Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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HSLC offers hot soup on a cold day, announces plans for a new fundraiser

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[February 14, 2012]  With Saturday being one of the coldest days this winter in Logan County, it was the perfect setting for the annual Humane Society of Logan County fundraiser with hot and delicious chili and vegetable soups.

The doors officially opened at 11 a.m. at Friendship Manner, and within just a few minutes, folks were making their way into the dining room for some good food and fellowship.

Around the room, HLSC volunteers were doing various chores, from selling animal-themed sweatshirts to taking money for lunch, manning the bake sale tables and several just waiting to help clear tables and prepare them for the next round of guests.

Also on hand was Darlene Begolka, manning a table with Tupperware products on display. She said the items she sold on Saturday were earmarked for the profits to go to the HSLC to help support their efforts in Logan County.

Ellen Burbage, director of the organization, was in the building, keeping a watchful eye on everything and helping out where needed. While working at the sweatshirt table with Sue Jones, Natalie Miller and Adrienne Hahn, she took time out to talk about the fundraisers the HSLC will have this year.

The soup luncheon Saturday is one of two food events the organization hosts annually, with the other being a pancake breakfast in January. There are also plans for six dog washes this year and the annual Ales for Tails event.

In addition, Burbage said the organization is adding another big event in May.

The HSLC will host a garage sale at the Logan County Fairgrounds on May 12. Burbage said the event will be at the beer tent, beginning at 7 a.m. and running all day, with plans to close up at 4.

Beginning in March, the organization will start asking for donations of clean, gently used items for the sale. There will be designated days for folks to drop off their donations, and more information on that will be listed in Lincoln Daily News as the dates approach. Burbage said they will also make arrangements to pick up items if the donor cannot deliver them.

In addition to the garage sale, Burbage said plans are being made for other activities at the same time, such as food sales, face painting for the kids and more to be announced later.

The HSLC garage sale will coincide with the Route 66 Miles of Smiles sale, which currently is slated for May 11 and 12.

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The Humane Society of Logan County was formed in April of 2006. Their mission includes working to prevent animal cruelty, abuse and neglect; promotion of proper placement (adoption) of animals; striving to resolve the overpopulation of animals; and educating the public about humane treatment of animals.

In 2010 the organization received $200,000 from the Hoelscher Trust, which they used to build a shelter on the city's north side. The shelter officially opened in the spring of 2011.

The manpower at the shelter is provided through volunteers, but funds are needed to provide for the care of the animals and the maintenance of the new building.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the HSLC need not wait for a special event. The organization will happily accept cash donations or donations of pet foods at any time. Donations can be made in person at the shelter or by visiting http://www.hslclincoln.org/.

For those who might be interested in adopting an animal, Lincoln Daily News features animals from the HSLC, which can be found by following this link in the Health & Leisure section: http://reference.lincolndailynews.com/


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