Leadership Huntingdon County Class of 2012 – Group 1 Project
Group Members: Jinny Cooper, Lori Hughes, Maggie Hays, Pam Stern, Glenda Strong
This group chose the Huntingdon County Humane Society as the community organization we wanted to help for our Class Project.
After meeting with the Humane Society Executive Director, Kim Whittaker, the group was surprised to learn of the safety concerns that the shelter staff deals with every day. Unfortunately, the Humane Society has been the victim of multiple break ins and, while no money is left overnight, the damage to the building has been extensive at times. And, there is a safety risk to the animals in their care. The group asked Whittaker, “What is the one thing that would help you the most with this situation?” Kim’s reply was simple: security cameras. The Leadership Huntingdon County Class Project took legs from there.
Fundraising began with a bake sale at Mayfest and ended with a Full-Moon Boat Cruise for the Critters with over 100 people in attendance. More than 40 Huntingdon, Fulton and Bedford county businesses made donations in support of the cause and more than 100 people enjoyed a three-hour cruise on Raystown Lake on the Princess tour boat, with Seven Points Marina donating the boat and crew for the evening.
At graduation ceremonies on May 24, 2012, the LHC 2012 Class, Group 1, delivered a check to the Sandee Warsing (President of the HCHS Board of Directors) and Kim Whittaker made out to the Huntingdon County Humane Society in the amount of $6,500.00. The news got even better when it was announced that the security cameras have been donated, anonymously, which left all additional funds for shelter operations, which are so desperately needed at this time.