The Woof-a-Thon event was founded by Wilma Spike. She presented the idea to the North Beach PAWS organization in 2012 as a possible fundraiser. While many doubted such an event could actually come together and raise significant funds, Wilma forged ahead gathering friends and family to help her put on the event.
Much to many people's surprise, not only did the event happen, but it raised over $9000! >>
All the volunteer's time and effort, as well as all the donor's contributions went to support the needy animals and made the year a rousing success!
The event was such a success, that Wilma and her crew decided to form their own non-profit 501c3 charity, and the 2013 event raised nearly $10000 for 4 worthy charities! They plan to continue the event annually and raise funds for additional worthy animal related charities. All are excited for the future of Ocean Shores Woof-a-Thon and all the good that can be done to help more needy animals.
2014 was a record breaking year topping $11,000 in donations and sponsorships and upwards of 300 people in attendance at the event. Of course our plans are to break records each and every year with all the wonderful help from the community, our volunteers and our sponsors.
This year we focused more time and effort on communications via email and Facebook and we saw an outpouring of support and positive feedback on the fun everyone had, and the notoriety our event has gained in our area with more and more people planning to attend.
We had one of our best years ever! A fun day in August at North Bay Park. A total of $10000 in proceeds was raised and distributed equally to our four very worth charity beneficiary organizations.
Our sincerest thanks to all those who have volunteered, coordinated, donated, sponsored and provided valuable advice and assistance. We couldn't do it without you! Bottom line, it's all to help the animals.
Businesses came forward with support of funds and in-kind donations of everything from water to pet treats to toys and more. Vendors hopped on the bandwagon and brought out their wares to offer to participants and to support the cause.
Individuals sent in and collected donations and came from all over to support the event.
The sun shined down on that first event in August of 2012 and everyone had a wonderful time.
A collective gasp was heard. At the gathering to present the charity benficiaries with their proceeds checks following our August event, a collective gasp was heard when founder Wilma Spike announced that we were disbursing $12000, split between these groups! All the charities were thrilled to receive this support.
We could not have done it without our sponsors, individual donors, donations and raffle income from participants, and the businesses and individuals who donated items for our garage sale and awesome raffle.
With some board and leadership changes and the loss of founder Wilma Spike, we had a bit of decline of our success in fundraising, but the event continued and was enjoyed by all who attended, and our beneficiaries received much needed funds, if not the amount we would have liked to have given.
Patrick Spike returned to the board as chair to help secure his mother's legacy and to reconnect the organization to the community. It was a rousing success by the entire board and $10,000 was disbursed to our beneficiaries with many commenting how happy they were for the revitalization and the fun!
See you at our next event!