Archive for Events/Fundraisers

Fundraising Meeting Minutes 3/6/12

In Attendance:  Cyndi D, Diana U, Shannon V, Shirley M, Jill B, Tara S, Debby C

OLD OR ONGOING BUSINESS:
A. 31 Party: Approx $350 was made for the shelter and $225 in products. Diana ordered some stuff that will be used in the 2 Wheels 4 Paws raffle
B. Scentsy Party: HELP will be getting $750 from this event (btw, delivery will be 3/7 at the shelter)
C. Bob Evans HELP day: We made $200 from the meals and got $234 in the donation jar, this is the best restaurant fundraiser so far. And we are allowed to do it once a month and are able to choose the day 🙂

NEW BUSINESS:
Volunteers needed:
If you can help out with any of this, please let Cyndi know at cyndi@helphumane.org 816.318.4357

  • Adoption events outside of the shelter
    PetSmart Adoption events (Every Saturday 12p-3p)
    Major advertised PetSmart adoption events (5/4-6, 9/14-16, 11/2-4)
  • Front desk help
    to show visitors around the shelter, answer phone, greet visitors, 5-8p Tu-Fr (Training provided)
  • TNR weekend help needed 3/8-10
    We have several locations that we need to be working at and need some man/woman power, training provided, please let cyndi@helphumane.org know if you can help
  • Med shift
    We only have bare minimum people filling the med shifts so when someone needs off or is ill, its very difficult on someone else, so we are looking for someone not afraid to medicate animals and could cover shifts in mornings and/or evenings

3/13 & 15 “Go Green” parties
Melaleuca Products party – the 13th will be at Miranda’s home and the 15th at 7pm at the shelter. Let Miranda know miranda@helphumane.org if you would like to attend her home party, she lives in Shawnee, Ks. 20% of the sales will go to HELP. These are environmentally safe products for health and home.

April adoption promotion – “Take a Chance”
Diana and Shannon have been brainstorming on an adoption promo because our adoptions are at an all time low. They have come up with “Take a Chance” running approximately one week in April. Each day would have a different theme, “Take a Chance on a Senior”, “Take a Chance on a Bonded Pair”. Whatever animals fall into the promo for the day will have a reduced adoption fee. On the Saturday when the promo ends, we will have a “wheel” adopters will spin to find otu what their adoption fee will be. Approximate day of starting the promo would be 4/23. We are hoping to be in need of extra volunteers that week. More info to come. Let Shannon@helphumane.org or Diana@helphumane.org know if you would be interested in helping out or if you have any other clever ideas on promoting this. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

4/21 “Picassos for Pets” at Gregory’s Event space in Raymore
5p-8p At this point, Miranda is in need of artwork and sponsors. She has letters requesting a donation of artwork and sponsors if you would like to help out with those needs. Also have flyers advertising the event if you would like to have that, just email cyndi@helphumane.org or miranda@helphumane.org We will be providing the desserts for the event, so we are looking for people to donate a dessert. Volunteers needed on that day for setup, we will be allowed in the building at noon (if no other event gets scheduled between now and then) or 3pm (if no other event gets scheduled). Let us know if you are able to help out in any capacity with this event. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

5/5 “Cinco De Meow” adoption event at the shelter
This will be another special adoption event where all adoption fees will be reduced to $55 (5/5) for the day. We will be looking for additional volunteers that day. Also would like to share goodies with visitors, obviously a Mexican theme would be good, but not a must. Let cyndi@helphumane.org know if you could help out that day with volunteering or bringing goodies. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

May “Open House and Baby Kitten Shower” at the shelter
We began this discussion trying to set a date for this. Last year it was a bit later in the year because we were waiting for Red Day to be through. With several weekends during that month full with registration for the Bike Ride, we decided we needed to move it to June. Date of 6/16 was set. We will again be doing tours of the shelter and having a baby kitten shower. Will need lots of help that day if you are able. cyndi@helphumane.org if you can help. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

