C.A.R.E. Honors Eight-Year-Old for Outstanding Fundraising

Photo Credit: Shu He Pictured: Gene Beil (The Pony Shop), Kari Kennedy (C.A.R.E. Fundraising VP) and Josie Johnson with Winston.

Photo Credit: Shu He
Pictured: Gene Beil (The Pony Shop), Kari Kennedy (C.A.R.E. Fundraising VP) and Josie Johnson with Winston.

Community Animal Rescue Effort salutes 8-year-old Josie Johnson, who raised $715 on behalf of homeless cats and dogs at the animal rescue organization’s 19th annual Strut For Strays.

On Sunday, June 1, Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) honored the Strut For Strays fundraising efforts of eight-year-old Josie Johnson, whose donations reached $715. That figure was 357% higher than Josie’s initial goal of raising $200 for C.A.R.E.’s animal rescue to mark her eighth birthday.

In all, the Strut, which took place May 10, brought in $23,250 thanks to the efforts of some 119 attendees and their dogs.

To mark Josie’s accomplishment, on Sunday, June 1, at 1 p.m., C.A.R.E. supporter The Pony Shop, an Evanston-based cycling shop, presented the girl with a new bicycle.

“One of the best things that happened to me last year was adopting my dog, Winston,” Josie wrote on her FirstGiving.com fundraising webpage. “For my birthday, Winston and I want to raise money for fellow dog friends to have a new home and better future. Dogs are living creatures too, and they need good lives. We are raising money to make sure they can have that.”

C.A.R.E. President Linda Gelb applauds Josie accomplishment on behalf of the organization’s volunteers. “Josie went above and beyond in her efforts to help animals,” Gelb says. “We thank her for outreach and passion, and look forward to welcoming her as a C.A.R.E. volunteer when she gets a little older.”

Gelb adds that Josie was the top non-C.A.R.E.-board fundraiser.

About Strut For Strays

C.A.R.E.’s annual Strut For Strays fundraiser brings the C.A.R.E. community and its dogs together for a three-mile morning walk. The Strut course starts at Evanston’s Ladd Arboretum on McCormick Boulevard, and meanders along the beautiful Sculpture Park to Dempster Street and then back to the Arboretum.