Reading, PA—An event that has raised $1 million in 40 years has merit on its own, but when that event is supported by one person for more than two decades it’s “claws” for celebration! Kelly Davis has gone above and beyond the call of duty for Humane Pennsylvania’s Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest with her Pack, KFC Petaholics, and they’re back at it again this year to do even more for the animals of southeastern Pennsylvania!
Kelly, a member of the Kenhorst Fire Company, started her Pack as a solo fundraiser back in the late 90s in memory of her mother’s passing. Since then, her Pack has grown to more than 20 two-legged members and their four-legged friends.
“My mother was an animal advocate, so after adopting my own cats from the Humane Society I learned I could form a Walk Pack in honor of her,” says Kelly. “I’ve built my team by getting people involved, year after year, and have slowly built our success with that.”
Last year alone, KFC Petaholics crushed the $1,000 fundraising minimum with a whopping $5,748 in donations! Because many of her Pack Mates are members of the Kenhorst Fire Company, Kelly says her Pack’s impulse to do more extends beyond the group itself and out into the public:
“Being part of this event makes everyone feel like they’re a bigger part of the community and at the same time they’re doing something wonderful for the animals.”
This year’s Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest is taking place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Jim Dietrich Park. It is the oldest and largest animal welfare event in the region and raises more than $100,000 annually to make a difference in the lives of thousands of pets and people in Berks and Lancaster Counties.
Registration begins at 10 AM with the Walk and Walktoberfest starting at 11 AM. The route follows a one-mail trail along the Schuylkill River and leads walkers back to Walktoberfest featuring live music by Todd Bartolo and The Youngers, dozens of vendors, canine contests, and fun activities for the whole family.
Registration is $22 for adults and $12 for kids. VIPs receive exclusive access to a buffet and beer garden for $50. All guests are welcome to purchase snacks from a variety of food trucks. This is a free, family-friendly event open to the public, but registered Walkers receive a commemorative t-shirt for their participation.
“More than anything, the Walk is a fun-filled day that leaves you and your team with a very good feeling that you’ve done something so important for the animals,” Kelly expresses.
Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest attracts thousands of participants annually and is supported by animal lovers and their friends across the nation and globe! Proceeds from the Walk benefit the animals at The Humane Society of Berks County and The Humane League of Lancaster County.
For more information and to register, please visit http://humanepa.org/events/walk-for-the-animals/. Grab your friends (two-legged and four) and have a howlin’ good time!