February 1, 2023

Middlesex County Community Foundation Announces Mascot Contest for the “ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship” Fund

From a press release:

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Horses, even Llamas and Ferrets, any one of hundreds of companions could be the first annual mascot of the Middlesex County Community Foundation’s “ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship” Fund.

In 2008, a Middlesex County family of animal lovers established ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship, an endowed, community based Fund dedicated to helping animals and their human friends in Middlesex County. This family believes that we have a strong responsibility and obligation to preserve the basic dignity that comes with sharing the world with all living creatures. They also believe that pets, in particular, provide unqualified love, true companionship and, in some cases, essential services to the disabled, elderly and those in need. The Fund aids local nonprofit organizations that care for animals and funds such things as shelter and comfort; training animals and people for shared gifts of companionship; therapy and assistance; rescue, protection and adoption; prevention of cruelty; and services to the disabled.

MCCF is searching for that special pet to focus attention on the efforts of a fund designed to support organizations doing great work in the area of animal welfare and care. “Animals play a vital role in our quality of life and well-being. There are so many stories just waiting to be told about the love and companionship our pets provide,” said Cynthia Clegg, President and CEO of Middlesex County Community Foundation. “An annual mascot for the ARF! (Animal: Respect and Friendship) Fund will bring those stories to the forefront and emphasize how animals help us all.”

The winner of the ARF! contest will be featured in Community Foundation newsletters, brochures, the annual report, the website and other informational venues. The mascot will also be featured in “ARF!” notes about educational events and programs, featured stories, animal-related tips, and other items throughout the year.

A group of volunteer judges will review and vote on the submissions. The winner of the “ARF! Mascot Contest” will be announced at a special event on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Centerbrook Meeting House, located in the Centerbrook section of Essex, CT. Special guest William Berloni (William Berloni’s Theatrical Animals), a widely recognized expert in animal behavior, dedicated advocate of rescue work, and well-known animal trainer for stage and screen, will announce the winner of the contest and speak on the topic of animal welfare and companionship. (Mr. Berloni’s credits include numerous Broadway productions, including the original Sandy in ANNIE, CAMELOT with Richard Burton, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL. He and his handlers have provided animals of all species and sizes for Broadway, off Broadway, national tours, regional theaters, special events, the New York City Ballet, movies and television. He is the author of three books, the most recent, BROADWAY TAILS, is published by Globe Pequot Press. Mr. Berloni is currently the Director of Animal Behavior for the Humane Society of New York and is involved in helping animals that need homes. Visit Mr. Berloni’s Website at www.theatricalanimals.com.)

Prizes will be given in other categories as well, including “Top Dog,” “Purrfect Feline,” “Largest Companion (Pet),” and “Oldest Friend.” Further details about contest requirements and submissions may be found at www.MiddlesexCountyCF.org, e-mailing questions to Info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org, or calling 860.347.0025.

MCCF is accepting story submissions from Middlesex County residents Friday, July 9, 2010 through Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Stories should be no longer than one page in length and may be accompanied by up to two photographs. Submissions can be e-mailed to Info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org or mailed to Middlesex County Community Foundation, 211 South Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457. All stories and photos submitted may be used by MCCF in newsletters, e-news updates, reports, website pages and other marketing and public relations venues.