Artists’ group holds June 4 fundraiser for Animal League

by Sarah Melton

MOUNT HOLLY – The Catawba River Artisans group is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Animal League of Gaston County on June 4.

Pet Project will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Café and Gallery at the City, 128 S. Main St., in downtown Mount Holly. The event will include face painting, a silent auction for work donated by the artisans, obedience demonstrations and a lunch special from City Cafe.

Tom Pachecho will take pet photos for $10, with $5 going to the Animal League. Bring a bag of cat or dog food, and organizers will put your name into drawings for prizes.

Catawba River Artisans will donate a percentage of the booth fees to the Animal League.

“Since we are all critter people, we wanted to do something supporting local artists and the Animal League,” Lynette Demperio, a member of the group, said. “We hope to make this an annual event.”

The Animal League is a nonprofit organization that offers pet rescue, adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to save more than 1,800 dogs and cats from being euthanized at the Gaston County Animal Shelter and other shelters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Founding member Ann Isenhour said the organization relies on donations and fundraisers to help pay for its low-cost spay/neuter clinic and adoptions from the Gaston County Animal Shelter. Not many groups hold fundraisers for the Animal League, so Isenhour is appreciative of Catawba River Artisans’ gesture.

“What is so good about this particular event is it’s a community-based event,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of people in Mount Holly who are familiar with the Animal League and the clinic, as we do in Gastonia. This is an opportunity for people in Mount Holly to really learn about what we do.”

For more information, contact Renee Clemmer at 704-263-4068 or 704-718-2256 or

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