Let’s start the New Year by toasting one of GRRA™’s newer volunteers, Shannon Hamilton. Having a background in marketing and event planning, Shannon joined our organization a little over a year ago thanks to our 2016 Director of Volunteer Recruitment, Christie Bell, who works in the same company. Knowing Shannon has much experience in event planning and, of course, is a dog lover, Christie asked if she would be interested in becoming the new Director of Fundraising for 2016, with a primary focus of coordinating the GRRA Rescue Romp. Shannon happily volunteered and her adventure began.
In her role as Fundraising Director, Shannon spent the first part of her year planning the department’s budget and creating fundraising goals which included continuing current GRRA activities.
Of course coordinating the Romp is a primary focus in her role; however, Shannon also brainstormed and proposed new fundraising ideas for our organization. One important accomplishment was completing the project to redesign the GRRA t-shirts. Make sure to grab one soon!
GRRA’s Rescue romp is our much anticipated and largest annual fundraiser as many of you know. We always want to thank our previous Romp coordinator, Susan Swartz, for her many years of planning. Our 2016 Rescue Romp was another huge success!
This year our Rescue Romp was held at the Canine Ranch in Canton, GA. The Canine Ranch is a specialty training, boarding, and dog sports facility that was built on a philosophy of providing a fun and enriching atmosphere for both dogs and humans. Shannon explains, “We were trying to find places where if you did not have a dog there would be other activities to keep you busy.”
Not only did volunteers, adopters, and other supporters of GRRA get to hang out with wonderful Goldens, there were activities to try that were new to most dogs there like dock diving, lure chasing, and agility. Plus there was Canine Good Citizen Testing, an off-leash area, raffle prizes, and furry family portraits. “My favorite part was seeing the dock diving, watching all the dogs try it out especially ones that had never done it before,” Shannon says. She also added, “I really enjoyed seeing all of the Romp committee’s hard work come to fruition, and seeing all of the volunteers’ hard work being recognized was great.”
Shannon had a wonderful time this year as Director of Fundraising. Shannon shares her motivation for volunteering with GRRA, “I love dogs! I’ve seen so many adopted dogs bring so much joy and love into people’s lives. Finding wonderful homes for these dogs is an awesome feeling.” Shannon would like to personally thank the following Romp committee members for their help in organizing a "paw-some" event:
Melinda Bryant Christie Bell August Simon Leah Smith Susan Swartz Janelle Zabresky Megan Jahnke Kristy Miller Amy DeCesare
We applaud you, Shannon, for taking on such an important and challenging role of fundraising for our organization. Thank you for all of your hard work!