- Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:16
- Written by Super User
The 1st Annual Crawl for Paws fundraiser was held recently on May 17th. The event was formed to help the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit with its funding needs for new dogs and related equipment. Wayne Rouse, who serves on the Police Advisory Committee, discussed the need with Tim Morrison and Harry Wade. Together, they came up with the idea to raise money through a pub crawl. The primary means to raise funds was the sale of Crawl for Paws t-shirts. The event was marketed through social media. At the start, they hoped they could sell an initial order of 50 shirts. The response from everyone on and off the island was extremely positive and around 120 shirts were sold. Between the shirt sales, raffle ticket sales and individual donations, the Crawl for Paws event raised over $2,300 for the K9 unit.
An estimated 70 to 80 people, including a group of 16 from Raleigh, participated in the pub crawl, stopping off at High Tide, SeaWitch, HopLite, Lazy Pirate, Shuckin’ Shack, The Fat Pelican and the Silver Dollar. “This was a great way to raise funds for a local cause, support the local businesses and kick off the busy season. With very limited marketing and only one month to plan, we had a fantastic turnout”, said Tim Morrison.
“We hope to make this an annual event to continue to support the K9 unit.” Plans are being made for next year’s Crawl for Paws, scheduled for May 16, 2015. “With more time to plan, we believe we can significantly increase turnout, both local and visitors.