Hogs for Dogs fundraiser to benefit Imperial Valley Humane Society
Robert Brown, chairman of the Hogs for Dogs Fun Run, talks about raising funds, bikers, motorcycles and pet food during the Hogs for Dogs Fun Run event in El Centro on Saturday. "We do this to raise donations and to purchase pet foods for the Humane Society," he said. (JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO / March 17, 2013)
Robert and Alicia Brown, El Centro residents, organized the event at the Mando’s Stereo parking lot Saturday. All the proceeds raised will go to benefit the Imperial Valley Humane Society.
The bikers started their ride at 10:30 a.m., which took them from the Mando’s Stereo in El Centro to Holtville, Brawley, Imperial, and finally back to El Centro’s Carlos Aguilar Memorial Park.
“Bikers are one of the most generous people out there. It also gives the guys a chance to ride and have a good time,” said Robert Brown in choosing the biker-themed fundraiser.
Some of the bikers who attended the event said they have either rescued an animal from the Humane Society or have taken in a stray cat or dog.
Alicia Brown is one of them, and said she feels there is a community need to help raise funds for the Imperial Valley Humane Society.
Bruce McPhetridge of Imperial, who has picked up strays and taken them home, said, “Bikers like to help their community.”
“Mando” Villaseñor, owner of Mando’s Stereo, provided the space for the event.
“I have always been involved knowing that the community needs a lot of help, especially the Humane Society,” he said.
He also provided music for the bikers as they gathered in the parking lot.
Victor Salgado and Faviola Trujillo, both residents of Imperial, saw the flier at Petco. Trujillo said she wanted to get involved with the benefit because, “We get to ride, have fun and it is a good cause for dogs.”
Devon Apodaca, manager with the Imperial Valley Humane Society, said, “There was a very generous amount of food that was donated.”
Money from the fundraiser will primarily pay for food and vaccinations for animals. However, some of the proceeds will also go toward a new air conditioner and swamp coolers for the animals, Apodaca said.
Apodaca added he doesn’t yet know how much money the fun run raised, but that anything would be helpful.
Alicia Brown summed up the day’s efforts: “It takes time and effort on the community’s part. How we take care of our pets is a reflection of ourselves,” she said.
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