Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Really Important Raffle!!!


One of my favorite artists is raffling for a great cause near and dear to every animal lovers' heart!!
A Place To Bark
is a very unique, very special and a VERY IMPORTANT doggie half-way house! A woman named Bernie Berlin founded it and runs it. She is, basically, a one-woman dynamo. I just learned about A Place To Bark on one of my favorite artists, Claudine Hellmuth's blog.
Claudine is currently having a very generous raffle to drive donations for A Place To Bark.

Original art © Claudine Hellmuth

The background:
See, there is this site called Sixdegrees.org which drives donations to worthy causes, and if Bernie's A Place To Bark is in the top four, Bernie will win a $50,000 grant to help keep A Place To Bark going strong. This is a woman who has been saving pets, all on her own, since 2001. She receives no financial assistance from the government. She supports A Place To Bark through her own art sales (yes - she is an artist, too!!) and through private donations. Check out her site - she's gotten some air time on the local news, and there is a video reel on the home page. You can get a very good sense of Bernie and the wonderful work she does with these beautiful, sweet and lovable abandoned animals through the video!!

The general donation is $10, but the number of donations matters more than amount donated! The four top 'badges' on the site Sixdegrees.org by January 31 will be the charities that have received the most number of unique donations. EACH OF THE TOP FOUR CHARITIES will receive a $50,oo0 donation courtesy of America's Giving Challenge!!! Fabulous!!! Remember, the cut-off date is January 31, so please, do your donating before then!!

Claudine is raffling off an original work of art, PLUS, several copies of her wonderful books!!

To enter her raffle, make a donation using DONATE button on her web site, or click on the "Donate" button below, and in the "dedication" section, put in "Claudine Hellmuth Gift".

Please help Bernie continue her work saving these animals!! Enter Claudine's raffle, and tell your family and friends about it, too!!

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