Bernie and A Place to Bark did not come in in the top four, they were fifth. That means she doesn’t get the $50,000 grant. However, it’s still all good. This is from Bernie’s blog, though written by Claudine Hellmuth:
The Network for Good grant contest is officially over and even though A Place to Bark didn’t win the $50,000 grant, we are still winners!!!!
I just got off the phone with Bernie, she is 180 miles away from Chicago with her 41 dogs and 1 kitten all on their way to new homes and we were talking about how much GOOD has come from this!!! This has been amazing!! We have made new friends, we raised over $42,000!!!!!! and we have a matching grant of $35,000 from the Zoline foundation!! So we have raised $77,000. WOWZA!! and all because of each and everyone of you!!!
We truly felt everyone’s support for this cause and it is so touching to see everyone rallying behind Bernie’s effort to save the lives of these animals. Together person by person, we did what we thought we couldn’t do. This has been an incredible experience and it brings me to tears. Not because we didn’t “win” because when you think about it — we did win!! Each and everyone of you made this fund raiser drive a SUCCESS!!!! We raised a total of $77,000 because of YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Bernie says she will still be able to build a shelter with the money raised. It will have to be a smaller shelter but it will still happen. We can all follow the progress on her blog here!
What happens now?
Now Network for Good will audit all the donations from the badges to strip off the duplicate donors to get to the “real” results of individual donors. In 30 days they will notify the official winners. Could A Place to Bark still win? In theory we could if one of the other badges had many duplicate donors. A Place to Bark will still receive $1,000 from Network for Good for placing in the top 8, so that is wonderful!! All the final contest details are on this page here from Parade Magazine who sponsored the challenge.
Thanks to everyone who donated. We really made a difference. What many people don’t realize is that there are going to be more and more homeless dogs and cats as their owners lose their homes due to ballooning real estate taxes. People like Bernie do the hard, heartbreaking work. I’m glad we could all help.