From Peak to Shore: The Friends for Life Walkathon was a Hit!

The 5th Annual Friends for Life Walkathon is a wrap!

With amazing support from animals lovers throughout South Georgian Bay, we raised over $31,000! Despite unexpected storm-like conditions the night before, the skies cleared in the morning to reveal its brilliant blue and sunny disposition – just in time for all the Walkers of the 2 and 4 legged variety!

This year, we held the Walkathon in two locations – Blue Mountain Village and a sister Walk in Meaford!

At Blue Mountain Village, we filled the day with a 3K Walk and fur-friendly and family fun activities including PAWparazzi, Pool PAWty Alumi Zone, Pet Costume Contest, Sparky from Blue Mountain Fire Dept, Groove dance with Tyler Boyle, Paw Print Tile Crafts by Crock-a-Doodle, face painting, scavenger hunt, live music with Sean Cotton, Yappy Hour at Copper Blues – and a special appearance from Chase and Marshall of Paw Patrol!

In Meaford, we too had just as much fun with a lovely stroll along the harbour front, through town streets – stopping on the steps of Meaford Hall for a group photo – and the Georgian Trail. With Sparky leading the way, cars honked in support of our small but mighty and meaningful group!

Our top fundraiser (who also happens to be team captain of the top fundraising team) is… Elizabeth Parker! She raised over $3,000 – and is the lucky winner of the one-night stay at the Westin Trillium House!! Wow – thank you!

Overall, another successful fundraiser to benefit the cats and dogs at our shelter!

With special kudos to our Event Chair, Treva Windebank, who once again delivered a fun’tastic event – Thank YOU!

To our community of supporters, Thank YOU! To everyone who Walked, to those who donated and pledged Walkers, and of course, our sponsors – Thank YOU!

Equally grateful to the many volunteers who worked hard in the months preceding and during the Walk – THANK YOU!

With sincerest gratitude,
~ Marissa Dolotallas, Fundraising Coordinator


$3,004.60   Elizabeth Parker $4,509.10   Walk Fur Paws
$1,744.90 Pam Odam $1,972.80 GTHS Awesome PAWsome
$1,308.50 Cindy Warsh $688.70 Crozier & Associates – Pet Project Engineers
$877.50 Beth Nigh $325.00 Luv of dogz
$767.90 Sonya Reichel $251.60 The Mutley Crew
$597.64 Bonnie Bodkin $250.00 Royal LePage Trinity Realty
$500.00 Jill KItchen $190.40 Meridian Credit Union
$390.40 Elise Van Boven $160.00 iwa Spa
$376.50 Ayrlea Manchester $117.30 Municipality of Meaford
$301.00 Christina Scorsis $101.00 Walk for Munchkin & Shadow
$218.40 Courtney Hancock $100.40 Village
$170.40 Sean Laycock
$150.50 Treva Windebank
$130.00 Shannon Harvey
$126.10 Paula Moore
$126.00 Marissa Dolotallas
$125.40 Ana Reid
$125.00 Carolyn Williamson
$102.00 Maggie Lowe
$101.60 Elaine O’Brien


PAW Sponsors: Blue Mountain Village  |  Ontario SPCA  |  Municipality of Meaford  |  Boehringer Engelheim  |  Huronia Alarms  |  Meridian Credit Union

Water Sponsor: CIBC

Photo Booth Sponsor:  Copper Blues Bar & Grill

Media Sponsor: 97.7 The Beach and Mix 106.5

Community Sponsors: Arbtech Tree Care | CC Tatham | Collingwood Dental | Dags & Willow | Deb Boyd | Eagle Weeds Control and Lawn Service | Jennifer Clumpus | Noble Insurance | Pro Guard Property Management | See Sawyer Run | Sutherlands Insurance | Town of Collingwood | Wendy Gross



Blue Mountain Village:  Ayrlea Manchester | Bonnie Bodkin | Cara Paulo | Carolyn Williamson | Carson Paulo | Christine Smart | Cindy Warsh | Danielle Brown | Derek Gray | Doug Glussich | Fraser Boucher | Jade Perkins | Jan Christopher | Janet Tipold | John and Leslie Worts | Karen & Udo Schilcher | Karen and Brad Marsh | Lauren Dixon | Lisa Shatford | Michael Hobbs | Rachel Oldfield | Richard Sapsworth | Robin Rafferty | Roman Markowich | Sue Jane Chong & Steve | Tara Oram | Treva Windebank

Meaford: Ann Gorton | Cathie MacPherson | Denis Simard | Diane Tarr | Emma Wright | Freda Jahnke | Gloria | Keely O’Neill | Sharon Johnston | Sherrie Lee Hawley


Until next year… Below are a few photos from both locations….

Blue Mountain Village…



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