Sunday, April 15, 2012

Knoxville Walk and Wag Dog Walk raises funds for memorial scholarship

If your family is looking for a June outing, I have the one for you. The Knoxville Walk and Wag Dog Walk charity fundraiser takes place on June 2 and it is not just any event. This one is being done to honor the memory of a little girl who died as the result of a tragic horseback riding accident.

This why you want to support this Knoxville event:

Sometimes bad things happen that are no one's fault. The death of 10 year old Abby Gibson fits into that category. She was familiar with the horse, wore a riding helmet and was under the supervision of a caring instructor.

When the horse stumbled they both went down. Abby was lifeflighted to UTMedical Center where doctors did everything they could. In the end, it was a tragedy that no one could predict or prevent.

Abby's mom could have become bitter in her grief but did not. Instead, Jennifer Gibson decided to create a the Abby Gibson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the UT Vet school in Knoxville. This will give graduates from an East Tennessee High School the chance to become the veterinarian that Abby wanted to be.

Another reason to support this charity fundraiser is that the monies for the scholarship will be invested by the university. First, Jennifer Gibson has to raise $25,000 to get the fund going. At $16,000 she is already more than halfway to the amount that she needs and is counting on a charity fundraiser to meet her goal.

This is where you and the Knoxville Walk and Wag can come together. PetSafe is the presenting sponsor. The day is just about guaranteed to be fun for the entire family and it couldn't be for a better cause.

Knoxville Walk and Wag will be held at Victor Ashe Park on Saturday, June 2. Registration for the dgo walk begins at 9 am. the dog walk is at 10 am and other festivities begin at 11 am. There will be animal rescue groups, lots of activities and information from PetSafe. Check the Facebook page for details.

The is more than just another Knoxville fundraiser. It is the quest of a mother to honor the memory of her daughter. Festivities happen rain or shine. Thanks to sponsorships from PetSpace and volunteers, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Abby Gibson Memorial Scholarship fund. PetSafe is supporting it, won't you join them too?

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