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3rd Volunteer Meeting Reveals Desperate Need for Help The situation, as we all know, is dire. The current Hi-Tor Animal Shelter is on its last legs. The county insists that the building needs over $650,000 in repairs. Hi-Tor does not have that kind of money; it has been losing money, over $100,000 for the last three years, mainly because of the decision to stop euthanizing animals due to lack of space. A recent letter from the county, regarding the new land for the shelter, had a negative tone and was very disheartening. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Donald Franchino, Roberta Bangs, Arlene Kahn and all of the volunteers dedicated to Rebuild Hi-Tor are providing that light. Franchino, our Chair of Fundraising, refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer. The county’s letter did not deter him; he’s run into resistance before in all of his many fundraisers. He has always powered through. At the meeting in Haverstraw on Tuesday, September 11th, Franchino spoke of the importance of the Rebuild effort, and informed the crowd of volunteers that there is already $20,000 in the account. “People want to help. They want to donate.” He explains, “If we got just $5 from every family in Rockland, our work would be done: we’d have the money for the new shelter.“ Franchino spoke of the new facility details and stressed that it would be
eco-green with solar panels and would be virtually maintenance-free. He also hopes to build two dog runs that would be open to the general public as well as the dogs in the shelter. This would draw the public to the shelter and make it a place they want to support. After the building is completed, ongoing fundraisers will help fund the shelter.
If we got just $5 from every family in Rockland, our work would be done; we’d have the money for the new shelter. A big push is soliciting corporate donations, which is being overseen by our Corporate Outreach Coordinator, Kathleen Brennan. We also want to contact as many accountants as we can so that they can keep Rebuild Hi-Tor in mind if their clients are looking for a worthy end-of-year tax donation. If you know of any accountants who might be interested in this cause, please send their names to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep them informed. Haverstraw Supervisor Howard T. Phillips joined the meeting and even bought a Rebuild Hi-Tor t-shirt! He spoke of the budget woes that Haverstraw is currently having, but was relieved to know that Rebuild Hi-Tor’s plan is to build the new shelter exclusively with donations.
Cover drawing by Keri Katt-Fava. Newsletter design by Jillane Ferreira.
Knowing that there is not much money in town budgets for the animal shelter does not worry Don Franchino. “This shelter will be 100% donated,” he said. Supervisor Phillips said they’d be happy to help out in our fundraising efforts. Starting in October, a Rebuild Hi-Tor jar will placed in Haverstraw Town Hall to solicit donations. Supervisor Phillips also suggested an alternate site for the new shelter at the old hospital building in Letchworth. He feels it is a great building that would suit our needs. Franchino stressed that donations of materials are important and can start immediately. Any donations will be stored at the Fire Training Center next to the current shelter. The meeting ended on an inspirational note, with a t-shirt of “Lilly, the Hero Pit Bull,” who saved her owner from a train and lost a leg in the process. Lilly was a shelter dog and her owner is certainly grateful that she adopted her! Don would love for Lilly to attend some events as a mascot for Hi-Tor, a true reminder of the animals we are all working to help by Rebuilding Hi-Tor!
Next Rebuild Hi-Tor Meeting in Stony Point The next meeting for Rebuild Hi-Tor will take place on September 27 at 7pm at the
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Kirkbride Hall, 5 Patriot Hills Dr, Stony Point, NY; corner of Willow Grove and Letchworth Village roads. Volunteers who attend these meetings can learn about the new shelter, ask questions or sign up for a committee. Committees include: Fundraising, Correspondence, Events, Political Outreach, Corporate/Business Outreach, and Public Relations. Do you want to help the animals but you’re not sure how? Stop by and find out the many different ways, large and small, that YOU can be a part of rebuilding Hi-Tor for our furry friends.
SEPTEMBER 15th • 11am–3pm 180 North Main Street, New City Volunteer Tom Leavey is spearheading a dog adoption and fundraising event outside of the Stop & Shop in New City on Saturday, September 15 from 11am to 3pm. Please stop by, support Rebuild Hi-Tor, and meet some of our loving and adoptable dogs!
PLEASE JOIN US: A meeting for all volunteers TUES, OCTOBER 2nd • 7:30pm Nanuet High School 103 Church Street, Nanuet We will be having a big volunteer meeting to coordinate all of our committees and stay organized! Please stop by and let us know that we can count you in! Meeting will be held in the main auditorium.
every donation helps! VISIT THE SUFFERN FARMER’S MARKET this saturday, SEPTEMBER 15TH from 8am–1pm and be sure to visit Rebuild Hi-Tor’s table. There will also be a litter of adorable kittens available for adoption!
UPCOMING EVENTS BAKE SALE! Sunday, September 30th Rockland Beverage Congers, NY • 12–6pm Mark your calendar for a yummy event – volunteer Kiersten Lauen will hold a fundraising bake sale to benefit Rebuild Hi-Tor. It will take place at Rockland Beverage (57 Lake Road) in Congers on Sunday, September 30th. Chris Baisley, owner of Rockland Beverage, has generously offered to donate a percentage of the days’ sales to our cause as well. Thank you Kiersten and Chris! Enjoy some great treats and support Rebuild Hi-Tor!
