Tuesday, June 30, 2009

OHS launches fund to name volunteer room in honour of Chef Kurt Waldele

OTTAWA, Ont. (29 June, 2009) — The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has created a fund to name the volunteer reception room in its planned new shelter in honour of Chef Kurt Waldele.

Kurt WaldeleChef Waldele was one of the most extraordinary and committed supporters of the OHS. For nearly a decade, he volunteered his time and talent to help the animals. He and his wife, Dr. Suzanne Beauchemin, hosted fundraising garden parties at their Cumberland home for many years. Kurt then went on to organize and prepare menus for many successful OHS FurBall galas, delighting guests with his culinary creativity. In all, Kurt’s kindness and generosity helped raise close to $750,000 for Ottawa’s animals.

Kurt passed away in April of 2009, just a few short weeks after attending the 5th annual OHS FurBall at the National Gallery of Canada. To honour his memory and contributions, the OHS will name the volunteer welcome room in its new building, the “Kurt Waldele Volunteer Reception Room.”

“Kurt truly was one of the best friends the Ottawa Humane Society has ever had,” said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney, “and we wanted a fitting tribute for his remarkable volunteer achievements. We’re so pleased to be able to create a lasting legacy in Kurt’s name.”

The OHS is seeking help to build and pay for the new room. The fundraising goal for Kurt’s memorial project is $75,000.

To learn how you can contribute to the fund, please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca, or the Breaking Ground Building Campaign website at www.breakingground.ca.

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Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

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