Letters to the Editor, April 13, 2011

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Animal groups respond

A response to LifeBridge from the Monarchs, Mutts, Meows Fundraiser Committee (“Animal fundraiser bits 1 participant,” April 6): We wish we had more money to share with all animal-related groups.  The need is so great.  
The fundraiser committee was happy and pleased to donate $750 to LifeBridge following the Monarchs, Mutts, and Meows Event. LifeBridge was not on the event-planning committee. After the committee was formed and well into the planning stages for the dance, it was determined that each group taking a role in organizing and hosting the event would share the proceeds equally.
However, it was decided to honor LifeBridge with a contribution to acknowledge LifeBridge’s good work in the community. The committee did not determine or vote on an amount to be distributed to LifeBridge until after the event.
The groups that organized the event were animal rescue groups:  Woodstock Animal Foundation, The Shelby County Humane Society, The No Kill Mission, and Operation CatSnip.
These groups on the committee collected hundreds of wonderful items to include in 67 spectacular silent auction baskets and invested hundreds of hours making the Monarchs, Mutts, and Meows the successful event it became. LifeBridge graciously contributed one gift certificate and items that we were able to craft into two silent auction baskets.  
Most of all, we are grateful to the community for their outpouring of generosity, compassion for the cause, and support of the event.
The purpose of the fundraiser was to provide much needed funds for medical/surgical treatment and hands-on care to homeless, neglected and abused animals in our community. These groups (which planned the event) deal with the urgent needs of animals, rescue distressed companion animals from unimaginable conditions, treat gaping wounds and try to rebuild trust with homeless pets deserving a second chance.
The rationale for the division of the proceeds was sent to Ms. [Teresa] Bottom at LifeBridge via E-mail several weeks ago.  The Monarchs, Mutts, and Meows Committee feel the distribution of the net amount ($13,285.10) was fair and equitable based on the hours and efforts put in by the groups involved in planning the event.
We support the mission of LifeBridge in providing humane education in elementary schools and by promoting kindness and respect for animals.  The $750 was intended as a gift.   We regret and are disappointed LifeBridge feels slighted.

Nancy Guilliom, Jo Carol McGavic, Robin Kenyon, Richele Wilson, Sandy Hill, Barb Witte
Monarchs, Mutts, & Meows Planning Committee

Thanks from Sampsons

Thank you, Shelby County, for your tribute to Tommy Sampson. A special thanks to The Sentinel-News for the great articles on Tommy Sampson and a special thanks to Congressman Brett Guthrie for the Congressional Record in the Library of Congress (“EMS founder Sampson honored by Congress,” March 2).
Thank you to John and Bill Shannon and their staff. Spe-cial thanks to Bill Shannon, who helped Tommy on his road to a career in a community he loved. Thanks to all pallbearers.
Thanks to Donnie Bentley (Bentley Monuments), John Lewis (Bagdad Cemetery) and Bill Stewart and his staff for plowing through all the legal work for us.
Special thanks to Director EMS Todd Early and Shelby County EMS for organizing an honor guard, all emergency vehicles for funeral procession. Thanks to Shelbyville and Louisville Metro Police. Thanks to state police, past and present Thanks to Mike Armstrong and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to Oldham County, Henry County, Bullitt County, Spencer County, Franklin County, Nelson County, rural metro, Hardin County EMS. Thanks to coroners, past and present.
Thanks to Shelby County, Simpsonville, Bagdad, Mount Eden, U.S. 60 East, Waddy, Ballardsville, Anchorage, Shelbyville and Louisville Metro fire departments. A special thanks to Yellow Ambulance EMS.
A special thanks to Chief Bobby Cowherd, Shelby County Ladies Auxiliary, Janet Morris, Kac Newton and Family Physicians (Henry and Shelby offices) for the food.
For Shelby County Detention Center, County Clerk Sue Carole Perry and her staff, Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County dispatchers and staff. Special thanks to Cassie Desimone for Tommy’s last call (awesome job).
For Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and his staff. Thanks, Rob, you were Tommy’s family. For Masonic Lodges No. 5, 662 and Kosair Shriners.
For Hosparus of Louisville (who were angels without wings, you made our road easier). For paramedics Darrell Campbell and Allen Robinson (Shelby County) and Phil Sumtner and K. L. Lloyd (Yellow Ambulance) who was there to the end. Tommy loved you guys.
Thanks to Dr. Waldridge (Sr. and Jr.) for the care throughout his life. Thanks to Rev. Holder, Norris Beckley, Randy Brown and Clay Street Baptist Church. Thanks to Karen Perez (sister and aunt) for all the errands while we took care of Tommy.
Thanks for all who visited or sent cards, food and prayers.
Please forgive us if we left anyone out. We are blessed to live in such a great community that lives up to its motto “Good Land, Good Living, Good People.”

Beverly and Clark Sampson and Barbara Sampson Doggette

Tornado victims thankful

On Feb. 28 our home was destroyed by the tornado in Eminence. We are so grateful to be a part of such a supportive and generous community. There are not enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you so much. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Gregg, Marsha and Tommy Williams


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