For immediate release - October 16, 2012
Leesburg Hosts Walk 4 Animals Benefit This Weekend at Pat Thomas Stadium
The fourth annual Walk 4 Animals benefit for local animal rescues and non-kill shelters will be this Saturday, Oct. 20, at Leesburg’s historic Pat Thomas Stadium.
The biggest event of the year for pet lovers will begin at 9 a.m. at 240 Ball Park Road with displays and demonstrations from area animal rescues, pet product vendors, face painting, food and other great activities.
Deacon William Fisher from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora will offer a blessing of the animals at 10 a.m.
The fundraising walk around Leesburg’s scenic Venetian Gardens will begin at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to raise pledges to benefit their favorite animal rescue or non-kill shelter.
Others can mail donations directly to Walk 4 Animals c/o the City of Leesburg, 250 Ball Park Road, Leesburg, Fla., 34748.
Proceeds will benefit local organizations including Greyhounds Pets of America - Senior Sanctuary, Hound Haven, Max’s Pet Connection, the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Humane Society of Lake County, 2nd Chance Keeshond Rescue, Animal Prevention and Education, Florida Boxer Rescue, Hospice Pet Peace of Mind, and German Shepherd Rescue.
Individuals or groups are encouraged from schools, neighborhoods, businesses, community organizations and veterinary practices. Prizes will be awarded for single participants or groups who raise the most contributions.
For more information on Saturday’s event, call 352-728-9870.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.