by local artists who once again donated their talents to support this worthy cause. PACC911 raised the needed funds to support our Emergency Medical Fund, allowing us to continue our mission of love.