Animal shelter volunteers hold sold-out fundraiser

Several raffle baskets were created and donated by shelter volunteers.  Provided by Tobi Neff
Darrien Young

A total of $5,685.25 was raised Saturday in honor of Darrian Young.

Nine Monroe County Animal Shelter volunteers hosted a Quartermania event at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall.

On Monday, proceeds from the event were added to the shelter’s account at Heritage Animal Hospital in Dundee.

“One of the goals of the shelter volunteers is to not leave any animals without first being neutered,” said Tobi Neff, shelter volunteer and one of the event organizers. “This simple procedure makes for a happier and healthier pet, as well as a way to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem.”

Young, 24, a Monroe County animal control officer, was hit by a drunk driver on June 4, 2020, while on his way to work and died two days later.

Quartermania quickly sold out.

“We got so busy that we eventually had to turn people away,” Neff said.

Among the attendees were Sheriff Troy Goodnough and his wife, Carolee, and Mark Brant, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Darrian Young’s family was also present. Her mother, Tammi Kamprath, drew the winning ticket numbers for the raffle baskets.

Twelve vendors donated products for the auction and busy sales tables.

Seventeen raffle baskets were made and donated by volunteers.

Stacey Bellino was the master of ceremonies.

“She does it frequently, for free, as her way of giving back to the community,” Neff said.

A 50/50 draw was held and raised a total of $886.

“The winner donated a portion of her $443 to the shelter,” Neff said.

A Queen of Clubs game was held.

“All the tickets sold out for it within minutes. $130 went to the shelter and the remaining $130 was split among four winners,” Neff said.

Guiseppe’s Pizza donated pizza for the event. Hot dogs and various desserts were sold. The FOP ran a cash bar.

Quartermania was planned and carried out by volunteers.

“Volunteer Barbara Patterson Lee had attended a Quartermania event in the past and thought it would be a really fun way to raise some money to help the animals. We worked like crazy to make it happen. not a shelter or county sanctioned event. There were only nine people willing to help,” Neff said.

“We didn’t expect the success we’ve had,” Neff said. “We are so grateful to the Monroe community for coming together for this great cause. The volunteers are still on Cloud 9 facing success.

The Monroe County Animal Shelter needs more volunteers. For more information, call the shelter at (734) 240-3125.

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