Donations will be made this week to the following places (per donors’ request):
Happily Ever Esther/Esther the Wonder Pig
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Pigs Are People Too
Gallastar Therapeutic Riding
Leilani Farm Sanctuary
If you are a donor and would like your money to go elsewhere, please let me know ASAP! Refunds will also be sent tomorrow to those that requested it. Thank you all for your patience.
Friends of Jackson County High School and friends of Mo Drose (a woman I don't even know) have been Facebook messaging me and posting on here harassing me and threatening me. They are attacking me with false accusations that I am a "fraud", "con artist", "thief", and threatening to "expose me" and take me to court.
I tell them to go for it because I haven't done anything wrong and I would love nothing more than for this cause to get more publicity.
PLEASE-- if you are a donor and would like a refund, contact me immediately on here or through my email (email@example.com), and I will be sure your money gets back to you ASAP. Otherwise, it will be donated to sanctuaries at the end of this month and there will be a breakdown on here for how every dollar is used.
I will also be contacting every donor DIRECTLY through my personal email in the next couple days to try and get in touch with as many people as I possibly can. This is your money, not mine! It's up to you what happens to it.
Thanks to everyone that is still supporting me. Please, no more donations. We have plenty.
Just so everyone understands. "Wilbur" is symbolic of the 100 million+ pigs that are inhumanely slaughtered in the United States every year. There was not one pig in a pen somewhere, that we named Wilbur, waiting to be slaughtered for this raffle. However, the raffle is over and the winner has been "awarded" their 100 pounds of pork so yes, the pig was killed.
With that being said, if I have anything to do with this, this will not happen again at this school and I will absolutely put a stop to it. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and words of kindness at this difficult time.
Head cheer coach is Elizabeth Varnadoe:
Athletic complaints should be referred to Mr. Shawn Lindsey, Athletic Director, who will investigate any athletic complaint. (Athletic Director Mr. Lindsey 706-336-8905)
Okay, everyone-- sorry I have been out of touch.
So very last minute, the school decided that they would go through with the raffle and not accept our proposal. After our pleas and cries for reconsideration, they still went through with it and the raffle happened on Friday. I started this and I will not stop until I finish. My next goal is to figure out how to stop these inconsiderate ass-holes from doing this ever again.
With that being said, a lot of money has been donated and I want every donor to know exactly where their dollars are going. So please get in touch with me and let me know what you would like to see happen.
We have plans for community outreach to teach humane education and animal compassion. We would like to start a non-profit. We could donate to a sanctuary. Whatever YOU guys want. This is your money. As money is donated/spent I will be posting on here so that EVERY dollar is accounted for!
Heartbreaking news, you guys. The principal has rejected what we thought was a fail-proof proposal and are going through with the pig raffle. I am desperately looking for any and all input/advice about where to go next. We have been more than accommodating to all parties involved and they have shot us down. We sent an email to the principal this morning asking him to reconsider the offer.
"Thank you for your reply. We would ask that you seriously reconsider your choice to not offer an alternative prize for your raffle. Bare in mind, that not offering an alternative prize is actually taking a political stance, one for which, several politically charged animal rights organizations are preparing a formidable response towards your high school if you do not reconsider your position. As I mentioned to you in our last conversation, while we have sought every respectful and peaceable remedy possible to adjudicate this situation, public attention and awareness towards your raffle has drawn the ire of the aforementioned organizations, one of them being PETA. Unfortunately, we cannot control what they will do, and anything less than calling off the raffle, or at least offering an alternative prize will surely set their considerable political will into action. They have been in contact with us, and are awaiting a response from us about your decision.
Again, we ask that you please reconsider your position immediately."
Hi, everyone! I know that things have been a bit slow lately, but we want to be sure to keep everyone in the know so nobody has any questions about where their donations have gone.
The current plan is to purchase an iPad (or other incentive prize) to sway the raffle winner away from the pork. With that, we will also be giving a donation to the school should the incentive prize be chosen.