3 mile run/walk Sunday, October 28th Pomona, NY • 9am Get some exercise while supporting Hi-Tor! Pets will be available for adoption that day! Everyone wins! For more info and to download a form to sign up for the race, go to www.rebuildhitor.org. All proceeds go to Hi-Tor and Rebuild Hi-Tor! Awards will be presented to top male and female finishers under 30, 30-40, 40-50, and 50+. T-shirts for everyone! (not guaranteed for race day entrants).
WE NEED RACE DAY VOLUNTEERS! You can still participate even if you’re not ready to run! We need volunteers to sign in participants, set up tables, hand out water along the way and at the finish line. Come out and support our Rebuild!
Sponsor the event & be featured on our race day t-shirt! Main Sponsor – $1,000 Sleeve sponsor (2) – $500 Sponsor – $250 Please contact Peggy Marzell at Mvero50@aol.com for more info or to sign up!
Bring this flyer with you when you eat at Chiliâ€™s in Nanuet on October 15th from 5-10pm, and youâ€™ll be helping to Rebuild Hi-Tor!
CHILI'S IS PROUD TO SUPPORT
Hi Tor Animal Shelter With each flyer presented on Save Hi Tor Animal Shelter night, Chili's will donate 10% of the sales you bring in to your organization. Let us do the cooking and support Save Hi Tor Animal Shelter at the same time.
Save Hi Tor Animal Shelter night is: October 15th, 2012 from 5 pm - 10 pm only at:
Chili's - Nanuet 255 East Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954-2902 845-623-6305 - www.chilis.com
We look forward to seeing you here.
Give Back Night flyer required with each check to receive credit for the sale. Sale cannot be included in donation amount without flyer. Offer only valid on the date and location stated above. Donations will not be given on sales made prior to or past this date.
You Can Help Rebuild Hi-Tor, Brick by Brick! You have the unique opportunity to secure a permanent place in the history of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, while helping to ensure its future, by participating in our Brick Paver Fundraiser. These bricks will be used in a special walkway around the new shelter that will be a permanent legacy for all of the animal lovers who helped make it possible. Help us pave the way to a new shelter for our beloved animals! Create your own message by sending in the form found online at www.rebuildhitor.org. Need ideas? • Honor a special pet or family member • Thank a favorite volunteer • Memorialize a lost loved one or pet • Make a gift for your whole family • Celebrate a special occasion • Recognize your own contribution • or whatever you choose!
Have a Favorite Local Business? Get them on Our Bucket List! Raising money and getting the word out about Hi-Tor has never been so easy! Request a “donation bucket” from Hi-Tor or just make your own! You can use a pretzel rod container or coffee can – just cut a hole in the top large enough for bills and coins. Contact volunteer@RebuildHiTor.org for the graphics to place on your bucket, as well as a letter that you can use to approach businesses when asking for your bucket to be placed. Collect the money from it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and send the check to Hi-Tor. What a great way to help Rockland’s animals, who are counting on you!
NEW PLACES ON OUR BUCKET LIST: Suffern’s Fieldhouse – 10 Indian Rock Plaza, Route 59 in Suffern, NY OPA Breakfast & Sandwich Shop – 29 Third Street, New City, NY (both placed by volunteer Elyse Stoller)
Contact volunteer@RebuildHiTor.org to receive the artwork to start your own bucket list! Have you placed a donation bucket at a local business? Email email@example.com with the details so we can let everyone know!
do you WANT to help Rebuild Hi-Tor, but only have a couple of hours to spare? Volunteer to man our table at the Palisades Mall!
If you have a little time to spare, please consider manning a shift at the Hi-Tor Information Booth at the Palisades Mall. The need for volunteers is ongoing. If you would like to sign up for a shift for this weekend or upcoming weekends, please contact Mary Lenahan at MLenahan@aol.com, with your availability. Our presence in a busy setting like the mall is key in getting the word out about the Rebuild. Visitors come from throughout the county to the mall, and many might not even realize Hi-Tor’s plight, and would love to donate to our cause, or even volunteer to help the Rebuild effort. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please consider donating a few hours of your time to help our lonely pets.
ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: If you’ve volunteered your time at the mall, we’d love to see your photos. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get the word out about our wonderful helpers!
Calling all accountants! If you or your accountant know of anyone who could use a 501(c)(3) tax write-off, Rebuild Hi-Tor is the perfect choice! You can help rebuild our shelter, help the abandoned animals, and help your finances at the same time! Just go to our website, RebuildHiTor.org and click the “donate” tab! Or, simply send a check to: Hi-Tor Animal Care Center PO Box 913 Nanuet, NY 10954
September 13, 2012 issue of the Rebuild Reporter