Canine Team fundraiser raises approximately $5,000

Tim Barnum
Deupty Trevor Sprague conducts a training exercise with Sonic during the canine team fundraiser.

STANDISH — The fourth annual Arenac County Canine Team fundraiser Oct. 17 brought in about $5,000, which will be used to pay for training and equipment necessary to maintain the county’s police dog Sonic.

Fundraiser organizer Jody Wilk said the $5,000 was raised in various ways during the event.

“It was a combination of everything, between the raffles, the dinner and the auction items,” she said. “We also sold T-shirts.”

Roughly 350 people attended the event, which was held at the Standish Knights of Columbus Hall. Wilk said the night went well, and that demonstrations K9 officer Trevor Sprague did with Sonic seemed to pique the interest of many people at the fundraiser.

“The demonstrations that Trevor did with Sonic went really well,” she said. “People seemed really interested in what he did.”

Donors for the dinner and auction, including the caterers and local businesses, helped make the event a success, according to Wilk. She said every item that was available in the silent auction was sold.

“We had 138 silent auction items, and at least 50 of them came from the area businesses,” she said.

Wilk added that the approximately 20 people who volunteered to run the fundraiser deserved kudos for their efforts, which included set up, ticket-taking and clean up.

The fundraiser was started in 2010 to establish and maintain the canine team. Sonic was deputized with the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department in 2011.


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