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Mountain Statesman | Old-fashioned carnival, bake sale and craft and vendor show to benefit P.U.R.R.

GRAFTON—One local non-profit organization works to provide services for Taylor County’s animals, but have hit a bit of a hard time. So, two ladies are organizing a fundraiser to help, and would like to extend an invitation for everyone to attend.

Lisa Wolfe and Brenda Mikolon are organizing an old-fashion kiddie carnival, vendor and craft show, in addition to a bake sale. The event will take place on Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., at Dragon’s Den MMA, located at 2 West Main Street, Grafton.

“P.U.R.R is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers and funded through grants and donations, and right now they are in dire need of funding and supplies,” said Mikolon. “We wanted to do something to help them out, because they do so much for the cats they take in. All of our proceeds will go back to them.”

According to Mikolon, vendors and crafters are still needed for the fundraiser.

“As of right now, we have about ten vendors, including Avon, Lularoe, Thirty One and Tupperware, but we are looking for more individuals to come out and support the cats and P.U.R.R.,” reported Mikolon. “We have crafters lined up, selling all kinds of homemade items.”

Wolfe said that she has taken the project on, full force.

“My husband and I volunteer at P.U.R.R. every Tuesday, and we wanted to do something to support them. So many people come to them asking for help, but now it is time for people to help them,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe said the carnival has become her pet project, and she is hoping to have a lot of community involvement.

“We wanted to make it affordable for families. We are going to bring back the old-fashioned carnival games, like the Dime Pitch, pie eating contests, the Duck Pond game and lots of other games,” shared Wolfe.

In addition, there will be a fortuneteller, kiddie tattoo parlor and a kissing booth featuring Cupid, the Kissing Kitty.

“We will also be holding a silent auction, and are looking for businesses to donate items to it,” reported Wolfe. “There will also be a cake walk and food booths set up. We are still looking for volunteers and donations of items such as baked goods and 2 liter bottles of pop.”

Along with the carnival and craft and vendor show, there will be a cupcake fundraiser. Mikolon shared that she will be making cupcakes and selling them for $10 a dozen.

“We will have order forms, and people will be able to select from a variety of icing and cake flavor combinations,” said Mikolon.

The ladies said that they are happy to be able to do something that will benefit an organization that works so hard taking care of animals, who are often forgotten.

P.U.R.R.’s mission is to assist the area in rescues and rehabilitation of cats and kittens. The organization believes that by stressing the importance of being responsible pet owners and advocates, the reality of felines everywhere can be changed. P.U.R.R. is dedicated to making the world a more humane place, one kitty at a time.

“Each and every one of those kitties are unique and special in their own way, and they all deserve love. P.U.R.R. provides that to them, and so much more,” shared Wolfe.

For more information on the fundraising efforts for P.U.R.R., or to sign up as a vendor or crafter, please contact Wolfe at 304-518-9219, or Mikolon at 304-518-9928.

Donations of supplies for  P.U.R.R. may be dropped off at the Mountain Statesman office, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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