6/2 “2 Wheels 4 Paws” Charity Motorcycle Ride
We already have Rawhide Harley and Belton Animal Clinic and Exotic Care Center as sponsors for the event!! We do have a sponsorship presentation package available if anyone would like a copy, email cyndi@helphumane.org. No one made any progress with getting Johnny Dare as the MC back at the shelter, so we discussed who else we might try and get. Diana said Karli Ritter from Channel 4. Cyndi was going to request her to do it through their website. More later. Tara was going to work on some liability releases and registration forms. We are going to need to have volunteers at Rawhide Harley on 5/19-20 and 5/26-27 to get bikers signed up. We know this is going to be trying but if we really want to do this thing right, we are really going to need help with the sign ups for the 2 weekends prior. Sponsor deadline on this is 4/1, so if you have anyone that might consider this, please let cyndi@helphumane.org know and she can get you a sponsorship pkg. Diana mailed out several and will be following up soon. We are also looking for donations for the raffle when the riders are back at the shelter. Lots of work to do on this and could really use some help both before and during the event. Let Cyndi@helphumane.org or Diana@helphumane.org know if you can help out in any way. We have a goal of raising $5000 from this event, its gonna take some work to get us there though. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

9/8 5th Annual “A Black Tail Affair” at Ritz Charles
Tanna Guthrie is booked again and contract signed, same terms as last year, she was very excited that Bryan Busby had also been confirmed again. A theme has been chosen “A Evening in Egypt” which should be alot of fun since cats used to be worshipped there as Gods! Now that the theme has been chosen, the sponsorship package will be finalized and ready for sponsor chasing this coming week. Need sponsors and auction donations. Let cyndi@helphumane.org know if you can help out in anyway, we are needing help with all aspects. We are also looking for help with publicity for this event. Finding free places online to post and doing press releases.

Mystery Theatre-
Cyndi put this in the agenda again because she really thinks this is a cool idea and wants someone to run with it 🙂 Jill said that her nephews band was looking for ways to fundraise and she suggested that maybe we could colaborate with the school on this project. She has volunteered to check with the school to see if there is any interest and if so, set up a meeting for HELP people and the school 🙂

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm

Reminders

NEW – Adoptashelter.com
Shop online through this website and we receive a portion of the sale when you choose HELP Humane as the shelter you are shopping for. It’s very easy money for HELP

Best Choice labels and Paw Points
There are drop boxes for Paw Points and Best Choice food labels in the front room of the shelter. These can be redeemed for animal related items. Paw Points come with Fresh Step litter (Scoop Away isn’t included anymore). The Best Choice brand is available at many local groceries.

Recycling to earn the shelter money
HELP accepts aluminum cans, paper (we now have a paper recycling bin located on the side parking lot of the shelter. We will need lots of paper to make this a good fundraiser, so please, bring your newspapers, catalogs, and junk mail and school papers by and drop them in our bin. Also, you can bring your shredded papers, but leave them in a trash bag with holes punched in it, (but please, no phone books) old cell phones, ink and toner cartridges. This doesn’t get us tons of revenue but its no work, please pass the word and along with that, we are doing our part in helping keep this stuff out of landfills. We also accept cell phones, inkjet and laser cartridges for recycling. You can help from filling the landfills in our country and the animals all at one time. Please contact Shirley at swmaples1@att.net with questions about the cell phone and empty cartridges.

Igive.com –
I know you see this month after month. I ordered printer cartridges from a firm supporting igive and made close to $7 for HELP on a single order. There are many online merchants that will donate money to HELP through purchases made online. The purchase price will be the same as if you shopped directly at that site, so this is simply a big bonus for HELP! Simply go to http://www.iGive.com/HELPHumaneSociety and sign yourself up. HELP will receive an added $5 donation the first time you use the program.

Goodsearch.com or iSearchiGive –
Anytime you need to do a search online, please use these search engines and designate your money to go to HELP Humane Society. Doesn’t cost you a thing and gets us much needed funds.

