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2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party® was the BEST DOG-GONE Party Yet

Nearly 800 animal lovers, and their canine companions alike, attended the BISSELL Blocktail Party at Mangiamo! on Wednesday, June 13. A total of $187,000 was raised at the event, surpassing the fundraising goal of $150,000 that was set for its seventh year. Funds from the party benefited the new BISSELL Pet Foundation, which administered the proceeds to West Michigan animal welfare organizations in the form of BISSELL Blocktail™ Grants, along with a $10,000 gift that was allocated to “Party Partners” earlier in the year to thank them for their good work in the community.

The community really pulled together to make this our best year yet. We are overwhelmed with appreciation from the outpouring of support.
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“The West Michigan community never fails to stand behind a great cause, and this event shows that we believe pets are important, too,” said Cathy Bissell, event co-chair and founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation. “The community really pulled together to make this our best year yet. We are overwhelmed with appreciation from the outpouring of support. Every year, local sponsors and donors help to make this a unique event, and this year was no different. We’re so thankful for everyone’s generosity.”

Any group in the Greater Grand Rapids area was welcome to apply for a BISSELL Blocktail Grant. On June 27, the BISSELL Blocktail Party Committee met to review the 11 grant applications received from local animal welfare organizations. The committee recognized the importance of all of the applicants’ needs and requests, making it a challenging review process.

The ten “Party Partners” who received a $1,000 donation prior to the event were C-SNIP, Kent County Animal Shelter, Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, Vicky’s Pet Connection, Humane Society of West Michigan, Carol’s Ferals, Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary, Focus on Ferals, Reuben’s Room and Safe Haven Humane Society.