I wanted to take a minute to talk a bit about Bernie Berlin. A lot of you may recognize the name. She also authored the book: Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap. Bernie runs a rescue shelter called "A Place to Bark and Meow" and I have talked about her numerous times on my blog. In fact, my request for Christmas this past year, in lieu of a gift for me, was a donation to Bernie's rescue efforts. Several members of my family complied with my request: Chris, Cheryl, Stephanie, Cindy, donated money and beds (see photo of one of the new beds!) to Bernie's rescue. Bernie has been doing animal rescue for 8 years and needs our help. Read on for my contest too! Here are excerpts of her email she sent out:
I am writing to you, in hopes you will help me make a difference...
As many of you know, I have been doing animal rescue for now, 8 years.
We have grown over the years from helping 10 to 25 a year to now for "2007" over 400 animals. Never had I planned to walk this road for so many years and finally come to the realization that this is going to be a part of my life for a long time to come.
Just recently, we have been given a HUGE opportunity. The first is a matching grant from the "Zoline Foundation". Any donations made to "A Place to Bark" via the badge link will be matched up to $25,000.00 until June 1st, 2007.
In addition to the matching grant we are currently in a contest called "America's Giving Challenge" all donations made, will be counted and if we have the most individual donations by January 31st, 2007, we will win a $50,000.00 grant. If this happens we can build our much needed shelter.
Now, the EXCITING NEWS IS: We are in the top ten!!!
http://www.sixdegrees.org/Top.aspx But we can get knocked out of the running, if we don't keep going!!
We need to be in the top 4 to win the grant money.
I've put it out to the Universe that this is something that I have dedicated my life to and will continue to do so and also continue to do my art in tandem:)
I have to exhaust all my resources for my cause..
I am a registered 501(c)3 with non profit status. Whether we win or not we still will receive the matching grant. Please help spread the word, we so want to make our vision a reality.There is also a video of our current kennels here if you click on the link that is on the badge. I Thank you for your time and truly appreciate any help you can give..
I lost my mind,
But I found my soul.