New Leash on Life gets big donations, more needed

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

New Leash on Life is seeing double this holiday season thanks to two donations totaling $10,000 in matching funds for all contributions before Dec. 31, through the New Leash on Life 2013 Holiday Gift Tree at nlolgifttree.com.

Bob and Pam Black, owners of the Capitol Theatre, were the first to pledge $5,000.

Then while Amy Haverstick, executive director of NLOL, and Amelia Morrison Hipps, marketing and fundraising consultant, were on the radio Monday, Joy Bishop called in and pledged an additional $5,000 and urged NLOL supporters to match it, as well.

“Thanks to the generosity of these wonderful individuals, New Leash on Life has the opportunity to raise $20,000 before the end of 2013,” said Hipps.

“Bob, Pam and Miss Joy made our holiday season at New Leash on Life,” Haverstick said. “Now we need the support of the public to match their gifts. We don’t want to leave any of these potential funds on the table.”

Hipps said because of the gifts, every dollar donated would be doubled up to $10,000.

“When you think about it, a lot of us blow $5 or $10 a week on coffee, fast food, raiding the office snack machine, whatever. Instead of doing one of those things, think about the difference you could make in the lives of the animals – as well as those people who adopt them – by donating that amount to NLOL,” Hipps said.

Breaking it down by dollar amounts, Hipps said NLOL could raise $10,000 if any of the following scenarios – each under $50 – were met: 2,000 people each gave $5; 1,000 people each gave $10 each; 400 people gave $25 each; or 200 gave $50 each.

“Donations made in honor of someone make great Christmas gifts for that person who has everything. And because we’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organization, all donations are tax deductible,” Haverstick said

Individuals may make donations at nlolgifttree.org. Checks may be mailed to New Leash on Life at P.O. Box 247, Lebanon, TN 37088-0247. Donors should note donations are for the Holiday Gift Tree so the donation can be matched. Cash donations may be dropped of at the Adoption Center at 507 Jim Draper Blvd., behind Pro Bowl West on W. Baddour Pkwy.

Hipps said the NLOL 2013 Holiday Gift Tree launched Dec. 3 with Sellars Funeral Homes as the first matching sponsor with $500, which was matched in just three days. Just as it closed out, NLOL Office Manager Ann Shapiro said the microchip scanner at the shelter was dying and an anonymous donor gave a matching gift of $300 for a new one. That goal was reached in a matter of hours.

“We don’t want the momentum to die that was built because of our first two donors – Sellars Funeral Home and the anonymous donor – for whom we so appreciate their generosity. We especially appreciate Sellars Funeral Homes, who kicked off the 2013 Holiday Gift Tree with their matching donation,” Hipps said.

Both Pam Black and Bishop said the reason they were giving was because they both love the animals so much. Pam Black called the organization, of which she is an honorary director after years of serving on NLOL’s board of directors, her “baby.”

 “I just know that these babies will never have a say in their lives as to what happens to them, and that just breaks my heart. That’s why I give,” Pam Black said.

Bob and Pam Black bought and restored the Capitol Theatre in downtown Lebanon, which has several holiday event offerings slated. Its website is capitoltheatretn.com.

In 1978, Bishop helped start the Humane Association of Wilson County Inc., which now operates under the name of New Leash on Life. She also served as the Wilson County Commissioner for District 25 from 1982 to 1994.

“You shouldn’t be surprised. You know my love for animals is there, too, and the people of Wilson County will profit as well as the animals. It all goes together,” Mrs. Bishop said Monday during a radio show.

“New Leash on Life can’t thank enough these individuals and businesses, as well as those who support us year around through their monetary donations, along with our volunteer board of directors and volunteers,” Haverstick said. “We couldn’t operate without the support of these folks, and to each one we say, ‘thank you,’ and wish you a wonderful holiday season.”

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