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April 7, 2010 > Philanthropists urge community to contribute

Philanthropists urge community to contribute

Submitted By Kelly Grant

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), a non-profit organization offering quality adoptions, medical care, education programs and pet care services has served Silicon Valley for 80 years and found homes for more than 500,000 animals. The Animal Community Center which opened in April 2009 still needs $1.5 million to complete the new building campaign.

Some of the Bay Area’s most visible philanthropists who have made gifts to HSSV’s building campaign include: Carol Bailey; Sue and John Diekman; HSSV Board Chair Melissa and Clyde Dyrdahl; HSSV’s Board Secretary Sue and Dick Levy; HSSV Board Members Judy and George Marcus, and Beth and Chuck Travers. They appear in a video on HSSV’s website and other social media outlets discussing the new Animal Community Center's unique programs and why they chose to make a gift to the campaign.

“HSSV’s new Center is helping us change the paradigm of how an animal shelter is viewed by our community and how we interact with our community to save more animals’ lives,” said HSSV’s President, Christine Benninger. “We hope animal lovers throughout the Bay Area and beyond will watch this new video, learn more about our exceptional programs and services and then ‘do more’ by following their hearts to help us complete this campaign,” she said.

“If you could wish to design your dream animal shelter, center or sanctuary for animals, this fits the entire dream,” said Beth Travers, featured in the video with her husband Chuck Travers. “This project is a shining example of what a community can do.” Supporters who are interested in naming opportunities may contact HSSV’s Development Department for a personal tour at (408) 262-2133 ext. 134. Other supporters are encouraged to make a donation to the campaign or create their own HSSV personal fundraising page online. All proceeds from these services support the Center's life saving work.

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