Newsletter – Summer 2017
We’re excited to share the news of a wonderful opportunity we just learned about. Pet Peace of Mind has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious VIC Innovation award given by the Veterinary Innovation Council.
We were nominated by someone in the veterinary community last spring. At the close of the nominating phase, Veterinary Innovation Council’s 16 member advisory board selected Pet Peace of Mind as one the finalists to advance to the voting round and we are one of three finalists in their nonprofit category.
It would be such a tremendous to win as the winner will be recognized at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) next year, be part of a panel discussion and be recognized by NAVC throughout the year as a leader of innovation. Naturally, we hope to win but the visibility this nomination provides for us within the veterinary community is a tremendous gift all on its own.
Voting continues through September 30 so you can be sure we’ll be hard at work encouraging votes for Pet Peace of Mind. We’ll keep you updated on how you can help.
We have lots of other exciting developments to share! Keep reading to learn about volunteers making a difference, donors showing their love for Pet Peace of Mind, and an exciting national program open to anyone who would like to participate. Please feel free to share this newsletter with a friend!
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Volunteer of the Year Selected during National Volunteer Appreciation Week
During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, we featured a series of nominees for our National Volunteer of the Year on our Facebook page. Prior to featuring their stories, we collected nominations form our hospice partners for more than two months. We were both honored and humbled to share the dedication, perseverance, and compassion these nominations demonstrated about the work volunteers are doing to help patients preserve the unbreakable bonds they share with their pets.
Selected from dozens of nominations, our winner of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year went to Ed Yarbrough from Hospice Austin. Penny Dawson, Regional Hospice Connecticut, was our runner up.
Other finalists included Barbara Carter from Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Courtney Kaplan from Nathan Adelson Hospice, Paula Colvin from Life Care Hospice, Pattie Kelly from The Hospice of Baton Rouge, Jill Peters from Willamette Valley Hospice, Steve Harrell and Karen Sanders from Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care & , Florida Hospital Hospice Care, Rose Billquist from Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care, Jennie Renneberg from Community Home Health & Hospice, Pat Raynor from Suncoast Hospice, and Rachel Spell from Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. If you missed their stories on our Facebook page, we invite you to visit our page (Pet Peace of Mind) for a powerful dose of inspiration. We know you’ll be touched by the stories of love, hope and joy demonstrated in each story. Fair warning…be prepared to fall in love with some extraordinary people.
NPR’s Take Care Host Lorraine Rapp Celebrates 60th Birthday by Raising $5,000
Last November, Pet Peace of Mind was a guest on NPR’s weekly conversation on health and wellness, Take Care. Shortly after the interview concluded, we received an email from Lorraine Rapp, one of the show’s hosts. Lorraine was particularly compelled by our mission and wanted to do something to help. She was turning 60 in May and decided to raise money for Pet Peace of Mind to reflect her personal gratitude for a life well lived. $5,000 and 54 donors later, Lorraine’s kindness and the generosity of those who supported her efforts will provide resources to start several new Pet Peace of Mind programs. We’re sending a special thank you to Lorraine and all her friends for their special act of kindness.
If you have a great idea to help us raise funds to bring the program to more hospices, drop us an email!
First Event Scheduled for Team Pet Peace of Mind
In our Spring newsletter we announced the formation of our charity athletic fundraising program, Team Pet Peace of Mind. We are delighted to announce that our first team, Team Pet Peace of Mind Texas, will be participating in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon December 3, 2017. This team will be comprised of pet lovers and practicing veterinarians from all over the state and will be led by co-chairs Drs. Brittany King, Montrose Veterinary Clinic (Houston) and Tonya Stephens, Managing Partner of Fort Worth Animal Emergency Hospital and Trinity Veterinary Medical Center (DFW).
In addition to being a part of an inspiring team that helps keep pets and people together through life’s transitions, Dr. King also serves as Team Pet Peace of Mind’s national coach and will provide comprehensive online training to any team member in the country training for a local event. A few of Dr. King’s world class athletic accomplishments include swimming the English Channel (2012), climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (2010) and finishing the Triple 7 Quest which featured running seven marathons on seven continents in eleven days (2015).
If you are interested in joining Team Pet Peace of Mind Texas or putting together your own local team, please contact Dianne McGill or Brittany King.
Family Honors Mother with Memorial Gifts to Pet Peace of Mind
Last month we received a flurry of online memorial gifts for Sharon Everett. We did not know Sharon and reached out to learn more about her connection to Pet Peace of Mind. We received this lovely letter from her daughter. Her words are a perfect explanation of why Pet Peace of Mind matter to patients in need. Thank you to all of Sharon’s family and friends for supporting our work.
Dear Ms. McGill,
Sharon Everett was my Mother and she passed away on June 7th. Mom had a beloved Dachshund named Nicholas who was a tremendous companion and friend for her. We believe that he provided the kind of companionship that both prolonged her life and added quality to it. We were lucky enough that Mom’s friends were able to care for Nicholas when she became seriously ill and my brother has since taken him in as the newest member of his family.
When my siblings and I were considering what Mom would have preferred for charities, we knew we wanted to include something for animal welfare. It occurred to us that there were many people who didn’t have the resources that Mom did when it came to caring for Nicholas, so we did some research on what kind of support services were provided for people who couldn’t care for their pets. We found Pet Peace of Mind and were convinced that this type of service would be exactly the kind of thing Mom would have championed.
We sincerely hope that your work will be promoted and enhanced by the contributions in her name and we thank you for the work that you do. Mom was our amazing lady and we will miss her tremendously.
Our best wishes to you and Pet Peace of Mind and thank you so much for the work you do.
Yvonne Benney Basque