♥ Local Business Leaders Help Fund "Chad Fuller" Community Room in New Animal Shelter
Local businesses are stepping up to the $20,000 challenge set by the "Labor of Love" Capital Campaign of the Potsdam Humane Society. Thanks to these animal loving small businesses, nearly half of the challenge has been met.
This business challenge will provide the funds for the "Chad Fuller Memorial" Community room in the new shelter. Chad gave the supreme sacrifice for his country in August of 2003 while serving in Afghanistan. A Potsdam native, Chad often volunteered at the shelter while going to Potsdam High School. With a broad smile on his face, he lovingly helped with the needy shelter animals. It is a fitting tribute Mr. Fuller to construct this room in his honor, with a comfortable seating area where children from the local schools and other groups of people from the community will gather, to learn and improve the quality of life both for humans and animals in the Potsdam area.
Many local business owners have started "rolling in the dough" to build the Chad Fuller community room. Angelo Landi has hosted four special fundraising dinners at his restaurant on Maple Street, over the past three years which has realized $5000 for the new animal shelter. The Ashley House in Norwood has a PHS corner, which specializes in animal jewelry and other interesting animal related, modestly priced items. All of the proceeds of these sales are returned to the Humane Society for operations. The Halfords have held quality raffles and continuously find ways to creatively support the shelter. Daryl Klanko of Potsdam Agway underwrites ads for PHS, provides animals with exposure to possible adoptive families by inviting animals to his store, and generously donates to the building fund. Birthday announcements can be displayed on his red lettered electric sign for $3...all of which is given to PHS.
Bob Scott and Larry Martin of Scott Auto Center also surprised the animals with a generous check! Ed Close of TJ Toyota, Tim and Cathy Connelly of North Country Neighbors and Lucas and Sarah Manning of Partridge Cafe have made substantial contributions as well. Lucas sat gained a great deal of attention to the building project, which resulted in thousands of dollars in donations, as he sat on his roof all day on February 13th of last year.
What a great team! These business leaders are now asking other businesses to help PHS reach the finish line. No gift is insignificant. A large number of small gifts will add up to build a room to serve the community well!
The PHS Capital Campaign is over 81% funded. The finish line is in sight. Building is expected to begin this year. With a modest amount from a lot of people in North Country communities, the leaky roof, ailing boiler, cramped conditions, newly admitted animals housed with healthy adoptable animals, will be a thing of the past.
Donations may be mailed to the Potsdam Humane Society at 17 Madrid Avenue in Potsdam. PHS is a not for profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible. Please visit PHS's website at potsdamhumanesociety.org for more information.