Wanted: best pet photo to help Rotary club send child to Rising Sun camp

EAST HAVEN, CT – Say cheese. Or just bark or meow.

Enter a photo of your pet in the first Rotary East Haven/Camp Rising Sun Virtual Pet Photo Contest and help send a child who has faced cancer to a week of camp.

Rotary said it was “delighted to present” the face of its newest fundraiser is K9 Bear, one of four service K9s in the state, and with more than 10,000 hours of socializing.

The club recently partnered with Camp Rising Sun in Colebrook. The camp welcomes any child from 5 to 17 years old, who has faced a diagnosis of cancer, offering these children a full week of fun and friendship. Rotary “has committed” to sponsor each year, from this summer, a deserving child of the region, allowing him to participate in the camp.

K-9 Bear, the official event mascot, is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified service dog. He is celebrating his first birthday with the Middletown Police Department. Bear was chosen by the club to be the animal photo contest mascot because he and his handler, Middletown Police Officer Jay Bodell, were inducted into the Middletown Rotary Club. This makes K9 Bear the first “ADA Certified Service Dog Rotarian”.

The goal of Rotary’s Virtual Animal Photo Contest is to raise the $2,000 needed to send a camper for the week.

Candidates can submit photos for $5 each, then spread the word to family and friends to vote for $1 per vote. The competition opens to everyone on May 25. Details are on the Rotary website here. Also check out Rotary’s Facebook page here.

Contest prizes include cash, gift cards and a gift basket courtesy of Tractor Supply Co.

For more information, contact Kirsten Dudley by email at [email protected] or call (860) 301-9009.