Volunteers Raise Thousands for Local Animal Shelters

Concession Stand Collaborative Creates Cash For Local Cats and Dogs

Potsdam NY, June 30, 2015: Did you attend any events in Lake Placid over the last nine months? Did you buy any snacks at the concession stands?

If you did, a portion of your dollars came right back here to St. Lawrence County to support the important work ofCenter Plate photo animal rescue programs around the County.

Since last October, more than 100 volunteers from the Potsdam Humane Society (PHS)  and Gouverneur’s Friends 4 Pound Paws and Yellow Lake Rescue raised over $17,000 by participating in a unique fundraising opportunity provided by the catering service Centerplate, a hospitality partner of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), in Lake Placid. Hundreds of hotdogs, plenty of pretzels, pounds of popcorn, and more were sold by volunteers manning Centerplate’s concession stands at Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex, and Olympic Sports Complex. A percentage of these concession sales went directly to the three programs to support their activities. Among the events volunteers had ringside seats at were Whiteface Mountain’s Oktoberfest, the World Cup Freestyle Jumping at the Jumping Complex, and Stars on Ice, Synchronized Figure Skating, and the ECAC Hockey Championships at the Herb Brooks Arena.

PHS Board Member Betty Wolf, who coordinated the volunteers said, “I am impressed by the many folks who stepped up to make this series of events so successful. Special thanks go out to SUNY Potsdam’s Geology Club, SUNY Canton’s Vet Tech Club, and Norwood-Norfolk Central School’s Key Club for providing dozens of additional volunteers. We all had a great time and are looking forward to next year.”

Alysia Maynard, the Potsdam Humane Society’s Executive Director, said “Centerplate has become an important partner in providing funds to maintain and expand the work we do here at the shelter. In addition to helping us defray the costs of caring for our furry friends, Betty and her volunteers enabled us to install a much needed grooming station at no cost to our local community.

Anyone interested in volunteering for next season’s events should contact the Potsdam Humane Society at 315-265-3199 or moc.sppasyawduolc.3718793-407306-sserpdrowobfsctd@retlehs

(L-R) CenterPlate’s Executive Chef Danielle Moody, Catering Sales Manager Ashley O’Reilly, Sous Chef Matthew Roberts, General Manager Robert Zborowski; Potsdam Humane Society’s Tina Flanagan,  Betty Wolf, Susan Kramer, Bonnie Preyer, Ruth Huckle, (kneeling) Regina Caswell, Jessica Slapper, Alysia Maynard, and Alvin.

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