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Helping Hounds Wins #GivingTuesdayCNY!

"Helping Hounds would simply not exist without the overwhelming support of our volunteers and this community,"— HelpingHoundsCNY.com

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Community Foundation's 2013 #GivingTuesdayCNY Social Media competition is Helping Hounds Dog Rescue. The organization will be awarded a $5,000 grant. This time last year, Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Dewitt was at risk of closing and in dire need of additional donations. The four year old dog shelter has a small staff and is primarily a volunteer run rescue.

So many shelters have to euthanize dogs on a daily basis due to overcrowding. HHDR pulls dogs from high-kill shelters, begins a minimum of a two-week foster-based preparation program with them, socializes, vets, evaluates, and most importantly loves their dogs before they head to a new home. The dog rescue has placed over 4,000 rescued dogs in "forever homes" and as the winner of #GivingTuesdayCNY, Helping Hounds has a wonderful network rallying for them and the adorable pups and dogs they serve.

About GivingTuesdayCNY
#GivingTuesdayCNY garnered more than 5,000 votes in just 24 hours! This grant was only one of several grant opportunities offered by the Central New York Community Foundation each year. The Community Foundation awarded $8.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations last year and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the Central New York community. To learn more about grant opportunities with the Community Foundation, visit www.cnycf.org/grants

Congratulations to all of the Central New York nonprofits that rallied votes for #GivingTuesdayCNY!

A Special Honorable Mention to Our Close Runner-Ups

ABC Basset Hound Rescue Inc. of New York Francis House Ophelia's Place
Advocates Inc Freedom Guide Dogs Orenda Springs
ACR Health Friends of Dorothy House Oswego Bookmobile
Air 1 Foundation Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo Oswego Humane Society
Alchemical Nursery From the Ground Up Paige's Butterfly Run
All Faiths Food Pantry German Shepherd Rescue of CNY Parkview Junior Academy
All Saints Church Gigi's Playhouse Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center
Alzheimer's Association, CNY Chapter Girlscouts NYPENN Pathways Paws Across Oswego
Amazing Gracie's Gift Half-Shire Historical Society Preservation Association of CNY
American Cancer Society - CNY Region Hamilton PCD ProLiteracy
American Diabetes Association - Syracuse Hangar Theater Pulaski Historical Society
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-CNY Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Purpose Farm
American Heart Association-Syracuse Region Herkimer County Humane Society Recycle-A-Bull Bully Breed Rescue
Anjel's Fund Hillel at Syracuse University Rescue Mission Syracuse
ARC of Madison Cortland Honor Flight Resource Support Services
ARC of Oneida Hope for Bereaved CNY Ronald McDonald House of CNY
ARC of Onondaga Hope for Heather Root Farm
ARISE Hopeful Souls Salvation Army Syracuse
ArtRage Gallery HopePrint Samaritan Center-Syracuse
Assumption Food Pantry Hospice of Central New York Sarah House
Baldwinsville Christian Academy House of the Good Shepherd Save the Peaks
Baltimore Woods Humane Association of CNY Say Yes to Education Syracuse
BASCOL In My Fathers Kitchen Seth Project Foundation
Bellevue Heights Nursery School Integrated Community Planning of Oswego Seward House Museum
Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Seymour Public Library
BRIDGES Jowonio School Shamrock Animal Fund
Camp Abilities Brockport Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Somali Bantu Refugee Association
CAP for Madison County Kara Fund Southwest Community Center
Case Mansion (Ministro Ministries, Inc.) KEYS Program Southwest Oswego Baptist Church
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County Kitty Corner Spaulding Support Services
Cato-Meridian Community Recreation Center La Joven Guardia (La Liga) Spay and Neuter Syracuse
Center for Community Alternatives Landmark Theater St. John's Church
Center for the Arts of Homer Learning Disabilities Assoc St. Lukes Healthcare
Centers at St. Camillus Le Moyne College Stand Against Suicide
Central New York American Red Cross Lions Club of Syracuse Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Central New York Autism Society Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer
CNY SNAP Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse Sullivan Free Library
Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York Liverpool High School Marching Band Sunshine Horses
Chadwick Residence Liverpool Relay for Life Syracuse Alumni Rowing Association
Challenger Field / Friends of Dewitt Parks Madison County Historical Society Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
Charity for Children CNY Make a Wish Central New York Syracuse City Ballet
Child Care Solutions of Syracuse Manlius United Methodist Church Syracuse Community Choir
Children's Consortium March of Dimes Syracuse First
Children's Museum of Oswego Marine Toys for Tots Foundation - Syracuse Syracuse OASIS
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Mary Nelson Youth Day Foundation Syracuse Opera
Christian Health Service of Syracuse Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Syracuse Pops Chorus
Clear Path for Veterans Maureen's Hope Syracuse Poster Project
CNY Cat Coalition McHarrie Life Senior Community Syracuse Stage
CNY Cystic Fibrosis Foundation McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center Syracuse Teen Challenge
CNY Fair Housing Council Meals on Wheels Baldwinsville The CNY Chapter of Autism Society
CNY Living History Center MercyWorks / Vision Center The Q Center
CNY Pride Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts Todd's Fund
CNY SPCA Molly Project United Friends of Homeless Animals
CNY Special Olympics Montessori School of Syracuse United Way of Central New York
Community Health Foundation: Western & CNY Montgomery Experience Unity House of Cayuga County
Contact Community Services MOST  Vera House
Cortland County Historical Society National Abolition Hall of Fame WAER
Cortland Regional Medical Center National Alliance on Mental Illness - SYR Wanderers Rest
County North Children's Center Newland Center for Adult Learning WCNY
Covenant Housing Program (InterFaith CNY) North Country Hardship Fund Wescott Community Center
Crouse Hospital Foundation North Syracuse Main St. Early Ed. Whole Me Inc.
Cuse Pit Crew Northside UP Winds of Agape
Double H Ranch NYS Blues Fest YMCA East
Dream Factory of Syracuse Oneida Public Library YMCA Fulton
Eagle Wings Academy Oneida Square Project YMCA North
Earlville Operahouse Oneida-City Long Term Recovery YMCA OCC
Enable/TLS Onondaga Free Library YMCA of CNY Greater Syracuse
Father Champlin's Guardian Angel Society Onondaga Public Library YMCA Oswego
Finger Lakes SPCA OnPoint for College Zen Center
Food Bank of CNY Open Hand Theater