Shelter Buddies –
We are well below our goal of 2000 Shelter Buddies; please consider talking to your friends about it. Gayle has designed a stunning brochure about it. I am sure she would be happy to email it to anyone that would like to keep copies on their desks or ask friends to sign up. Gayle’s email addy is grhilligoss@embarqmail.com if you would like to receive an electronic copy to distribute.

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Fundraising meeting minutes 2/7/12

In Attendance:  Cyndi D, Diana U, Shannon V, Shirley M, Nicki R, Tamara H

OLD OR ONGOING BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

Volunteers needed:

If you can help out with any of this, please let Cyndi know at cyndi@helphumane.org 816.318.4357

Adoption events outside of the shelter

  • PetSmart Adoption events (Every Saturday 12p-3p)
  • Major advertised PetSmart adoption events (2/10-12, 5/4-6, 9/14-16, 11/2-4)

Front desk help –

  • to show visitors around the shelter, answer phone, greet visitors, 5-8p Tu-Fr (Training provided)

TNR weekend help needed 2/17-19-

  • We have several locations that we need to be working at and need some man/woman power, training provided, please let cyndi@helphumane.org know if you can help

Barn party type fundraiser 

This has been put on the back burner until 2013. We were going to do this in conjunction with the Charity Motorcycle Ride but because of getting started a bit later then we hoped, the ride is scheduled in June. Cyndi thought that this was pushing too close to the BTA. Our hope is to have the 2nd Annual 2 Wheels 4 Paws 2013 ending at a barn party fundraiser.

2/11 “31 Party” at shelter

1-4pm, Diana said everything is in place, we could always use extra help around the shelter during that time period if anyone has time available. Stacy S and Pat J will be bringing goodies for quests.

2/25 “Scentsy Party” at shelter

12-3pm, Would anyone have time to do goodies for this party? Everything else is set to go for this event. Melissa said she has already recd online orders. We could also use help around the shelter this afternoon also

3/3 “HELP Humane day at Belton Bob Evans”

6a-9p We will get 15% of each ticket that is accompanied by one of our flyers. This will run all day, which is awesome, most places only allowed a couple hours. And we are able to do this once a month if we can get it going. We are also able to have a table set up there to hand out Shelter buddy brochures (not the meal percentage flyer) If anyone is available to sit for an hour or so and talk to people about HELP, we really need you. 8a-10a is filled, please let cyndi@helphumane.org or diana@helphumane.org know if you can help out. This is a great opportunity to make a bit of money and get our word out there!

4/28 “Picassos for Pets” (tentative date)

Diana has been checking out some other places for the Picassos this year. Melissa had checked into the Uptown rooms but we were having a hard time with a date there that worked for them and our schedules. Eagles Landing Golf Course has event rooms (in Belton off of 155th st). Miranda will be looking at the place and making a final decision on it. The date was open at the time that Diana called, which would be a really good date for HELP. Miranda is going to need alot of help getting art pieces once the date has been set. If you have connections and/or would like to help with this contact miranda80@aol.com

 

5/5 “Cinco De Meow” at shelter

Stacy had this idea as an adoption event at the shelter. We could reduce the adoption fee to $55 and promote a party to celebrate it. Not too many details are worked out yet, but if you would like to help, we need help! Contact cyndi@helphumane.org

May “Open House and Baby Kitten Shower” at shelter

In the meeting we discussed this being in May and decided that the theme would be “baby kitten shower” again since it really goes over so well. One of our adopters has some ideas to present about having vendor booths at this event, she was unable to make it to the meeting but hopes to make the next one to present the ideas. (On a side note, after looking at the calendar, we will probably move this to end of June)

