Tracy Animal Shelter fundraiser on a roll
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jan 31, 2014 | 3034 views | 2 2 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pins for Pets
Abbigail Hickman, 10, looks over a table of donated raffle items for her upcoming Pins for Pets fundraiser, benefiting the Tracy Animal Shelter, on Feb. 15. Some items include a San Jose Sharks jacket and San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's commemorative bowling pins. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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A 10-year-old Tracy philanthropist, Abbigail Hickman, has been nominated for the American Red Cross Heroes Award, in the Youth Samaritan category, for her Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser benefiting the Tracy Animal Shelter.

Last year, with the debut of the event, Abbigail raised $7,000 in donated cash and supplies for the local shelter. This yesar, her goal is $10,000, and the event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St.

Abbigail is a competitive bowler and a member of the West Valley Bowl Junior League and Youth Bowlers Tour.

“I first got the idea to do this after I went to the animal shelter,” Abbigail said. “This is to raise money for the shelter and the animals there. I thought last year was awesome, and this year I hope it’s even bigger. I hope everyone comes — it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Beth Palacios, Tracy animal services officer, said the event gives the shelter funds it might never get otherwise.

“This money allows us to seek medical treatment and will help give these animals a second chance at life,” Palacios said. “We are very grateful for Abbigail, and her compassion is inspiring.”

Abbigail has been working to promote the upcoming event and was recently featured on “Good Day Sacramento” and several area radio stations. This Saturday, she will be recognized by the Stockton Thunder hockey team at a home game.

Andrew Espino, a mechanic and website designer for West Valley Bowl, offered to put together a 3-minute online commercial promoting the event, which can be viewed on YouTube.

“I think this is a good cause,” Espino said. “This fundraiser will help the shelter be a better place. It’s a huge undertaking, but I think Abbigail is up to it.”

Raffle prizes have been steadily coming in for the fundraiser. Some larger-ticket items include: a San Jose Sharks jacket with hockey puck, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s commemorative bowling pins, a two-night stay at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, gift certificates for Black Oak Casino and Cache Creek Casino, tickets to Sacramento Zoo and Oakland Zoo and an Umigo Indoor Kart Racing gift certificate.

Several local and out-of-town vendors will sell goods at the fundraiser. Billie Hill’s Hillbillie Burgers and Bar-B-Q, inside the bowling alley, will offer attendees a special, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the cause. All in the Details will provide disc jockey services, and The Cupcake Lady will donate a portion of her proceeds for the day to Pins for Pets.

“Abbigail is an amazing kid, and we are very proud of her,” said Sunee Hickman, Abbigail’s mom. “She is very passionate about helping the animal shelter and she is working very hard at this. I hope she surpasses her goal this year.”

In conjunction with Pins for Pets, a fundraiser at Chili’s on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 will add to the event total. Fliers, which can be found at www.bowling, must be presented when meals are purchased.

Pins for Pets tickets can be bought for $10 at West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St. Each ticket covers shoes and a two-hour block of bowling.

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February 01, 2014
Good for you! its nice to see someone care so much especially at such a you g age! I would also like to remind folks to support animal rescue of Tracy as well as spreading the word about pet alert of Tracy on Facebook.
February 03, 2014
Across the land, the propagation continues unabated, the need for "rescue" continues unmitigated--when are you people going to honestly address this matter?

I will answer the question for you.


Keep the propagation going! Kill the cows for the dogs.

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