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,
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,
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School
1435 Hoods Mill Road
Commerce, GA 30529
Principal Jamie Dixon 706-336-8900
Assistant principals Ms. Chanda Palmer, Mr. Shawn Lindsey, Ms. Sandy Akin
The schools Facebook page:
The Schools Twitter Handle : #EJCHSEAGLES
This is an online survey with regards to the schools operations.
The Principal must approve school fund-raising projects. (Stated in student handbook )
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)
This is ridiculous! I've seen people with cancer get less donations than this pig. SMH
Hi, Atlasta Home still has not received any funds. Any update on this?
I'm confused. Were you able to save "Wilbur" (no matter what his/her real name may be)?
Evermay Farm nonprofit HAS received a donation from Katie as she stated in a comment above. This little sanctuary is grateful. For more info on the farm go to Evermay Farm on Face Book or www.evermayfarm.org/donate
Hi Katie, Please donate to Farm Sanctuary (farm sanctuary.org) as well. Thank you!
Hey Mo Drose, since someone mentioned you are the Godfather of pig rescue here is one for you. This link is irresponsibly promoting mini pig ownership. And following is the link to the writer's page. Go get em Mo! http://news.distractify.com/megan-mccormick/24-reasons-why-you-need-a-mini-pig-in-your-life-right-now/ https://www.facebook.com/MegWethersfieldPhotography
Hey Everyone! My friend and I are doing the Walk For Farm Animals here in Atlanta under our business name, Moral Minority. Anyone in the area is more than welcome to join our team! All the money raised goes to Farm Sanctuary. We would love if you put your donations towards this, it would go towards our team goal, but like I said ALL the money goes to Farm Sanctuary, a nationwide nonprofit that works to help all farm animals. You can join our team here: http://events.walkforfarmanimals.org/team/moralminority. Let Katie know if you are interested in putting any of your money towards this. Thank you!
ool. messed up with this little screen. hit post when i wanted to scroll. anyway, her story changes a bit too often. godfather of pig rescue? is that position available?
hey skoobie. funny how she had all the time to be in the press and go to that school and all but does not have the time now to do right by those that donated. her story has changed every few weeks since she was mpolice my own fundraisers? no need.
Skoobie Doo, A real name of course!!!!!!!!!!!!! How dare you, Mo is not accusing , has only tried to offer guidance & advice but of course you don't see all those comments as they are in private. Who do you think helps as many of those pigs as possible, in need of shelter, medical care & re homing, Hmmmmmmmmm I wonder.
People who came here and accused Katie Corbett, are absolutely sick. They have nothing better to do than harass this poor well- meaning and brave woman.
You can end all of the nonsense by donating to a shelter & posting the receipt. That will make everyone happy and end the drama. Good luck.
Mo Drose, if there was not a pig sacrificed for this raffle than I guess the meat in the winner's freezer must be imaginary. People are not stupid. They know the image was a stock photo. They know that the pig that had been slaughtered was an unlucky soul chosen just days before the raffle. Now instead of concentrating on offering donors an alternate use for this money Katie is needing to defend herself against accusations from the pig community, the very community she is trying to help. We are all on the same team here. Please let's not waste this opportunity. While we are fighting over whether a pig existed or not there are some "real" pigs at a sanctuary who are now in dire need of a roof over their heads with the winter months approaching. If I were Katie I would have suspended comment submission on this fundraiser long ago. Mo, If you have donated then please get a refund. If not, please go and police your own fundraisers and stop thwarting others' efforts. Seriously, who made you the godfather of pig rescue?
You can give my donation to any pig sanctuary.
I didn't donate much, but please give my donation to EVERMAY FARM (nonprofit rescue /sanctuary for farm animals) The donation link is on the facebook page "Evermay Farm." Sorry your efforts didn't work out.
Hello Katie, The more bad people accused the more I love you and trust you. Since I see the picture of Wilbur I understand totally you made new name and could not be same pig. People on this page are with their common sense they had made donations. You don't need any penny to give me and my friends refund. I am sure you can use for animals good cause. Best wishes.
Like others, I was an early donator, and it was very clear, from the beginning, that there was not a definite pig "Wilbur" - AND that the picture you used was not the pig. You stated that outright. If people think you're a fraud because of those reasons, then the problem is their reading comprehension skills (or lack thereof), rather than anything you did! Please use my donation for any animal rescue or sanctuary! :-)
please don't get discouraged, let this motivate you to do more. I wonder if you could get some press like huff post or something. Maybe make a video about it and post on you tube. we can all share
FACT.... there was never a pig to save. to state well after the fact that it is a "symbolic wilbur" does not change the reality of your not knowing the facts prior to stating this campaign. time and time again in your original posts and in updates since you wrote of "a pig". you were told there was no pig, yet, you continued with that ruse. people saw that stock photo you took from "the disabled grappler" and were moved to donate. they donated to save a pig. you told people there was a pig. never once did i see you write..." i was wrong". but wrong you were. FACT.... 11 hours ago you wrote in a response to me "Mo, I contacted every donor directly and offered them a refund. " well i recognized a few names on your donor list and i contacted a few i know personally. they have not heard from you. FACT.....18 minutes ago you posted "PLEASE-- if you are a donor and would like a refund, contact me " . so, if you had already contacted them all, why would you need them to contact you now? FACT.... i cannot speak as to what the friends of jackson county high school have said to you but i did not make one threat. in fact i even complemented a few times, like on your passion and the great things you could accomplish. i did find you defensive so perhaps that is why you took some of my words as threats and chose to ignore others. FACT.... you are in violation of the safety and security rules of go fund me. miss carol. i know a thing or two about the pig community and stating a fund raiser by passing incorrect information is not the way to do it. being 100% transparent and following the rules and laws governing fund raising for charity should be paramount. as is building trust which is hard to do when you keep changing your story or obviously got facts incorrect. i explained to katie in the beginning that there was no pig. at the point when the school was going to get her one i walked away. any pig saved is a win. then i found out that she never got one i contacted her asking why then was this page not shut down. why is she still collecting money for this phantom pig? i get different stories each time she responds. this would make anyone have doubts. i am out there in that pig community and i am making a difference with REAL pigs. every word i wrote to her was to help, guide, and educate. there is no wilbur to win, the donations should stop. if she is going to continue with a charity to benefit pigs then there is a bunch of legal work to be done first. close this down and start things correctly.
Katie, Thank you for all you do and I am all for using the money towards a pig sanctuary, so I def don't want a refund!. I am so sorry for all the people on here attacking you. To be honest, I read and understood everything about the cause. It was very clear, and really, you did not need to be a member of the Mensa society to understand! I don't get all the hate and evil with some of these people. However, working with the public for 25 years, I can tell you what I have learned. People are crazy!!!! And there certainly have been a few on here acting foolish. All the resistance only confirms, you are on the right path. Thanks again!! Be courageous!