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Animal Shelter Raises More than $4000

Samantha Manrique accepts a $2,000 check from Russell Armstrong.
Jerrod Knight
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Russell Armstrong with AIS Financial Services in Commerce presents a check for $2,000 to animal control officer Samantha Manrique, who runs the Commerce Animal Shelter, on April 4, 2017.

A weeks-long effort to generate donations to benefit the Commerce Animal Shelter wrapped up at the end of March, 2017, having raised a total of $4,049. The shelter plans to use the funds to address many needs at the aging facility, including the repairing and/or replacing of some 43 kennel doors.

Local businessman Russell Armstrong indicated his desire to encourage community-member gifts to the shelter after hearing officer Samantha Manrique deliver a presentation to the local Rotary Club. He offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to the next $2,000 raised by the shelter. His check, in full, was delivered on April 4th, 2017.

Next, the shelter has plans to raise revenue to support painting, flooring sealant, and other needs to bring the Commerce facility into the modern era.

The Commerce Animal Shelter is located at 1203 O'Neal Street in Commerce.

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