We were pleased to once again be a “lead” sponsor for the Animal Friends telethon broadcast live on WTAE last month, donating a substantial amount of funding, time and effort to this worthwhile cause.
Anyone who knows Fragasso Financial Advisors knows how near and dear this organization is to our founder, Bob Fragasso. He sits on its board of directors and intimately understands how precarious the long-term stability of a nonprofit like Animal Friends can be.
The 7th annual telethon kicked off on Saturday, March 24, under rainy skies at the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center. However, the weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, nor did it diminish the excitement among all in attendance after Animal Friends officially announced a 40-acre expansion project.
In addition to sneaking a peek at the Channel 4 media machine in action, those in attendance were treated to raffles, pet food giveaways, cupcakes and pet photo stations. The Animal Friends staff took the opportunity to extend its heartfelt thanks to those who have helped support the organization throughout the years, in times both good and bad.
Perhaps most touching, 30 (now former) residents found permanent homes. Thanks to Pittsburgh comedian Jimmy Krenn, the fun was extended an extra week. Through April 1, Jimmy’s dog Gizmo Krenn sponsored a special event in which pets age 2 and older could be adopted for just $5.
Overall, this year’s telethon raised $152,495 for homeless animals. This funding helps ensure the well being of our future pets while also helping to curb overpopulation.
Animal Friends, of course, is just one example of Fragasso’s commitment to Pittsburgh’s tremendous charitable landscape. Other members of our firm are also involved with similar nonprofits, offering their guidance and support as volunteers, donors or board members.
Aiding and contributing to the overall sustainability of the region is one of the most important things we do as a firm. That’s what makes our involvement with events like the Animal Friends Telethon so rewarding.
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Ray Amelio is Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, a Pittsburgh-based investment and financial planning firm. Due to industry regulations, comments are not permitted on this blog. If you would like to contact the author, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ray can also be reached for comment at 412-227-3203.