On April 27, the "Throwdown for the Pound 7" event was held. This was another awesome fundraiser for all that attended. For those who could not make it, you missed out again. But don't worry, I believe we are on schedule again come October. This grand event, held for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, brought in $4,726. There are enormously generous businesses and people I would like to thank so very much. First of all, the man that gears up for every one of these and has worked so hard to make it successful, Adam Johnson of We Luv Pets, and his two main guys, Joe Offenberger and Sam Smith. If it were not for you guys, these events would never have come to pass. People sometimes do not realize all the efforts that are put into a fundraiser. The time, patience and work are sometimes taken for granted. I would like to tell the Mid-Ohio Valley - please support him and We Luv Pets. Not only does he do this to help the shelter, but he also is kind enough to foster our animals in his store until they find their forever homes. He has also made some his new family members.
Special thanks to The Holiday Inn (Cindy) for housing our wrestlers during their stay. A very warm thank you from us goes to the Marietta Middle School, Mr. Hampton (principal of the Middle School) and the entire school district - without you guys we wouldn't have a place for these shows.
We would also like to send out a special thank you to Melanie Preston, owner of Preston's Beauty Academy, and also Melanie's Design Specialist, she came through when we ran low on sponsors for this one, The Locker Room, Sears in Parkersburg, Little Caesars, 103.1 The Bear, Marietta Brewing Company & C Dodge Toyota Scion, United Welding Service, Hidden Marietta Moose Lodge of Lowell, Blue Dog Foods, Nutro Dog Foods, Mondo Excavating, Green Meadow Veterinary Hospital, River City Pet Hospital, Petsafe, Science Diet, Stacey's Dance Studio, J.D. Byrider, Edible Arrangements, McGuffey Tents, Discounts Signs and Awnings, Omega One, The Dog Gone Groomer, Kelly Ink, Beihl Hawn Insurance and D.J. Associates, American Flag and Poles,Weber's, Sno Biz, Natural Balance, Norwood Tavern, The Town House, Dirt Candy, Gimmick Photography, Jim Hunt Photography, Premier Printing Solutions, Screenprinting.com, Odyssey Theatre and Chandman Designs without these sponsors we can't do this.
The individual thanks for helping goes out to my crew; great job goes out to Kelly McGilton and husband, Jared, "Barbie" McGilton, "Big Man" Nevin, Becky Johnston, Chad Skinner, Lisa Merrow, Carol Lindamood, Mary Buck, Ron Becker, Shawna Offenberger, Stacey Johnson you put up with a lot, also the volunteers who came out to help, Casey Sargent and Robin Lehew - these are some new faces to our fundraisers ... thank you.
Last, but certainly not least, who could forget all the wonderful wrestlers, "The Hurricane" can that guy fly or what, Mighty Molly Facade "The Neon Ninja," Chance Prophet, Gory, Sassy Stephanie, Christina Von Eerie, Adam Pearce, Jason "The Gift" Kincaid, Viper, B.J Whimter, Logan Shulo, Aaron Draven, all the guys in the first ever Riot Match who came to show their support and put on a great show. If there was any other thank you left unsaid I do apologize, there were so many of you that helped.
I cannot truly convey how greatly appreciated this was to you all. This goes for all fundraisers done for us. If not for all these fundraisers, it makes it awfully hard to do the great work we do. Please support all these business who continue to support us. Thank you all again for making this "Throwdown for the Pound" another complete success!
Steve Herron is executive director of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.