The state of The NYC Pug Meetup Group post-Halloween bash :)

From: Lin & Lenny the P.
Sent on: Monday, October 14, 2013 3:17 PM

Howdy Pug Family!

On the heels of yet another highly successful pug Halloween party, Lenny and I wanted to take a moment to address the group.

In a nutshell, WE LOVE OUR NYC PUG FAMILY!

But, you all know that :) This is just a bit about why...

It seems like just last year Lenny and I organized this group's very first Halloween party. And yet, yesterday we hosted our NINTH Halloween bash. And in case you were wondering, this was our second largest Halloween gathering with nearly 60 pugs and 100+ humans (coming from as far as NJ, PA, FL and TX) attending this year's event, raising $700+ for Curly Tail Pug Rescue and Animal Haven!

You may be wondering how we divide the collected funds at our group's events. Let us be VERY CLEAR -- The NYC Meetup Group is NOT a part of any rescue or shelter organization. We are a pug-centric social group with philanthropic goals. We have had a deal in place for the past eight years with Animal Haven which allows us to host private monthly gatherings in their 1500 sq ft event space on the second floor of the SoHo shelter. In exchange for the use of the fantastic space, we collect per pug and pug-less human fees at every event. The first $200 collected is always given to Animal Haven at the conclusion of every Meetup. Any additional funds collected are donated to Curly Tail Pug Rescue (CTPR). Absolutely no monies are kept by Lenny or I. So, not only does your pug get to play off-leash in a private indoor space for two hours every month, but you get to feel good because your $10+ fee (donation) goes directly to nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to find loving homes for homeless animals.

Special thanks go out to Jesse, Liz and Mikayla from Swifto Dog Walking, Sonia and Carrie from CTPR and our own Kevin and Liz (Lennon the Pug's parents), for working so hard helping set up the room, assisting attendees, judging the contest and cleaning up after yesterday's party! Lenny and I couldn't have done it without them!

We'd also like to thank the 18 incredibly generous companies who provided all the tiny treat bag and contest prize goodies! This year's prize bags were officially the most luxurious ever!

And last, but not least, thank you to each and every one of the party attendees! The party couldn't have been successful without you nor would it have gone as smoothly without your cooperation.

If you haven't had a chance to check them out, our pictures have been posted. We encourage all of you to add your own photos from yesterday's party. There is a Meetup app for both iPhone and Android that allows you to upload photos easily :)

We hope to see all of you throughout the year! Our schedule is easy to remember -- EVERY 2nd Sunday of EVERY month from 11am-1pm at Animal Haven :)

Pugs & Kisses,
Lin & Lenny the Pug

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