6/2 “2 Wheels 4 Paws” Charity Motorcycle Ride

We have already made quite a bit of progress on this event. The ride will start at Rawhide Harley in Olathe. Rawhide will be feeding breakfast to the riders before they begin. Someone is planning the route they will go, they will end up at the shelter, which will give us some good exposure. Jack Stack’s BBQ will be catering a meal at the shelter for the riders when they arrive. We already have Rawhide Harley and Belton Animal Clinic and Exotic Care Center as sponsors for the event!! We do have a sponsorship presentation package available if anyone would like a copy, email cyndi@helphumane.org. Cyndi put in a request to have Dave O from Mix 93 at the shelter to “emcee” the goings on there, however, he said he wasnt sure if he could because he was 50/50 on vacation (not sure what that means….LOL) but he wants Cyndi to contact him mid-March to see if we can get Mix 93 involved and he will have a final answer about him emceeing. We discussed whether we should try and get Johnny Dare, Nicki has a contact and so did Diana. So it was decided to work on getting someone else there until mid March. If we could find another DJ etc to commit before Dave O asked me to get back with him, then we will go with whoever we can get to commit.

We will be having a raffle back at the shelter, some tickets will be included in the price of the entry fee along with the Jack Stack meal. We will have tshirts for sale that will have sponsor logos etc on them and the name of the ride. It was suggested by our contact at Rawhide to include the meal in the entry fee and sell the tshirts separately. The entry fee is $25. We are looking for sponsors and raffle donations at this point.  Will need LOTS of help the day of the ride at Rawhide and the shelter. diana@helphumane.org or cyndi@helphumane.org if you can help that day, if you can help getting raffle donations/sponsors.

9/8 5th Annual “A Black Tail Affair”

Cyndi was a bit slow getting this going this year, but now has Ritz Charles booked for 9/8/12, we need a theme though. We like to keep with the “A Night Among/or in”  1st year – A Night Among the Stars, 2nd year – A Night in Vegas 3rd year – A Night Among Heroes and 4th year – A Night of Childhood Memories. We are looking for suggestions from everyone. This is a formal dinner, silent and live auction, scrumptious 5 course meal, HELP presentation. A request to channel 9 has been submitted for Bryan to emcee (waiting to find out on that), Tanna Guthrie has signed on for her second year as auctioneer. We have Belton Animal Clinic and Exotic Care as a host sponsor again. The sponsorship package is almost ready for presentation to potential sponsors if anyone would like a copy to present to anyone. We are looking for auction items also. We need lots of helping getting sponsors and auction items if anyone can help Cyndi@helphumane.org Also looking for free advertising venues along with someone to write press releases and submit to various media.

Mystery Theatre-

This has been tossed around several times and this meeting I added it to the agenda again as we are really in need of some bigger fundraisers and Cyndi believes that this could be one if someone we willing to tackle it. We would need to purchase a “play”, they are cheap online and have some students from local high schools or even colleges that could do the performance. Cyndi doesn’t really think it would be really hard to plan, just need someone willing to head it up J

Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm

Reminders

 

NEW – Adoptashelter.com

Shop online through this website and we receive a portion of the sale when you choose HELP Humane as the shelter you are shopping for. It’s very easy money for HELP

 

Best Choice labels and Paw Points

There are drop boxes for Paw Points and Best Choice food labels in the front room of the shelter. These can be redeemed for animal related items. Paw Points come with Fresh Step litter (Scoop Away isn’t included anymore). The Best Choice brand is available at many local groceries.

 

Recycling to earn the shelter money

HELP accepts aluminum cans, paper (we now have a paper recycling bin located on the side parking lot of the shelter. We will need lots of paper to make this a good fundraiser, so please, bring your newspapers, catalogs, and junk mail and school papers by and drop them in our bin. Also, you can bring your shredded papers, but leave them in a trash bag with holes punched in it, (but please, no phone books) old cell phones, ink and toner cartridges.  This doesn’t get us tons of revenue but its no work, please pass the word and along with that, we are doing our part in helping keep this stuff out of landfills.  We also accept cell phones, inkjet and laser cartridges for recycling.  You can help from filling the landfills in our country and the animals all at one time.  Please contact Shirley at swmaples1@att.net with questions about the cell phone and empty cartridges.

