Mayor Svante Myrick (Provided photo)

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ITHACA, N.Y. — Jim Bouderau, SPCA of Tompkins County executive director, has announced that City of Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick, will serve as the Chairperson of the shelter’s most important annual fundraising event, the 2015 March for the Animals.

The March for the Animals is scheduled for Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the F.R. Newman Arboretum in The Plantations on the Cornell University campus. The Plantations also serves as host sponsor for the event. Like other local “friend-raising” events, the majority of fundraising for the $100,000 goal will take place in the weeks leading up to the event.

Bouderau says “Svante, like so many people in our community, is dedicated to our no-kill mission and to saving lives not only in the City of Ithaca, but all of Tompkins County. I am thrilled that he will chair our 6th annual March for the Animals. For the next six weeks, Mayor Myrick will be helping us rally fundraisers so we meet our goal!”

Mayor Svante Myrick (Provided photo)

The March’s Presenting Sponsor is CFCU Community Credit Union.

The Lead Sponsor is Harris Beach, PLLC.

 “Our sponsors are integral to success of the event,” Bouderau goes on to say. “With $100,000 to raise for the veterinary care of hundreds of shelter animals, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors, our event fundraisers, all of their supporters, and everyone who volunteers and participates.”

While we are still in the process of confirming sponsors for the event, at this time Gold Sponsors ($1,000) include The Computing Center and Sprague and Janowsky. Silver Sponsors ($500) include Asthma and Allergy Associates, P.C.; Audrey Edelman Realty USA; Communique Design and Marketing, the Hilton Garden Inn of Ithaca, Warren Real Estate, The Fairfield Inn, The Inn on Columbia, and Chiang and O’Brien Architects. Bronze Sponsors ($250) include Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital and the Strebel Planning Group.

Our Media Sponsors for the event are Cayuga Radio Group and

Business interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact the SPCA as soon as possible to be included in promotional materials.

The March  for the Animals is a “friend-raiser” and, like Hospicare’s Women Swimmin’ or  the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, it’s success relies on the exponential power of participation.

Adults and children may register for the March by going to and following the March links. The SPCA asks that adults raise a minimum of $100 each and that children attempt to raise $50 each. Bouderau says “10 people who ask just 10 friends each for $10 each can raise $1000 in no time!”

 For more information about the 2015 March for the Animals, please contact Jim Bouderau at  or Lynne Conway, Volunteer and Philanthropic Programs Manager at

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Jolene Almendarez

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