We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Concert for Kindness! And we’re officially announcing our awesome Emcee, dog lover Kara Sewell (shown here with her Pomeranian, Bailey) from WFAA for her second year with us.
Kara and Bailey were jaw-dropping models this week in preparation for the concert where they will star in one of the photographic stories that are projected during the concert. Can you blame us for putting them on the big screen?
25 beautiful dogs were photographed for this year’s contest, but only 13 earn a space in the calendar, so as voting continues during the month of August we are inching towards our goal of $20,000 for Artists for Animals community grants for 2019. 100% of your voting dollars go to the fund and animal rescue groups from the north Texas area apply for grants with a simple one page form.
Our mission is simple. To help raise funds for a variety of hard-working nonprofit groups in our area. Volunteers who give up their free time and energy pulling dogs off the streets, healing sick and wounded pets, vetting and re-homing and offering spay and neuter services to break the cycle of homelessness. Many of these groups are small and dedicated, but lack the time and funds to hold their own fundraising events –and they need our support.
It’s time to vote in our annual Tiny Dog Calendar Contest for Artists for Animals Community Grants. We have 25 dogs in the race and only 13 spots, so we’re selling votes! Each vote is $1 (100% of the voting proceeds go to the grant fund) and you can buy as many votes as you wish and as often as you like — UNTIL August 31st at midnight.
Teresa Berg Photography creates portraits for all of the dogs in the contest and designs and publishes the calendar annually to raise money to support the AFA Community Grants program. In this way, AFA can help raise money for a variety of initiatives across the north Texas region. Rescue groups are encouraged to fill out the grant proposal form each fall and the AFA board votes to give grants based on need and the type of project they are working on. Last year $18,000 was raised and given as $2000 grants to 9 different animal rescue charities.
We made a visit to Kyle Clark’s Advanced Drawing Class at Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts as we do on a regular basis, and as usual were completely amazed. The creative energy of these wonderful young artists makes every minute there an real treat. The artwork they are doing for this year’s Concert for Kindness Silent Auction is nearing completion and so beautiful.
Our Tiny Dog Calendar contest is complete and we sold a record number 15,695 votes! This money will be distributed via grants to a variety of local animal rescue groups within the next couple of months. This is how we all save lives and help relieve overcrowding in local area shelters — SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES- and congratulations to our winners!
If you’re a member of an animal rescue group in the north Texas area and would like to apply for a grant, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line that reads: GRANT PROPOSAL REQUEST and we will email you the appropriate form!
Voting is almost half over and we’re a whisker away from 6000 votes! What’s your voting strategy? Waiting until the last minute might and then spending the whole amount? That might sound like the thing to do, but you’re voting blind that last evening and hanging back doesn’t incentivize the pack!
If some of our dogs in the middle of the race think they’ve “got it made” they might not try as hard — and we all need a dangling carrot (um, er, bone?) once in a while. So why not do half now and save half for the finish line?
Whatever your strategy, we’re so very grateful for your support — and may the best dogs win!
Our annual calendar is off to the races! 21 dogs have been photographed for this year’s contest — and votes are $1 each. All voting money goes to Artists for Animals fund for homeless pets. So don’t miss out on the fun. Pick a favorite and watch our facebook page for the daily vote tallies! Vote as often as you wish, but the contest ends on August 31st. The top 13 vote-getters will appear in the calendar.
Our new venue for 2017 has 750 seats and lots of room for art and animal lovers!
Join us Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the fabulous Dallas City Performance Hall for this multi-media event featuring classical music from some of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians. Also featuring photography and art from some of Dallas’ budding new artists (on sale exclusively in our silent auction), Dancers from Avant Chamber Ballet and Wine and Dessert.
All to benefit Operation Kindness — Dallas’ oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Be sure you get your tickets early — available online now- just click the BUY TICKETS tab above.