Saturday, November 23, 2013
Pet Helpers, the Lowcountry’s first no-kill shelter, was named the Nonprofit of the Year at Friday evening’s Giving Back Awards, held in Memminger Auditorium.
More than 1,500 text votes poured in, declaring Pet Helpers the winner in front of a crowd of 400 on Friday evening. Pet Helpers beat 87 other nonprofits to win the top prize. The animal shelter and low-cost spay/neuter clinic is celebrating 35 years of saving lives in the Lowcountry.
“To win this award in the same year that we celebrate our 35th anniversary is a great testament to the difference Pet Helpers has made in Charleston,” acting executive director Sarah Wees said. “We were honored to be a finalist alongside other worthy nonprofits like Bishop Gadsen, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Chase After a Cure and Courageous Kidz. Tonight’s event shows what a caring community Charleston is.”
Charleston Magazine and the Coastal Community Foundation created the awards in 2005 to celebrate the philanthropic spirit of the Lowcountry. This year, online voting whittled the original field of 88 nominees down to the final five, which where featured in the November issue of Charleston Magazine.
“It is great to see how this organization has grown over the years,” president and founder Carol Linville said, who was on hand Friday night to accept the award. “Pet Helpers is the result of complete dedication by so many individuals, whether they are staff, volunteers or donors. I am so proud to represent this organization.”