Pet Food Express Raises More Than $9,000 for BHS

January 22, 2011

Burlingame Patch

On Friday afternoon at Pet Food Express on Lorton Avenue, three checks totaling $9,275.25 were presented to members of the Burlingame High School community.

Over five weekends in October, Pet Food Express held fundraisers for three Burlingame High School organizations: Italian Club, Yearbook and Choir.

“We heard they were quite active,” said Corey Stulce, Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator for Pet Food Express in an email as to why the groups were chosen.

During the fundraiser, weekend proceeds from Pet Food Express’ self-service pet wash went to the clubs. Pet owners buying a pet wash token ($15 each) determined which club they wished to put their money towards. At the pet wash weekends, the club members made sure their presence was known.

“The Italian club went first and brought cookies, Italian décor and helped people wash their dogs,” Stulce said. “The choir made their own flyers to spread the word and worked Burlingame Ave. to let folks know about the fundraiser.”

Each club plans to spend its share differently.

Antonella Wemple, the world language department chair at BHS, said the Italian Club will put their $3,741.75 towards an exchange trip to Italy this spring. The 33 students will spend the first week in Wemple’s hometown of Carpi before venturing off to Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena.

The choir, which encompasses students from BHS and San Mateo High School, will put its $3,456.75 towards visiting Carnegie Hall.

“They were invited to sing in Carnegie Hall at the youth festival,” said choir representative Shawn Reifschneider. The invitation came after the students placed first at the Heritage Fest in Anaheim last March. Their trip lasts from March 31 through April 4, with an April 3 performance.

 The yearbook club, which raised $2,076.75, wishes to buy new lenses and cameras.

This fundraiser is new to Pet Food Express, but in keeping with the store’s belief in taking part in the community.

“This is the first time Pet Food Express has done something like this,” said Chris Vega of the store. “I see the philosophy in action.”

Next up, the Bay Area pet food and supply retailer will plan a similar fundraiser for Pleasanton’s Amador High School in March.

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