 

Igive.com –

I know you see this month after month.  I ordered printer cartridges from a firm supporting igive and made close to $7 for HELP on a single order.   There are many online merchants that will donate money to HELP through purchases made online.  The purchase price will be the same as if you shopped directly at that site, so this is simply a big bonus for HELP!  Simply go to http://www.iGive.com/HELPHumaneSocietyand sign yourself up.  HELP will receive an added $5 donation the first time you use the program.

Goodsearch.com or iSearchiGive –

Anytime you need to do a search online, please use these search engines and designate your money to go to HELP Humane Society.  Doesn’t cost you a thing and gets us much needed funds.

Shelter Buddies –

We are well below our goal of 2000 Shelter Buddies; please consider talking to your friends about it.  Gayle has designed a stunning brochure about it.  I am sure she would be happy to email it to anyone that would like to keep copies on their desks or ask friends to sign up.  Gayle’s email addy is grhilligoss@embarqmail.com if you would like to receive an electronic copy to distribute.

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Remaining Basket Ideas

  • Family Night In– DVD, board game, cards, snacks
  • Kids Camping– pup tent, flashlight, batteries, items for smores, compass
  • Hiking– backpack, hiking guide, can coolers, swiss army knife, compass, park maps around KC, bug spray, snacks, canned beverages
  • Winter- snow shovel, holiday lights, couch blanket, hot chocolate, sidewalk de-icer
  • Halloween– Halloween decorative items
  • Team Spirit– KU, MU, K State, etc- grill cover, can koozies, pop up ice chest, grill tools, bumper sticker
  • Winter Wonderland– disk sled for the basket, scarf, gloves, hat
  • BBQ– BBQ sauce, meat seasonings, tongs, spatula, skewers, BBQ themed apron, basting brush, grilling cookbook
  • Royals Baseball– Royals bucket, hat or visor, peanuts (in shell), baseball glove, bumper sticker, baseball cards
  • Bookworm– Barnes and Noble gift card, bookmark, lap blanket
  • Tea Time– tea pot, various flavored teas, Godiva dark chocolate truffles, chocolate pretzels, chai and rooibos tea shortbread cookies, chocolate caramels, strawberry preserves, Lily O’Brien’s double chocolate chip cookies and sugar sticks complement the teas.
  • Picnic – picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, cheese, crackers, meats, bug spray, citronella candles
  • Spa– loofah, fragrant soaps and lotions (bath and body works?), bathrobe, candles, bath beads
  • Relaxation– wind chimes, yoga book or cards, meditation book, herbal teas, candles
  • Lottery tickets– lottery scratcher tickets of all kinds
  • Guy’s Night– poker tabletop, poker chips, cards, chip and dip platter, cigars, beer mugs, coasters
  • Hot Wheels – lots of hot wheels cars, trucks, anything with wheels.
  • Dog Spa– dog tote carrier, dog shampoo, bath spray, doggie bathrobe, nail clippers, brush, charms for dog collar
  • For the Birds- bird house, bird seed, bird watching book to identify different types, bird feeder
  • Beer Basket– place all items in a cooler, collection of single bottles of many different beers (some liquor stores do mix/match 6 packs, could also try some of the Boulevard Smokestack series bottles), bottle opener, coasters, pretzels, nuts,
  • Good Luck Gift– four leaf clover items, horseshoe, ladybug, candy, cookies
  • Teacher Gift– items that relate to apples, cinnamon apple tea, apple chips, apple flavored jelly beans, coffee mug, pens/pencils

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Live Auction Item Ideas

Live Auction Ideas

We need 15 live auction items preferably with a value of close to $500 each

According to Tanna, Trips, Food and Wine sell very well at her auctions

Anyone know someone willing to donate:

  • Timeshare stay (one couple donates a 3-4 night stay in Branson each year- looking for something similar to this where we can package it with other options like air fair or a car rental or something)
  • Frequent flier miles- these can be donated
  • Season tickets holder who would donate their seats/parking pass for 1 game (Royals, Chiefs, KU, MU, Sporting KC)

 

Other ideas we need contacts and/or people to ask for donations:

