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FUNDRAISING DRIVE OVER $1 MILLION

FUNDRAISING DRIVE OVER $1 MILLION

Site Bought For New Shelter

INDEX – Just six weeks old, the $2 million “Shelter Us” fund drive passed the halfway mark in recent days, giving the Susquehanna SPCA confidence to buy land for its new headquarters.

Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com – SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, with puppy Zero,  and board Chair Gaylord Dillingham look over new site.

The SPCA has closed the deal on two acres of land at 5088-5082 Route 28, CPA Judith Brown’s former office and the building next door.

“We’re finalizing everything withour construction management team.  We are planning to break ground early in the spring,” said SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

As for the money raised, “We had a goal of $1 million by the end of 2018,” said Haynes. “And we’ve raised more than that.”

That includes the $500,000 from the state, as well as pledges and gifts, one amounting to $300,000. “We’ve had some amazing people come forward,” she said.

The $1 million raised doesn’t include the $59,945.92 raised through the Staffworks Save-a-Life campaign, which promised to match up to $10,000 in donations, as of Dec. 28.

Stacie Haynes Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win Everyone’s Appreciation

Editorial for December 28, 2018

Stacie Haynes
Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win
Everyone’s Appreciation

In early 2015, when the credentials of Hometown Oneonta/The Freeman’s Journal “20 Under 40” honorees were published in this newspaper, Stacie Haynes – one of the 20 – called to say how impressed she was by everyone’s accomplishments.
“I’m not worthy,” she said.

The Freeman’s Journal file photo – When streets needed cleaning during the record Cal Ripken Jr. induction, Citizen of 2007 Carol B. Waller got to work.

It was explained to her that an independent panel of community leaders from Oneonta and Cooperstown had convened, reviewed nominations from the public, and chosen the 20 as among the most promising young people in Otsego County.
The newspaper’s editors hadn’t made the selection and, under the guidelines, had no standing to add or remove anyone.
This year, though, Stacie Haynes, now executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, more than proved the “20 Under 40” judges’ confidence.

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