News Alert: November 12, 2010
A few weeks ago, we asked you to cast your vote for the Community Engagement Award for the $100K Challenge contestant that has motivated its community the most during the three-month contest. After weeks of energetic outreach and a lively voting period, we’re pleased to announce that the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society in Menands, NY, Tallahassee (FL) Leon Community Animal Service Center, and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (CO) have received the highest number of public votes to become finalists for the $25,000 award. All three organizations are also in the running to win the $100K grand prize.
“These animal welfare organizations have committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of animals,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “When they took on the ASPCA's $100K Challenge, they not only succeeded in saving at least 300 more animals during the contest period than they did a year ago, but they also rallied their communities in support behind them. That is why they are finalists for this award.”
An ASPCA grants committee will now deliberate and select a winner from the three finalists based on the number of people with whom the contestant shelter engaged during the Challenge; the breadth of ways the community participated; and the level of community enthusiasm as evidenced by photos, stories, news coverage and videos posted on the Challenge website.
From August to October, each $100K Challenge contestant worked to save at least 300 more animals than they did during the same period in 2009. The organization that achieved the greatest increase during the three-month period will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. Winners will be announced during the first week of December, so please stay tuned to ASPCA.org to learn which shelters are taking home the $25K Community Engagement Award and the $100K grand prize!