  • KC Ballet tickets (pair with dinner and limo?)

http://www.kcballet.org/performancestickets/buytickets/giftcertificates.html

  • Royals – dugout seats
  • KU tickets to a game (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • MU tickets to a game (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • Howl at the Moon- Happy Hour Party
  • Stanford and Sons- comedy show tickets
  • Dave and Busters- Dinner certificate and gift card to play games
  • Ballroom dancing lessons
  • “Editor for a day” – KC Star
  • Coterie Theater tickets
  • Schlitterbauhn- season passes
  • Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun- season passes
  • T-Bones- tickets and autographed merchandise
  • Sporting KC- Miranda has sent request
  • KC Chiefs- tickets/parking pass (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • KC Symphony- tickets
  • Ballet tickets
  • KC Zoo- painting by an animal and/or campout over night
  • Westin Crown Center- overnight stay
  • Turpentine Creek- feed a tiger, Treehouse bungalow stay
  • Chateau Avalon- Bed and Breakfast, overnight stay
  • Re/Max- Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Jewish Community Center- fitness pass and tickets to a musical
  • Waterway Car Wash- Clean Car Club membership certificate
  • Marriott- overnight stay
  • KC Rep theater- tickets to a show
  • Incred-a-Bowl- happy hour party
  • Gym Membership- 24 hour fitness, community center
  • Jewelry Store- tennis bracelet
  • Hampton Inn at Legends- overnight stay
  • Tivoli Cinema- movie passes
  • AMC Theaters- passes for 2 to a year of movies
  • Bearden’s Stained Glass
  • Limo rental
  • Beauty Brands- basket with products and services
  • Event Space rental- Berg Event Space, 1617 Event Space, Union Station,
  • Boulevard- Beer tasting for 30 people 
  • Car rental certificate
  • Catered dinner party (either by a restaurant or catering company)
  • iPad or Android tablet (Motorola Zoom)
  • Round of golf at a nice course including cart
  • Cooking class with an executive chef
  • Gift card to a high end boutique
  • Amini’s Galleria- has donated a pool table or air hockey table to groups in the past
  • Private tour of the Nelson Art Gallery by a tour docent and lunch at Rozelle Court
  • Wine for a year certificate from a liquor store
  • Chocolate for a year certificate from a chocolatier
  • Roses for a year certificate from florist
  • Single bottles of wine

 

Restaurant Certificates- preferably for a party of 8-10

  • Tasso’s
  • Capital Grille
  • Lidia’s
  • Elephant Bar
  • Bristol
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Houlihans
  • Longhorn
  • Westport flea market (they have done a certificate for 1 free burger and fries each month for a year or a Monday night football party for 25 people with free food and beer for other groups)
  • Cheesecake factory
  • J. Alexanders

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Items still needed for RED day

Please let us know if you have any of these items available to donate for the shelter makeover May 12th.  We are also accepting cash donations and Home Depot or Lowe’s gift cards to purchase the remaining supplies that we cannot get donated.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already offered money and supplies! This makeover is going to make a world of difference for the people that spend every day tireless rescuing and finding homes for our animals.  The shelter will also make a much better impression on all who enter.

RED Day Wish List

1.      Paint supplies- rollers, roller skins, paint brushes, drop cloths and cut in tape (painters tape).

2.      Cleaning supplies & rags (supplies must be low odor)

3.      Either Kilz in spray can or ceiling panels to fix stained ones in the ceiling.

4.      4 office chairs on wheels

5.      12 small scale chairs to put throughout shelter for visitors- something light weight and easy to move

6.      2- 3” binders and clear sheet protectors.

7.      5 large metal industrial shelves ( they have these at Lowe’s they are 72 tall, w/ 16inch shelves, would prefer them to be 24 inches deep if possible)

8.      4- 2 drawer filing cabinets, don’t care what color, but prefer on casters so makes cleaning easier

9.   Letter size manila folders & hanging files

10.   Paintable MDF board and 1 bys to create shelving identical to what is currently in the kitchen. ( 2 shelves high, 24 inches deep and 12 ft long against the wall)

11.   4 new screen door to exam rooms, the current ones are damaged (doors are 32”)

12.   2 metal baby gates to close off front reception area, they have to be the kind you step on to open, lots of the volunteers are older and cannot walk over a gate)

13.   Desk for exam room, so that the other furniture can be tossed, It doesn’t work to store papers and to make that room functional.

