Benefiting partners, Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge, recently announced that the Share the Shelter Music Fest raised nearly $34,000 for both charities.
The day-long music fest that was held Sept. 29 and attracted nearly 800 attendees and featured several area artists, food vendors and musicians. Four legged friends were also invited to this year’s event and even walked away with a dog “swag bag” courtesy of Furry Fanatics.
“We recognize that there is a circle of violence that affects the entire family,” said Laurie Hood, founder and executive director of Alaqua. “Alaqua has targeted programs to recognize abuse, provide law enforcement with tools for successful investigations, provide education on the correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence and ultimately, prosecute the abusers. Share the Shelter is such an important event for both organizations and our partnership is key to making a difference."
"Music touches people in so many ways and brings people together for a common cause,” said Michelle Sperzel, executive director, Shelter House. “We are so grateful to have had such amazing musicians, committee members and volunteers that were willing to share their time and talent and help spread awareness about domestic violence and animal abuse. People often forget that domestic violence touches the entire family, including the family pets. When a woman leaves an abusive home and starts a new life she is not only saving her own life, she is saving the lives of her children and animals. We are so proud of this year’s fest and its success and look forward to next year!”