Ben’s “Cruise for Compassion” Raises $10,500 for ALDFPosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on October 10, 2008
After a lifetime of suffering in horrific conditions on the property of convicted animal abusers in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina, a Jack Russell Terrier named Ben who was rescued by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in a groundbreaking lawsuit cruised with his Annapolis-based adoptive family in a gala fundraiser for the animal organization. Michelle and Larry Kownacki, owners of Paws pet boutique, host Ben’s Cruise for Compassion fundraiser "to show their appreciation to ALDF." “We thought what better way to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause than to rent a boat and cruise around Annapolis with other animal-lovers and their dogs” explains Michelle. It was a reunion of sorts when two other dogs rescued by ALDF from the same case joined as guests on this year’s cruise.
The three hour cruise on Watermark’s Harbor Queen left the Annapolis city dock on September 12th with over one hundred people aboard, and nearly as many dogs. With live entertainment by the Dan Haas Trio Band and food donated by many local businesses, all aboard enjoyed a night to remember. Prizes donated by generous merchants for the silent auction kept a good number of guests glued to the prize table on the lower level of the boat. “This year, with the help of my friend Madeline Davis, we added a pre-cruise raffle with two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines as the grand prize. Many Annapolis visitors and those who were not able to make the cruise appreciated the opportunity to participate in the ALDF fundraiser,” states Michelle.
As a result of these fundraising efforts, a donation of over $10,500 was made to ALDF to help stop animal abuse and neglect. “Ben inspires us and makes us smile every day. His life is priceless, so it’s the least we can do to thank ALDF for all their efforts as they continue to fight for animals so they have a chance live a life they deserve,” concludes Michelle.
ALDF sends a huge thank you to Michelle, Larry, Madeline, and all who supported Ben’s Third Annual Cruise for Compassion fundraiser!