BHSU Honors Club raises funds for West River Spay/Neuter Coalition

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 5, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Students from the BHSU Honors Program present a check to Donna Watson, president of the West River Spay/Neuter Coalition, resulting from the masquerade "Furball" fundraiser.  Left to right:  JLynn Miller, English education major from Rapid City Lucas Fralick, political science and history major from Gillette, Wyo. Watson Cody Drolc, political science major from Spearfish Elizabeth Williams, economics and finance major from Miles City, Mont. and Megan Hohn, elementary education and early childhood special education major from Parkston.



The Black Hills State University Honors Club presented a $1,100 check to the West River Spay/Neuter Coalition last week.  The students raised the funds during the masquerade "Furball" charity event.

Megan Hohn, elementary education/early childhood special education major from Parkston and Honors Club president, said 65 people attended the "Furball" and that Spearfish businesses supported the event&rsquos silent auction.

"We personally visited the Spearfish businesses, told them about the area&rsquos problem with feral cats and our purpose in raising funds for the Coalition," said Hohn.  "We found that the community was willing to respond and help us out."

Donna Watson, president of the Coalition, said the group&rsquos volunteer and partner veterinarians assist in spaying and neutering domestic animals as well as feral cat colonies.  

"The funds raised will assist local pet owners by reducing the cost to spay and neuter their animals.  We thank the BHSU Honors Club for raising funds to help the Coalition," said Watson.

With the success of this year&rsquos "Furball," the Honors Club plans to hold additional fundraising events in the future.

"The &lsquoFurball&rsquo was such a big undertaking for us and we learned so much in the process that I know it&rsquos going to allow us to do even bigger and better things in the future," said Hohn.  "We&rsquore really excited about the precedent we set."

The BHSU Honors Club is the social component of the rigorous University Honors Program designed to provide the university&rsquos top students with the support and individualized instruction needed to pursue their academic and professional goals.

"The Honors Program is challenging, but the community the University has set up for us helps you succeed.  You have both an academic and social support system through the BHSU University Honors program," said Hohn.

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