We will keep you updated as things are happening, but please don't hesitate to reach out to me here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, if you have any ideas that you feel may help our cause now, or in the future, please PLEASE share that with me as well.
Thank you all for your continuing support!
We had a meeting with the principal of the high school yesterday. He was VERY kind and receptive to our ideas. It was a very productive meeting and we feel very positive about the outcome! We will have another update for everyone in a couple days!
Just wanted to give you all a quick thank you for your continued support and generosity. Please remember that this whole movement is about education and compassion. With that in mind, please do not send angry letters, emails, or phone calls to the school. We want to make this a peaceful and comfortable process for everyone and as soon as we start getting defensive and irate, that is when we will start gaining enemies. Thanks everyone, and remember to keep spreading the word!
Any extra funds raised will go towards the family or sanctuary that takes this baby in and/or starting a sanctuary of our own here in Athens, GA.
Thank you so much everyone for your kind words and generosity!
VegNews Magazine is interested in doing a story about our efforts and we are in contact with CBS 46 in Atlanta.
THANK YOU EVERYONE for your donations and kind words. I never expected this kind of support. The unwavering encouragement is so overwhelming. My goal was to have our voice heard nationwide and we have already received support from the UK and New Zealand. My heart is so full.
UPDATE: We are currently in negotiations with the principal of the school to offer a more compassionate and humane alternative in exchange for the pig's life. Let it be clear that we are not here to chastise anybody, tear anyone down, stop any fundraising, or stop people from eating meat. That is not at all my intention. I FULLY support the school and the girls that are raising money and want to do anything I can to help them succeed. My greatest goal here, is to educate-- to show them that pigs are compassionate animals and that they deserve a fair chance at life. I hope that the school is able to see that and we are able to come up with a compromise that makes everyone happy.
With that being said-- Any additional money, after negotiations with the school, will help us transport the pig to their new home and then go home with 'Wilbur' to help support his/her ever-growing appetitie and the precious family that will give him a forever home. However, if this story and page does continue to grow at such a rapid rate and we are able to raise an extensive amount of money, my aunt and I will absolutely start ground-breaking for a pig sanctuary in or around Athens, GA.
Thank you everyone for your continuing support and compassion. I am just absolutely blown away everytime I receive a donation or kind words from an absolute stranger. We raised over $1,000 (original goal) in less than 48 hours.
Until we win, Katie Corbett -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hello, everyone! Some background for those of you that don't know who I am...
My name is Katie Corbett and I am a 23 year old college student living in Athens, GA. I have recently, in the last couple years, become a vegetarian and interested in animal activism and rights thanks a lot in part to my aunt, Susie Lundie. She got a Vietnamese potbellied pig as a pet several years ago and we have been in love ever since. We have had several of these sweet animals in our family since: Ruthie is still with us, Sherman has come and passed, Ulysses joined our family several months ago, and Lassiter is the newest foster pig she has now.
Anyways, I digress... There is a woman that I work with here in Athens, whose girls are cheerleaders at Jefferson County Schools a little ways a way from us. I found out about the fundraiser that they are doing this year and I am just absolutely appalled and disgusted. Someone has donated a 100 pound pig while someone else has donated the services to slaughter the pig and turn him/her into edible product. For $1, you can buy a raffle ticket to "win" the pig. Using the word "win" over an animal... I just have no words... No compassionate creature should ever be "won".
I have asked that if I should win the raffle, if the pig could live, and they have agreed. The raffle is over on August 27th and the "winner" is announced on the 29th. Talking with my friend about how many girls there are in the cheer-leading squad and how many tickets they expect to sell, I hope to raise about $1,000 and would think that I would have a pretty good chance. It's still not a guarantee, I realize that, but I just could not live with myself if I just sat back and watched this happen. I have rallied some support with family and friends, but nothing that I think will actually make a difference. I guess bluntly... I am just looking for some help, some support, something that lets me know that I'm doing the right thing.
Thank you for your consideration! Love and adore you all always, Katie Corbett
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