During the month of July, Culver’s of Valparaiso asked the Valparaiso community to help them raise money for Lakeshore PAWS and the dogs for which they help find a forever home. Throughout the month, various means of fundraising were used and the community stepped up to support the cause! The $1,000 check was presented by Culver’s Staff on Friday to Jeanne Sommer, Director of Lakeshore PAWS, and one of the adoptable dogs, Mojo.
Culver’s raised the money for Lakeshore PAWS through many means, including donations, trinket sales, and games to get the community involved. As a cause that partners with Culver’s each year, many have seen the dogs that Lakeshore PAWS is helping, and are given the opportunity to interact with them at special events. Getting these pups into the community is important for raising awareness and giving people the opportunity to interact with the dogs they otherwise wouldn’t see.
“A lot of people come in to support our causes, but especially for Lakeshore PAWS. We put the dogs out for people to see and have pup cups when people come through the drive-thru so the community loves to help us support that stuff,” said Ashley Crouch, a recently promoted manager for Culver’s of Valparaiso.
Lakeshore PAWS runs their facility completely on donations and adoption fees, making significant donations such as this incredibly meaningful. Many dogs taken in by the facility require medical attention, training, and of course regular food, water, and playtime. Getting the dogs some exposure and out into the community helps raise awareness, but the funding is what truly helps the animals thrive and receive these necessary resources.
“It means so much, I can’t even explain how much it means just because of the fact that we run totally on donation and adoption fees. Businesses that support our cause are such a help to us,” said Sommer.
Each month Culver’s can be counted on to choose a worthy cause to raise money for in the Valparaiso community. Involvement is something deeply ingrained in the Culver’s philosophy and culture, and something they work hard to encourage with their employees.
“It’s who we are. We’re a hometown place and we love giving back to the community that we serve. That’s who we are as the Culver’s of Valparaiso,” said David Allan-Ortiz, Assistant Manager for Culver’s of Valparaiso.
Mojo wasn’t left out of the festivities, either. After posing for photos with the Culver’s crew, he enjoyed his very own pup cup!