The Wine and Cheese Fundraiser in September broke last year's record for money raised despite a smaller attendance, no doubt due to the horrendous thunder, lighting, and heavy rain of the night before (and maybe the 100 or so wild fires the storm produced). With all the wild weather it was fortunate that the event committee had elected to use one big tent in the vineyard on Tejon Ranch. Although it was not needed for protection from the elements it seemed to gather participants and activities together to produce a great deal of good-natured banter and bidding "wars." Music matching the lighthearted mood of the afternoon was provided by the very talented singer and guitarist Cary Park. The event netted over $9,000 - which put us well on the way to getting bids for the finish electric, finish plumbing, and front porch. Many thanks to event coordinators Sue Alberti, Michelle Maga, Lianne Snyder, Michi Knight, and Debbie McNeeley Alice Crandall, Pam Wheeler, and Candace Huskey and auctioneer Knute Johnson and of course our wonderful sponsors - Centennial Founders LLC, Frazier Mountain Internet, (continued p. 5) TXI Texas Industries, Ace Hardware & Lumber, Frazier Mountain Real Estate, Antelope Valley Bank , All Seasons Realty, and Frazier Mountain Community Health Center.
The Thrift Store continues to be our most effective fund raising enterprise. The volunteers not only give their time but also their energy, experience and imagination to continuously improving the the stores ability to serve their customers. Without the volunteers, the donors and the customers there would be no shelter building! (please see more Thrift Store news by manager Judy Cadman on page 3.)
Thank you to ALL of our donors this year. This last year has been a terrific for for SOTH and your support has been instrumental in bringing us closer to the goal building a local haven for lost and abandoned animal in the mountain communities.
As important as your financial support is to us - and it is very important - we are just as grateful for your membership and what your membership represents. The people, organizations, and agencies we deal with need to know that SOTH has has large and loyal following - and that knowledge gives our dealings with them extra weight. It also gives SOTH the knowledge that the organization is still on the right track with our members to accomplish the goal of a local animal shelter.
Renewing your membership investment in SOTH is vital to accomplish the goal of building a safe, sanitary and secure shelter to house the stray dogs and abandoned cats left on our community's collective doorstep. Please take a few moments to renew right now by filling out the form on the back page of this newsletter today. With your continued support we can finish this building and start serving the lost, stray and abandoned animals here in the mountain communities. Please, do it now. The animals are out there.
Candace Huskey, President
P.O. Box 275
Frazier Park, CA 93225