A helping hand

Animal lovers show support for proposed project at

Animal lovers from throughout Blount County and beyond gathered at the Maryville home of Joy Bishop recently to raise awareness and funds for a new municipal shelter.

Bishop hosted the reception for the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation at her home on the evening of Dec. 4. “It was wonderful,” said Bishop. “We are really pleased.”

Bishop said a diverse group of people showed up, but all had one goal -- taking care of Blount County’s animals.

“We had many county commissioners and a great turnout of elected officials,” said Bishop. “It’s always gratifying to me to see the county and private citizens working together.”

Chris Protzman, president of the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation, said the reception went very well. A highlight of the event was when Carl Koella presented a check for $10,000 from the Clayton Family Foundation.

“I really appreciated Joy Bishop and Peggy Lambert teaming up for this,” said Protzman. “I think it s a strong reflection of the commitment from the community beginning to grow on the animal shelter initiative,” he said. “I really appreciate the leadership and the stewardship they have lent to our organization to help further our cause at a critical time when each dollar makes a big impact.”

To support the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation, go to www.smokymountainanimalcare.org.

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