VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT)- As of Monday, July 17, the Woodford Humane Society is just past the halfway point in its bid to raise $100,000 for its new Lucy Gay Bassett Memorial Fund. The deadline to raise the full amount is Saturday, July 22 – just six days away. With $100,000 in matching funds on the line and a very short timeline, Woodford Humane is in a race against the clock.
“This is a steep challenge, but we can still make it with our community behind us,” says Executive Director Katie Hoffman. “We need all hands on deck between now and Saturday to pull it off!”
This matching drive is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Woodford Humane. A group of anonymous Woodford County residents have offered $100,000 in matching funds to bolster a newly-established fund honoring the legacy of Lexington-native Lucy Gay Bassett, who passed away in 2016.
The purpose of the Lucy Gay Bassett Memorial Fund is to enrich the lives of the animals who rely on Woodford Humane Society for a safe, happy, temporary home each and every day. By funding a wide array of projects that nurture both the physical and psychological well-being of homeless pets, from providing safe, secure, and comfortable enclosures, to enhancing play and training opportunities, the fund will help Woodford Humane pursue a simple but crucial mission: to give animals the opportunity to leave Woodford Humane Society happier and healthier than when they arrived.
Lucy Gay Bassett was a longtime supporter of Woodford Humane Society, and a lifelong friend, advocate, and protector of all creatures great and small. In addition to her many beloved pets, all of whom were rescues, Lucy’s thoroughbreds were her pride and joy. She had great success as owner and breeder of Lanark Farm. Even the wildlife on Lucy’s property were well cared-for, as she maintained her land as a natural area.
This one-time matching opportunity presents a big challenge for Woodford Humane Society.
“Meeting the July 22 deadline will be tough, but if we can make it happen it will mean so many great improvements for the pets that depend on us,” says Executive Director Katie Hoffman. “We’re counting on our whole community to get there, and every donation helps.”
Donations of any amount, all the way up to $100,000, made to the Lucy Gay Bassett Memorial Fund by July 22 will qualify to be matched in full. Donations may be made securely online at woodfordhumane.org or mailed to PO Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.
The Woodford Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that does not receive any government funding. Fundraising events like this one make it possible for the organization to care for the approximately 1,000 pets each year. Woodford Humane’s annual placement rate is 93% or above and we place no time limit on any animal in our care.