(Editor's Note: Excerpts from this letter were published in an SPCA board follow-up story printed in last Sunday's edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner to help clarify any confusion related to the …
(Editor's Note: Excerpts from this letter were published in an SPCA board follow-up story printed in last Sunday's edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner to help clarify any confusion related to the board's budget and the capital campaign fundraiser. The full letter is published today on the Opinion page).
To The Editor:
I’m writing in response to a news article in the August 30, 2019, edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner regarding the SPCA of Bradley County’s upcoming Paws ‘n Pints fundraiser. As an SPCA board member and chairperson of the SPCA’s Fundraising Committee, I’m compelled to set the record straight.
Contrary to the reporter’s news story, Paws ‘n Pints is a capital campaign event to raise funds for a new adoption center. It’s not in any way being held to cover the $30,000 budget deficit we experienced during fiscal year 2018-19.
Thanks to the strong leadership and budgetary constraint of Director of Operations Amanda Morgan and her staff, SPCA has made significant progress in the past six months to forecast a realistic budget for fiscal year 2019-20. This is something we didn’t have until Ms. Morgan assumed the leadership role in January of this year.
Furthermore, thanks to the efforts of Bradley County Commissioner Erica Davis who also serves as SPCA board chairwoman, we successfully negotiated a new contract with Bradley County government which saw an increase of $64,000 in annual funding.
As secretary of SPCA, I personally handwrite thank you cards to all of our donors. Although the news article implies differently, SPCA staff, volunteers and board members have been good stewards of every donation we receive.
Not only are we grateful and appreciative of every penny and every gift we receive, we continue to look toward the future and building a new facility for our voiceless innocents. That is the reason for Paws ‘n Pints.
Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.
— Cheryl Dunson
SPCA board member
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