On Oct. 12, the "Throwdown for the Pound 8" 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 April. This grand event held for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley brought in nearly $3,000. 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. Year after year and show after show they make it happen. 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. For this and your staff, we thank you.
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, (Will) 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 is one top notch supporter, The Locker Room, Little Caesars, 103.1 The Bear, C & C Dodge Toyota Sicon Mr. Cobb you have always been here for us, the employee's at Dominion Gas who raised money to be sponsors themselves, Adventure Quest Inflatables, American Flag and Poles, Biehl-Hawn Insurance, Blue Buffalo, Casual Hero's, Dean's Screen Printing, Dirt Candy, Discount Signs and Awnings, DJ Associates, Domino's of Marietta, Edible Arrangements, Fur's A Flyin', Gimmick Photography, Green Meadow Veterinary Hospital, Hidden Marietta Ghost Trek, JD Byrider, Jimmy Hunt Photography, Kelly Ink, Lowell Moose Lodge, Marietta Brewing Company, McGuffey Tents, Merrick Foods, Mondo Construction, Natural Balance, Nutri Source, Nutro, Omega One, Pioneer Pipe, Premier Printing Solutions, Rent 2 Own, River City pet Hospital, Royal Canin, Sno-Biz, Stacey's Dance Studio, The Dog Gone Groomer, Weber's Market, and Wellness Pet Food. 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, Becky Johnston, Chad Skinner, Mary Buck, Tiffany Buck, Devon Blair, Ron Becker, Shawna Offenberger, and Stacey Johnson - you put up with a lot.
Last but certainly not least, who could forget all the wonderful wrestlers - Garngrel, Facade "The Neon Ninja", Chance Prophet, Viper, Aaron Draven, Rocky Reynolds, Bryan Cross, Matt Cross, Troy Davis, Brandon Tolle, Bulldozer, Bruce Gray, Sassy Stephanie, Maria Kanellis, Cole Cash, Matt Conard, Gory, Stell Leppard, Greg Iron, Zach Gowen, Great Cheyenne - 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.