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On Saturday, the Madison County Humane Society hosts its annual Pennies for Paws fundraiser at the Richmond Centre Fountain.
Eve Secrist of the Humane Society Animal League for Life provides more details.
1 Why did you all decide to do an event such as Pennies for Paws?
Pennies for Paws originally started 5 years ago as an idea brought to us from Tammy Cornett with the Richmond Summer Music Series at the Richmond Centre fountain area. Apparently the Bent Penny Band got rained out on a Friday night and everyone thought playing a rain date for charity would be a great idea. Tammy knew the Humane Society needed funds to operate so we came to mind, and, as it turns out, the Bent Penny Band members are all huge animal lovers too. Including a car show at the event was an idea that came about for the second year and now we have the Bent Penny's Pennies for Paws 4th Annual Car Show. Proceeds support the Humane Society Animal League for Life's Adoption, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter, and Trap, Neuter, Return programs.
2 What can people expect at the event?
The car show has grown tremendously since our first year. We had about 100 cars and trucks show last year and this year, we're having motorcycles too thanks to Bernie's Custom Bikes sponsoring those trophies, so we expect it to be even bigger. Registration starts at 4 p.m. if anyone wants to register their vehicle for only $10. The car show goes from 4-8 p.m.. We'll have Top 30, Best GM, Chevy, Mopar, Import, Top 3 Bikes and People's Choice trophies. It's a lot of fun seeing all the shined-up vehicles and talking to the car owners. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their vehicles and they also enjoy helping animals at the same time. Many of them bring their own dogs too. It is one of my favorite events.
If you have a dog, you won't want to miss our $10 doggy toe nail trims going on from 4-7 p.m. courtesy of Harriet Spivey and Jen Owen with Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa. Doggy nail trims are offered to the public for a suggested donation of $10 to the Humane Society, maybe more if you have a big or difficult dog. That's one of the fun parts of this event, so many people bring their dog out and include them in the fun. We will have doggy wading pools too in case your furry friend wants to take a dip.
During the entire event, we'll have food vendors including Mad Scoops Ice Cream, Kettle Masters, hot food on the grill, face-painting, door prizes, silent auctions and more, all while enjoying live music. The Bent Penny Band plays from 7-9 p.m. Bent Penny plays 50s music, Eagles and Elvis, so they have a little something for everyone. Before the night is over, the Bent Penny Band will have everyone up and dancing by the fountain — they get everyone on their feet. Everyone is welcome to come out and stay awhile — bring a lawn chair, your family and your dog — they are family too, right?
3 Is there a cost to attend?
While there is no cost to attend, this is a fundraiser for the Humane Society, so it is our hope that folks will donate a little something while they are there to help our furry friends here in Madison County. So, dig deep in your couch cushions or rob the piggy band for a good cause. In years past, we've had dozens of people bring zip lock bags or coffee cans full of money. It is heartwarming to have support from our community. Animals in our community certainly need us to look out for them to the best of our ability and we need more support for adoption and for spaying and neutering to help curb the overpopulation of animals that we have right here.
4) Will there be an adoptable pets there?
The Humane Society will have our own adoptable dogs and puppies arriving at 6 p.m. that can be viewed and petted throughout the evening. Come check us out, you might just find your new best friend. We hope to have some adorable Chihuahua mix puppies with us that evening — all in need of a forever home.
5) If someone would like to make a donation to the humane society, how can they do that?
If you cannot attend and still want to make a donation to help, checks can be sent to Humane Society Animal League for Life, P.O. Box 2094, Richmond, KY 40476. Donations can be made online at www.humanesocietyall.com or in person on Saturdays from 12-5 PM at 128 Big Hill Avenue in Richmond.
Five more for the weekend, week ahead:
• The Taste of Richmond is an annual event that takes place in the heart of the Richmond Centre on Friday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m. It is a night of outdoor family fun featuring a live band and all you can eat tastings from Richmond's finest restaurants and local dining establishments!
• Berea College Farm Store Lunch & Walk on Saturday, June 22, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Join for a very casual lunch at the Berea College Farm Store (Organic soup, sandwich, pizza, tarts, etc.) Afterwards, go for a walk at Berea Park.
• Fourth Saturday Contra Dance on Saturday, June 22, Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 W Jefferson St., Berea. Saturday's dance starts with a beginner’s session, from 7:30-8 p.m. that will teach you everything you need to know, then dance the night away to foot-stomping live music, and a rotating cast of experienced callers. For more details call (859) 985-5501 or go to bereacontradance.org.
• The Madison County Breast Cancer Support Group is hosting an afternoon tea Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. All ladies who have any type of cancer or are survivors of cancer are invited to join us at The First Presbyterian Church at 330 West Main Street in Richmond. The event is free to all. No RSVP is required. Wear your best dress, fancy hat and gloves or come as you’re comfortable!
• Welcome Wednesday at First Presbyterian will be held June 26 at 6 p.m. A free spaghetti dinner is offered to anyone in our community, generally on the last Wednesday of the month. Following dinner, there is hymn singing and conversation with those who attend. Dinner is served in the Fellowship Hall on the second floor. Parking with an elevator nearby is available beneath the church. Everyone is welcome.
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