Animal Lover Selected as Community Leader

Ilene Wellner of Philadelphia celebrated ASPCA Day on April 10 in a creative way.

Posted: May 10, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Animal Lover Selected as Community Leader
Kittens, cats and other animals will benefit from the efforts of the ASPCA’s Community Leader of 2008.
On April 10, ASPCA Day, Ilene Wellner encouraged her neighbors to “Go Orange for Animals” by organizing and executing a bake sale and bagel benefit, raising funds for the ASPCA, Pennsylvania SPCA, Main Line Animal Rescue, Paws/PACCA and the Delaware County SPCA.

She also distributed ASPCA bookmarks and posters to area children, and urged local residents to make donations of much needed supplies and funds to local shelters. Her fund-raising activities captured the attention of local media outlets, including WCAU-TV, which covered her festivities.

For her efforts, the ASPCA selected Wellner as its Community Leader of 2008. Wellner showed the most creative efforts to celebrate ASPCA Day, the anniversary of the organization’s founding.

“The Community Leader Contest was designed to acknowledge the countless people across the country who support our mission each and every day with passion, creativity and drive,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO. “Each entry we received showed a great passion for increasing awareness of the humane treatment of animals. However, we felt that Ilene’s community-focused approach deserved special recognition, since it’s a great example of how small steps can effect great change.”

 As the Community Leader of 2008, Wellner and a guest will receive a trip to New York City to tour the ASPCA shelter, courtesy of Iams pet food. Wellner and her guest will meet Sayres and the ASPCA’s humane law enforcement officers.

“Winning the ASPCA’s 2008 Community Leader contest is a huge thrill for me,” Wellner said. “I want to inspire people of all ages to look within themselves and ask how they can make a difference, because giving really is getting.”

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E    Attleboro, MA

5/12/2008 12:43:18 AM


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5/11/2008 10:16:57 PM

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