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Show Me the Money: Cruising Cockers

Rescue group raises money with floating fundraiser

Rescue group raises money with floating fundraiser

About 80 people and their dogs filled the top deck of a “canine cruise” in August 2008, an annual fundraiser organized by the Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue Group. The event, which took place in a tourist boat on the Potomac River, netted nearly $1,400 for the group. JIM MICH
Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue, a group serving the Washington, D.C., metro area, has learned one of the secrets to creating a successful fundraiser: Use unique local scenery and activities to draw in participants—and put on an event that encourages them to bring their dogs.

That strategy has helped make the all-volunteer group’s “canine cruise” on the scenic Potomac River a success. The second annual boat tour, in August 2008, attracted 80 people and their dogs and netted nearly $1,400—all without too much effort, says Jim Mich, vice president of operations and co-chair for fundraising.

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