CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Humane Society of Charlotte held its third annual Women for Animal Welfare luncheon at Myers Park Country Club. The event is an opportunity to recognize local women who are passionate about the work of the Humane Society and make a huge difference in the lives of animals in our community.
This year, Molly Green, a junior at Charlotte Latin, was recognized for her lifelong commitment to the Humane Society of Charlotte. In describing Molly's work, one of her teachers at the Upper School at Charlotte Latin, Dr. Topher Gee, said she was a shining example of passion and compassion.
He described Molly's first philanthropic deed as a very young child.
"She discovered a jar while shopping with her mother. The jar was put out by the Human Society asking for donations and that was Molly's first "ask" on behalf of the animals of Charlotte," said Dr. Gee.
Molly has been holding fundraising dinners and even lemonade stands since she was in elementary school. She has raised close to $13,000 over several years. One speaker calculated that if every person in the room today could raise as much money as Molly, the Humane Society of Charlotte would have over two million dollars in its coffers.
Also recognized was Robin Smith Salzman, co-owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Robin has been a huge support of the Humane Society for several years. Her first gift was in honor of her late mother, who was an animal lover.
The Humane Society said that Robin is there especially when there is an immediate need. Robin thanked the crowd and encouraged everyone to consider giving generously to the Humane Society, which is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization.
The Humane Society depends greatly on the generosity of corporate sponsors. The presenting sponsor for today's luncheon was Charlotte Skin and Laser. Dr. Elizabeth Rostan of Charlotte Skin and Laser laughed about her passion for animals and their well being.
"I already have five furry friends. I can't even go inside the Humane Society anymore or my animal family will grow," joked Dr. Rostan.
Last year the Humane Society placed over 3,000 animals with their forever families and preformed 12,400 spay neuter clinics. We also learned of a wonderful program the Humane Society is doing to help unchain dogs. They have helped families who can't afford fencing build fences so family pets can run free and be safe.
Humane Society of Charlotte board member Beth Monaghan, told the crowd to imagine the peace and joy their pets bring them and how wonderful it would be for the Humane Society of Charlotte to help even more families next year.
The luncheon is a major fundraiser for the Humane Society. They have not tallied the money raised today. But, Shelly Moore, President and CEO of HSC, assured the crowd the money will be put to good used providing good care, shelter, and brighter futures for homeless animals in our area.
I was thrilled to be the emcee again this year. It is lovely to see so many professional women whom I admire. It wasn't surprising at the end of the luncheon to see so many pulling out their check books to contribute.
If you are interesting in helping the Humane Society of Charlotte, their next big fundraiser will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Ties and Tails Gala. To learn more go to www.humanecharlotte.org.