On September 28, 2019, Pet Community Center (PCC) hosted the 12th Annual Art for Animals at The Westin Nashville, hosting over 275 guests dedicated to ending pet homelessness and improving animal welfare in Middle Tennessee. Co-chaired by Brenda and Micaela Reed and hosted by The Vet Life’s Dr. Diarra Blue, the event was celebratory and social, while remaining true to its purpose of raising funds for Pet Community Center’s low-cost veterinary programs. Pet Community Center provides low-cost preventive veterinary care, spay and neuter services, microchipping and more to Nashville’s underserved and most vulnerable pet populations.
Art for Animals is one of Nashville’s longest-running and most popular fundraisers. This year’s event offered live music, a live and silent auction, an open bar, and a seated dinner. Thanks to the generous support of the event’s attendees, PCC raised an astonishing $176,000 to aid its mission to strengthen the human-animal bond through accessible veterinary care and support services.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Nashville community for supporting our work in keeping pets and people together through accessible veterinary care. We just surpassed 80,000 animals served in Middle Tennessee. The generosity of our Art for Animals sponsors, event co-chairs, volunteers, attendees, and The Westin will ensure that we keep going strong for the more than 1,500 dogs and cats we serve each month,” said President and CEO Natalie Corwin about the event’s success.
The night also honored Rebecca Burcham, who received The Jourdan Parenteau Excellence in Service Award, which honors individuals who have shown exemplary leadership in animal welfare. Rebecca is a long-time supporter of Pet Community Center and a full-time professor at Lipscomb University. When she’s not teaching or studying for her PhD, Rebecca volunteers on the Board of Directors for Nashville Humane Association and Bluegrass Doberman Rescue. As a graduate of the Young Leaders’ Council in Nashville, Rebecca has a strong passion for non-profit work, specifically in animal welfare.
To learn more about Pet Community Center, visit www.petcommunitycenter.org
ABOUT PET COMMUNITY CENTER:
Pet Community Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the human animal bond through accessible veterinary care and support services. Pet Community Center assists the public with free and low cost spay /neuter services and low cost veterinary services. Since 2011, Pet Community Center has served more than 80,000 animals and produced measurable decreases in the number of homeless animals that enter local shelters.