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Businesses show love of ‘pet’ projects, other causes

Community leaders and business and nonprofit representatives pose with creatures great and small Wednesday morning as MainStreet Roswell announces the results to date of its annual MainStreet Has a Heart fundraising effort. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Roswell businesses have raised $2,610 so far for local nonprofits and community organizations as part of this year’s MainStreet Has a Heart fundraising effort, an annual event begun four years ago that launched in early February.

MainStreet Roswell businesses have donated directly, raised contributions from customers or both to benefit local groups. Sometimes fundraising occurs only during the February First Friday event, but other times businesses choose to fund-raise for the entire month or even longer.

Kathy Lay, executive director of MainStreet Roswell, said that donations so far have ranged from $50 to $1,000. Seven participating businesses and their chosen organizations took part in the effort this year.

Ancients of Days and owner Don James are giving to the Roswell Refuge. Barringer’s Blossom Shop and store manager Breanna Rullan are donating to Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services. Once Again Consignment and owner Molly Boyles has contributed to the therapy dog program of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). 

Rustic Essentials and owner Tanna Johnson are supporting the city’s Spring River Zoo. She’s a Dandy and owner Camaryn Henington are giving to Runyan Ranches Rescue Zoo. Tascosa Office Supplies and staff member Theresa Dikeman are donating to the Roswell Humane Society.

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The Gallery at Main Street Arts, and member and artist Nan Hein, have chosen Friends of Roswell Animals (FORA) for its cause.

Editor’s note: Included in the photo are representatives of the businesses and organizations mentioned in the story below as well as members of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Redcoats; Runyan Ranches’ llama, alpaca and baby goat; Kevin Bacon, the Spring River Zoo’s potbellied pig; CASA dogs Zia, Ben, Emma and Henry; Molly, an adoptable dog from the Friends of Roswell Animals group; and Rosco (aka Enrique Moreno), the mascot for the Roswell Community Disaster Relief organization. Community leaders include Mayor Dennis Kintigh (in gray suit), Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcus Nava (to his right), Roswell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Candace Lewis Purcella (front row, third from right) and MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay (front, right). 

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