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EC Women's BB Fundraiser for HELP the Animals

December 2, 2013
Earlham College Broadcast Sports

RICHMOND, Ind. — There will be cats and dogs in the Athletics and Wellness Center
needing attention on Saturday as the Earlham College basketball teams entertain
Manchester University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.

The reason for what will certainly be a noisy lobby is to raise funds and awareness
for a local shelter.

At least once a week, members of the Earlham women's team can be found at H.E.L.P.
the Animals, Inc., which is located at 2101 West Main Street in Richmond. The
organization was founded as Humane Existence for Lost Pets more than 20 years ago.

"We are honored to be partnering with H.E.L.P. the Animals for our first annual
H.E.L.P. for the Holidays event," Earlham Head Coach Melissa Johnson said. "Our
players go out every Wednesday afternoon and volunteer their time to walk the dogs,
play with the cats, bathe the animals, or do whatever else is needed of us that
particular day."

"We look forward to our time spent there and are proud to raise supplies and funds
for such an outstanding organization," Johnson said. "We thank H.E.L.P. for all the
love and care they give to the animals and people of our community. We hope to see
everyone come out on Saturday to return that love."

The idea for an opportunity to help the cause was a natural progression for the team.

"I enjoy volunteering at the shelter because the animals depend on us to take care
of them," Danielle Altman said. "Without volunteers at H.E.L.P., the shelter would
not function. It is such a fulfilling experience to go there. It instantly puts us
in a better mood and is a bonding experience for our team. Going to the shelter
allows me to relax and forget about school work and simply focus on what I am doing

Kasin Spay added, "Volunteering at the animal shelter is a good way to give back in
the community."

"I enjoy playing with the animals and after awhile you develop favorite animals that
you look forward to seeing at the shelter every week," Spay added. "Also, a bonus of
going is that you get out of a sprint in practice, so it is a win-win for everyone."

Donations for H.E.L.P. the Animals, Inc., will be collected by the Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee on Saturday in the lobby of the Athletics and Wellness Center
from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Among the items of the highest need are cash, cat litter,
garbage bags and Martingale collars (nylon with a chain is best).

Anyone donating items will receive a ticket for a chance to win an Earlham College
prize pack.

Admission to the basketball games is free. The women's contest starts at 2 p.m. The
men's game will follow at approximately at 4 p.m.

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