Community, Staff

Library Pets Help Raise Funds for Habitat

Grand Prize Winner Remy

More photos on our Facebook page

They were furry. They were cuddly. They were familiar and exotic.

They were 142 pets of UNC Library staff members and friends, and together they helped raise $719 in a pet photo contest benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

Put your hands, paws, wings, and fins together for these winners:

  • Grand Prize: Remy (and person Fred Stipe)
  • Cutest Pet: Sam (Mary Lange) and runner-up Nigel and Tina (Rachel Lerner)
  • Most Unique Pet: Nikki (Becky Breazeale) and runner-up Eddie (Katherine Haggerty Moran)
  • Best Dressed: Vinnie(Shaun Trujillo) and Stella (Mike Millner)

    Top to bottom: Cutest pets Sam (L) and Nigel and Tina; Most Unique pets Nikki (L) and Eddie; Best-dressed pets Vinnie (L) and Stella

Library staff members chose the contest winners in voting on May 24. All proceeds from the $5 per photo entry fee, along with a handful of donations, will support the Carolina Library Community’s participation in the UNC Build a Block project.

Build a Block is a student-led initiative to build ten Habitat for Humanity houses for families of UNC staff. As Build a Block champions, the University Libraries and the School of Information and Library Science have together committed to raise $35,000. Previous fundraisers included a campus cupcake sale and a Dunk-a-Dean event.

Prizes for the pet photo contest were generously donated by the Chapel Hill pet shop Phydeaux , Amy’s Pet Sitting Service, and Linda Jacobson Pet Portraits.

To Make a Donation

Credit Card: Go to the Build a Block web page and select the “Donate” link to make a secure donation. To ensure that the Library Community receives credit for your donation, select Carolina Library Community under “My gift supports a Habitat Champion!”

Check: Make payable to “Habitat for Humanity of Orange County” (NOT to UNC, the Library, or to SILS), and add a memo that the funds are for the Carolina Library Community. Send checks or drop them off at either the SILS Administrative Office at Manning Hall or the Library Administration Office in Davis Library.

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