Representatives of Animal Harbor brought out the gold shovels for the official groundbreaking ceremony on June 22, 2013, celebrating the future construction of a brand new shelter. Pictured left to right are: Carolyn Maher, board member; Gail Castle, development officer; Karen Warr, volunteer; Dianna Ogden, board member; Cecelia Brodioi, secretary of the board; Pat Thompson, president of the board; Joyce McCumber, volunteer; Susan Rupert, board member; Anne Giles, treasurer of the board; Ashley and George Bowers, donors; Amber Kelley, shelter manager, and Ronnie Kelley, shelter staff member. Photo By Joy Snead.

The Franklin County Humane Society held their 5k Run, Bow Wow Walk, and Groundbreaking Celebration on Saturday, June 22. The events started early Saturday morning with the 5k Run and Bow Wow Walk at Winchester City Park. Both were hugely successful with more than 200 participants overall. Many of the dogs participating in the walk were former residents of the shelter.  Animal Harbor extends a special thanks to Brandi Scott and the Franklin County Bon Temps Club, Dianna Ogden, Sharon Conroy, Joyce McCumber, and Karen Warr for organizing these events and to Moore-Cortner Funeral Home for the use of their tents.

The Groundbreaking Celebration drew more than 250 people to the grounds of North Middle School, where attendees enjoyed free food, inflatable fun for the kids, and entertainment. A special highlight was the release of 20 white doves by the North family of Watson-North Funeral Home. Overall, approximately $17,000 was raised on Saturday for the society’s new Animal Harbor Shelter. So far over $300,000 has been raised towards a goal of $500,000 to build the new facility.

The winners of the Best Dish of Franklin County Contest went to Camino Real for the Savory Category and Plum Cute Cakes for the Sweet Category. The second place winners for the Savory Category went to The Blue Chair Bakery and for the Sweet Category went  to The Donut Palace.  Other participating restaurants were Arezzo’s, Crossroads Café, IvyWild, Julia’s, Larry’s BBQ, Natural Bridge Catering, Pearl’s, Plum Cute Cakes, San Miguel’s, University of The South Dining Services, Sugar Coated, Tastebuds and Wendy’s.

Animal Harbor extends a special thanks to Southern Tennessee Medical Center, Watson-North Funeral Services, Reliable Rental, Patrick Greer, Bazzania, The Good Time Gals, their announcer Chris Ogden, photographer Joy Snead, the participating restaurants, the businesses who sponsored the events or donated supplies, and all of the volunteers, staff and board members for making this a wonderful and memorable Groundbreaking Celebration. Animal Harbor appreciates The Herald Chronicle, WZYX, WCDT, and The Sewanee Mountain Messenger for all of the weeks of advertisement for these events.

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Photos from the Walk/Run and Groundbreaking