On Monday, June 3, Messiah Lutheran School was rewarded for their outstanding fundraising efforts for the Cleveland Animal Protective League with a visit from Cleveland Browns offensive linemen
Messiah Lutheran School signed up to raise Doggy Dollars and Kitty Kash as part of the 8th annual Q104 Pledge for Pets Radiothon, hosted by Q104’s morning show team, Fee’s Kompany, featuring Allan Fee, Katherine Boyd, and Glenn Anderson.
During the 18-hour event, more than $124,000 was raised for the Cleveland APL. Messiah Lutheran School raised nearly $800 and became the top-raising Q Cash School for the second consecutive year. As a reward, the school’s 150 students gathered for an assembly and interacted with Thomas and Q104’s morning show team.
The students listened as Thomas explained how it feels to play football in front of thousands of people. Students at Messiah Lutheran School also asked him how he spends his time off the field. He responded by saying that he volunteers at the APL.
School programming and the APL are both important to Thomas and his wife, who have two dogs themselves. Annie, an active volunteer for the APL for six years, says, “The APL is close to both of our hearts. We are passionate about animal protection and adoption safety and want a clean and happy place for the animals to stay while they are waiting for a home.”
Cleveland APL President and CEO, Sharon Harvey, is passionate about spreading the message of animal homelessness and helping children learn how to give back and volunteer locally. Harvey also praised the students at Messiah Lutheran School for their commitment and fundraising efforts.
“We couldn’t be more grateful for Joe and Annie’s involvement with the APL,” Harvey said. “It is support like theirs that helps places like ours exist in the future as we rely on donations to provide lifesaving services to more than 16,000 animals each year.”
The Cleveland APL is the largest non-profit humane society in Ohio and is continuing to search for volunteers who are passionate and willing to help homeless animals.
To learn more about the Cleveland APL, visit www.ClevelandAPL.org.