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Flagler student organizes St. Augustine Humane Society benefit

'Paws in the Sand' walk-a-thon raises $6,000 for St. Augustine shelter

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A dog walk-a-thon held organized by a student at Flatler College on March 31 raised $6,000 for the St. Augustine Humane Society.

Participants and supporters pledged donations of $1 or more to sponsor each team participating in the Paws in the Sand walk held at Butler Beach Park.  IN addition to a one-mile walk on the beach and demonstrations by St. Johns County K-9 officers, there was also music, food and prices.

The Society for Advancement of Management Chapter at Flagler College managed all activities as a club project and has named the event as the student group's annual fundraiser.

According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society's operations director, the club did an outstanding job with overseeing the project while obtaining participation from local businesses that donated in-kind services.

"Our members were pleased with the attendance and participation during the fun, dog walk. The first time effort was a tremendous success and we look forward to supporting the annual fundraiser for the Humane Society," said Tucker Estes, Flagler College club member and Paws in the Sand chairperson. "Our members are from various majors at Flagler College, and we were able to use our education and practical knowledge to provide marketing and management expertise."

The fundraising efforts will support the Humane Society's charity pet clinic which helps pet owners who would otherwise be unable to seek preventative medical care for their pets.