August 1, 2008

Carolyn Livengood Column: Struttin’ Mutts

By Carolyn Livengood

"This event raises funds and awareness for shelter animals ... and also makes a greater number of treatable animals well so they, too, can be adopted," said humane society president Ken White.

Participants can also enjoy animal-related vendor booths, animal demonstrations, prizes and music. Dogs can compete in pre-walk contests to earn the title of "Best Kisser,""Most Talented" or "Best Costume."

Besides the $26 registration fee (the cost is $30 after Aug. 8), the humane society encourages participants to collect pledges and will give prizes to individuals at the $100, $200, $300, $400 and $600 levels. The top fundraiser can win a night's stay at pet- friendly Stanford Inn in Mendocino.

Coyote Point Park is open to dogs just this one day each year. Dogs must be leashed. Only one dog is allowed per walker. All participants need to park at Coyote Point Park, where parking is $1 for this event.

Questions? Contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara at 650-340-7022 ext. 375 or [email protected]

Besides the chicken farming project, the matching grant provides funds to rebuild and restore clean water wells and pipelines destroyed in the recent floods, septic tanks and latrine blocks for sanitation, and computers and educational materials for the learning center.

"In June 1990, I traveled to Guatemala and visited an uncle who was active in a Lions Club," said Bergman, who received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her acceptance speech. "I was interested in how he visited children in the hospital, which was later named after him, and I attended several fundraisers there. My uncle was hoping I'd become a Lion -- well, it worked."

Lion Alan Hafter was chosen by outgoing president Dave Keller to receive the 2008 Lion of the Year award. Hafter also won the award in 1999. Keller also gave plaques to his 2007-2008 board members and committee chairs,including a special award to Isaac Mejia for his many contributions.

The Lions' Leo Club at Capuchino High School and its advisor, Lion past president Charles "Smitty" Smith, gave a special award to Keller for his support. Leo clubs provide youths an opportunity for development and contribution as responsible members of the community.

Keller was also recognized for his successful presidency and was presented a gift from the club.