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Show Me the Money: Making the Most of the Dog Days of Summer

Michigan shelter tees up profitable golf outing fundraiser

Michigan shelter tees up profitable golf outing fundraiser

The Menominee Animal Shelter in Menominee, Mich., launched its Annual “Dog Days of Summer” golf outing in 2006. Left to right: Gina Panske, shelter board member; Carol Lindbom, former board member; Julie Derusha, shelter president and co-chair of the fundraising committee; and Terri Derusha, hole sponsor and shelter supporter. LAURIE KLOIDA
Usually the only animal to benefit from golf tournaments is the Tiger—Woods, that is.

But in Menominee, Mich., Julie Derusha has figured out how to squeeze big dollars out of long drives, sinking a hole in one for shelter animals.

Derusha’s been in charge of the annual Dog Days of Summer golf outing for the Menominee Animal Shelter since the event started in 2006. She’s a founding director of the shelter, its current president, and co-chair of its fundraising committee.

Under her direction, and with the help of volunteers, the Dog Days event has been a success at bringing in money for the shelter, which has an annual budget of about $245,000. The fundraiser—the next one will be Aug. 27—typically grosses $8,000 to $9,000 and nets the shelter about $6,000.

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