Over a three-month period in 2012, what began with one little girl’s ambition turned into a $600 reality for Project Hope No-Kill Humane Society.
Chloe Corzine, the 10-year-old daughter of Richard and Cricket Corzine of Metropolis, is hoping to exceed that contribution to the non-kill animal shelter located in Metropolis — this year’s goal is $1000 — by holding Chloe’s Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Sonic Drive In in Metropolis. During that time, donors can purchase Puppy Paws for $1 and Dog Faces $2 to show their support of the non-kill animal shelter located in Metropolis. The window decals will be posted at Sonic.
In addition, on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sonic will sell corndogs for 50 cents each. All the money raised from that time’s corndogs sales will be donated to Chloe to help her with her fundraising project.
Plus, Big Daddy’s barbecue pork butts will be available at Project Hope this weekend. Pre-orders are being taken through noon on Friday with pickup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The butts weigh 4 to 6 pounds and each will come with a bottle of Big Daddy’s mild barbecue sauce. The cost per order is $25, and must be pre-paid. Order forms are available at Project Hope Animal Shelter or by e-mail at info@projecthopeanimalshelter. All proceeds go to Project Hope.
Chloe was 8 when she embarked on her first fundraiser for the shelter after learning about the book Here’s My Dollar. Written by Gary Soto, the book is based on the true story of little girl who’d visited the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno, Calif., which needed funding. The little girl wrote to her local newspaper about the zoo’s plight and set out to save it $1 at a time. Inspired, Chloe set out on a similar mission for Project Hope after being introduced to it in the summer of 2012 when she and her mother took a kitten they had found. “Chloe’s passion is animals. When she was out there, she got totally mesmerized by all those animals,” Cricket Corzine said in December. And those who learned of her endeavor became mesmerized by Chloe turning a little over $200 into $600 after reading about her in the Metropolis Planet.
Joining Chloe with the fundraising is her friend and fellow animal lover Lauren Umberger, the 9-year-old daughter of Mike and Shanda Umberger of Metropolis, along with her aunt, Kim Brown, who is the local Sonic manager. Chloe and Lauren are on their way to achieving their $1000 goal, having raised $259 so far.
In addition to the Sonic fundraisers, Chloe is also coordinating a Hat Day at her school.
Along with funding, other donations are also being sought for Project Hope. They include: puppy and dog food, kitten and cat food, cleaning supplies, bleach, old newspapers, paper towels, cat litter and other pet care items.
Monetary donations, with checks made payable to Project Hope, can be mailed to Chloe Corzine, 515 E. Sixth St., Metropolis, IL 62960.
“These two girls both have a real love for animals and want to see Project Hope continue the great work that they do,” said Cricket Corzine. “We never dreamed children as young as Chloe and Lauren could work so hard to help out such a worthwhile project as Project Hope. These two kids make you proud to see the values that we as parents only hope they have later in life, but as an 8-, 9- or even a 10-year old it is just heartwarming. We are asking for all of those that would like to help to come by and encourage these kids to keep on doing good to help out others in their lives.”
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