Thursday, April 4, 2013

Desolate creatures advantage right after Rebounders gymnasts' achievement

Whenever a group associated with teen gymnasts in Rebounders within Timonium
arrived house through the Eastern Coastline Traditional competitors having a
$22.99 money reward, the actual training personnel permitted girls to
determine how you can invest their own earnings.

They could have spent it on an outing for themselves - be it a nice dinner,
a night at the bowling alley or miniature golf. Instead, the girls chose to
donate a total of $150 to a local animal shelter.

"There were a couple of votes for laser tag, but the majority was for the
animal shelter," said Jen Wall, a 17-year-old senior at Dulaney High.

The young gymnasts from all across Baltimore County enjoyed the spoils of
their donation on Thursday afternoon when they were treated to a tour of the
Baltimore Humane Society's Reisterstown campus and learned exactly how much
their donation meant.

"It's really nice," Wall, a Baldwin resident, said. "All the information is
really interesting, and all the animals are adorable."

Many of the girls thought that their donation - which ultimately totaled
$150 - was insignificant. But without any large-scale government funding,
the Baltimore Humane Society relies on smaller donations such as that of the

Jenna Martin, 16 of Catonsville, said the visit made them realize how much
of an impact their donation would have.

"Originally, we didn't know it would make that much of a difference," she
said. "After hearing that, we feel really good about it."

Her teammate, 15-year-old Maggie Owens, of Parkville, said she didn't think
the donation would mean so much to the Baltimore Humane Society.

But according to Wendy Goldblum, director of marketing and public relations
for the facility, the organization has no major benefactors.

"It's shocking we can survive on these little donations," Goldblum said.
"Five-dollar donations make all the difference in the world, so that $150
donation is a big deal."

The girls began their tour by meeting Randy, a two-year-old terrier/pit bull
mix who is in her second stint at the shelter in Reisterstown. From there,
they were treated to a history of the facility, which was founded by Elsie
Seeger Barton in 1927 and comprises 365 acres of wildlife preserve.

When Goldblum told the girls that it's a "no-kill" facility, meaning they
don't kill animals to make room for newer animals, all of the girls sighed
with relief.

Later, the gymnasts got to see some of the dogs, cats, and rabbits that were
up for adoption. Each wanted to add their family's collections, though all
of the girls returned to Rebounders for practice without a new pet.

Though she's allergic to cats and dogs, coach Karen Kalivoda joined the team
for the outing and smiled from afar as they learned where the donation was

The team, which also includes Sydney Needle and Anna Tyler. of Monkton. and
Pennsylvania resident Carly Dieter, includes three state champions in their
skill level.

Walls received new york state shining within burial container, whilst
Charlie received new york state name within the stability ray as well as
ground program, as well as Tyler may be the condition champ in unequal pubs,
along with the universal champ. Almost all 6 competent for your sectional
shining, Kalivoda stated.