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RED Day Shelter Makeover provided by Keller Williams

Wednesday, Mar. 09, 2011

For Amber, HELP and the cats, ‘no’ isn’t going to fly

By Allen Edmonds, The Star Herald

It’s a good thing Amber Branson rarely takes “no” for an answer.

“Nobody’s saying no,” she said. “Everybody has a soft spot for animals.”

The Belton woman’s latest mission comes as a result of her husband’s sales position with Keller Williams Realty. Lonnie Branson joined the firm a couple of years back, and Amber watched as local agents rallied on “RED Day” to gather volunteers and supplies to spruce up Belton’s Head Start headquarters.

The name of the annual May event, a staple for Keller Williams offices nationwide, represents “Renew, Energize and Donate.” Each year, on the second Thursday of May, tens of thousands of Keller Williams associates from across the United States and Canada take the day off, devoting their time to a wide range of projects, renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they work and live.

So for this year’s project, set for May 12, the company’s new KW Cares Charity Coordinator directed her energy toward what she saw as the most immediate need.

Belton’s HELP Humane Society, 511 Main, can use all the help it can get, she said. “A lot of people don’t even know it’s there. They don’t get help from the (national) Humane Society – it seems like they don’t get regular help from anyone. Everything they accomplish is based on individuals doing what they can.”

And with her love for cats, the choice was a natural once she was put in charge of organizing RED Day on a local basis.

With project day more than two months away, there’s more than enough preparation needed to ensure the commitment’s success, she said. To that end, she has lined up local businesses to donate supplies, skilled labor and cash, and is seeking more.

“Tom O’Connor with Carpet-for-Less is re-doing 20 cat trees. I don’t think people realize what’s involved in that – carpeting 20 structures that look like jungle gyms.”

In addition, she has lined up the cleaning service she uses for the rental units she operates, Brenda Maddox; construction services and supplies from C&M Builders; a plumber, Brian Williams; and an electrician, Mike Godsell.

Cash donations have come from such sources as Matt Davidson of State Farm Insurance in Raymore and Bryan Mallory of Country Club Bank in Raymore.

And she’s still seeking more, not only from businesses, but from individuals. “We could use Home Depot gift cards – $5 at a time would really help,” she said. “Scoopable cat litter, all kinds of supplies to keep them going.”

She said donors need to be conscious of the types of supplies that are provided, and the society’s Website (www.helppets.org) contains a list of the products that are in constant need. “We need to remember that some of the cats that live there spend their entire lives there. Our goal is to give them a comfortable life. This is truly a no-kill shelter.”

Uncaged, the cats roam free throughout most of the facility, sleep in their chosen favorite spots and climb the cat trees.

Directed by Cindi Dill, the shelter established itself at its current location in 2005, and houses dozens of cats and kittens.

Branson can be reached at 816-830-8661, or by email at amber@lonniebranson.com.

aedmonds@thestar-herald.com

 

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Rock the Paw 2011

Awesome band GUS will perform! Drink and food specials, raffle!… Come participate in any or ALL!!! Tickets on sale now!
This just in – For raffle – 32″ Flat Screen TV from Matt Davidson (State Farm Agent/Raymore, MO) 2-$25 gift certs from Balls Price Chopper!

Prizes are:
32″ Flat Screen TV
Starlight Tickets w/Parking Pass to The King & I
Round of Golf for 2 w/cart @ Country Creek Golf Course
Whistle Stop Gift Basket
$50 Price Chopper Card
& more!

Contact HELP to purchase tickets to the event $5 in advance or $7 at the door!
Come Hang Out with US! It will be a FUN NIGHT!!

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