The Keri Chase Foundation
For Animal Welfare
Care and Help of Animal Safety Everyday
(A registered Canadian Charity)
FUND RAISING & SALES
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
September 12, 2009 - 10:30AM to 2:30PM
Wal-Mart – Thunder Bay Ontario
Thunder Bay Superior Pets Calendar
Walmart of Thunder Bay is hosting the release of the 7th annual 2010 Thunder Bay Superior Pets Calendar produced by the Foundation at 10:30AM.
Mr. Ken Boshcoff, Trustee of the Keri Chase Foundation, will be accepting the first calendar at 10:30A.M.
Wal-Mart is proud to support the ongoing endeavors of the Keri Chase Foundation and welcomes the opportunity to be a contributing force in the community of Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay pet owners submitted pictures and biographies of their pets, with the best featured in the calendar. All profits from the calendar will be used to support stray, injured and lost animals in the Thunder Bay District and is again expected to raise approximately $12,000.00 towards this cause.
The Foundation appreciates the efforts of Wal-Mart, the various retailers of the calendar and the sponsors that make this project worthwhile and successful.
$10,000.00 Donations to Local Animal Welfare Organizations
On September 12, 2009 at 12 noon at Wal-Mart, Mr. Carl Chase, President and Trustee of The Keri Chase Foundation is pleased to award $10,000.00 to five local registered animal welfare charities (The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, North Superior People Animal Welfare and Safety Inc., The Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Association, Flight of Fancy, New Hope Dog RESQ) and two non-registered animal welfare organizations (Hoofer's Haven and Local Dog Rescue – Troy Way) for use in their support programs to assist animals and relieve animal suffering. The funds were mainly raised over the past year through a mail out appeal campaign, our annual Superior Pets Calendars, a fund raising social.
The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society and PAWS have maintained spay and neutering programs to reduce the number of unwanted pets and ultimately the pain and suffering those pets will meet. These organizations spay and neuter as many animals as possible but unfortunately due to the lack of funds, cannot get them all done. This contribution will enable them to expand their program and provide the new pet owners a small rebate once their animal has been spayed or neutered. The Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Association maintains a herd of horses and provides therapeutic riding opportunities to physically and mentally challenged children and adults. Our contribution is to assist in the care of the horses. Flight of Fancy rescues, cares for, and finds new homes for abandoned exotic birds. Hoofer's Haven and Local Dog Rescue – Troy Way rescue abandoned and abused animals.
The Foundation is a registered Canadian Charitable Foundation and was formed on February 21, 2002 in memory of Keri Coleen Chase, who died in a tragic auto accident on November 24, 2001. Keri was born in Thunder Bay and through her short life of 42 years was forever salvaging injured and stray animals and birds of every description and either finding them homes, or returning them to the wild from which they came. At the age of 14, she had her first colt to save and since then, it has been a steady stream of animals that needed her, and her undemanding love. Her love of animals has been an inspiration to everyone that knew her.
Since its inception, with this donation, the Foundation has donated over $39,000 to local animal support organizations and has a reserve of approximately $100,000 towards a future projects to relieve animal suffering. The Foundation’s goals since inception was to donate annually or bi-annually about 1/3 of its fund raising and retain 2/3 of the fundraising to create a long term investment, the income from which will be used to support animal welfare organizations and to keep the memory of Keri Chase alive.
Please see our web site for more information at: www.thekerichasefoundation.ca