Second annual Lennie’s Kids ‘Bark-in-the-Park’

Published 5:35 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lennie (center) and other Bark-in-the-Park participants from last year's fundraiser. (photo submitted)

Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Harmon Field walking trails Lennie’s Kids will be raising money for the organization.
Lennie’s Kids works with Foothills Humane Society and local vets to assist sick, injured and abandoned animals by helping provide medical care and placing them in foster and forever homes.
A large percentage of these animals come into the shelter with high-level heartworms and are difficult to adopt out because of the extraordinary expense to treat this condition.
Rather than euthanize these animals, Lennie Rizzo of Lennie’s Kids finds willing adopters or foster homes and then takes on much of the financial responsibility for their medical care himself, giving them a second chance.
To participate in this fundraiser, walkers (with or without their pets) are asked to get family, friends, co-workers and even strangers to sponsor them by donating money for Lennie’s Kids.
There is no minimum donation required. Walkers can collect money from sponsors and bring it, along with their walking shoes, on Nov. 5 to take part in this event.
Harmon Field’s trail is just over one mile, and participants can walk as much or as little as they desire, even looping multiple times if they wish.
Dogs must be properly leashed. Company, church and school groups are encouraged to take part. There will be concessions for lunch with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and drinks available, with all proceeds going to Lennie’s Kids.
There will also be a large raffle with many gift certificates and items donated by local businesses.
Last year Lennie’s Kids gave away nearly $2,000 in prizes. All school age children that get sponsors for any amount and participate in Bark-in-the-Park will get free lunch from the concessions. Lennie’s Kids T-shirt, decals, buttons and bags will be on sale for the first time ever.
Pictures and designs for these products will be posted soon and those interested will be able to preorder yourssize and color if desired.This event is sponsored by Gibbs Welding and Crane Service, Inc. in Landrum.
To register to participate, please call their office at 864-457-4544 and ask for Ami or Terri or email
– article submitted

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