Dogs, cats and jewelry were a winning combination at the Kendra Gives Back Party on June 23 at the Kendra Scott store at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood.
The store drew a huge crowd of shoppers — for jewelry and adoptable pets. When all was said and done, A Life to Live received more than $1,600 from store sales and raffle donations. As a bonus, five of our rescued animals (four puppies and one kitten) were adopted into loving homes.
During this fun shopping event, 20% of sales from 6 to 8 p.m. benefited our organization. With brisk business, we received $1,031 in proceeds.
An additional $620 was generated from a raffle, which saw one lucky $10 ticket donor randomly selected to receive a beautiful set of jewelry from Kendra Scott’s High Summer Collection (necklace, earrings and bracelet) valued at $320.
“The three pillars of Kendra Scott’s company are family, fashion and philanthropy. So for us to be able to make an impact on our community through a Kendra Gives Back Party like this, where people can enjoy jewelry, puppies and kittens, I can’t think of a better combination,” said Robin LaLone, community relations and event manager for Kendra Scott.
“A Life to Live’s mission is so amazing, making sure that homeless animals find a forever home. We even put ‘furever’ on our event invitations to show everybody that you don’t need to shop, you can adopt. And that is something Kendra Scott is a big believer in. All of us here at the store have been texting our boyfriends and husbands to see if we can bring home animals ourselves.”
The puppies and kittens were a big hit. People of all ages spent time holding, petting and taking selfies with the animals. Those who didn’t adopt learned a lot about A Life to Live from our team members on hand, and many showed interest in adopting in the future.
One person who adopted during the event was Robert Hemperley and his wife, Angela. For the past few months, they have been fostering a Chihuahua mix mama dog, Daisy, and her five puppies. They decided to bring Bear back home with them.
“We have three dogs already so we figured, why not?” Robert said. “This is our first time as fosters. It’s been a lot of work with the puppies, but they all played and got along great with the rest of our dogs. We’ve really enjoyed the experience.”
Thanks to Kendra Scott, one of our corporate partners, for providing us with the opportunity to educate so many people about our mission and helping us to continue saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats.
A Life to Live holds fundraising events throughout the year to support our various programs and services. Check our calendar to learn about upcoming events.
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator for A Life to Live.