Betty White Challenge strengthens Potter League for Animals, Middletown, RI
Even in his death Betty White makes a difference for animals.
In honor of what would have been its 100th anniversary on Monday, the Betty White Challenge came to life on social media with one simple goal: donate to your local animal shelter or any animal charities in honor of White. The effort drew on White’s legacy to support his own passion for animals.
This legacy is now making a difference in Potters League for Animals in Middletown.
“We first heard about the #BettyWhiteChallenge about a week ago and thought wow, what a wonderful way to honor a woman who has always been a champion for animals,” said Kara Montalbano, Chief Marketing Officer and community relations at the Potter League, told the Daily News in an email. “Slowly we started to see a trickle of some donations, but we weren’t expecting the truly astounding amount of donations that poured in on the 17th.”
Montalbano said Thursday night that the Potter League has received more than $13,000 in donations and more are coming.
This total includes a generous donation of $3,798 from Embrace Home Loans, which also offered to match $2,500 in donations in addition to its own donation.
“Having said that, we are sorting through all of the donations that have come in through our website, mail, phone calls and social media and can say we have raised over $10,000+,” Montalbano said. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the community and we are still counting all the donations received. We are beyond grateful to everyone who has contributed to Betty White’s memory and in particular to Embrace Home Loans who have matched $2,500 in donations.”
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The Associated Press reported that White died of a stroke she had six days before her death on December 31 at the age of 99, according to her death certificate.
The beloved ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress died at her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles following a stroke on December 25, the medical term for stroke. brain, according to the LA County death certificate obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
“Humbled doesn’t even begin to express the truly remarkable outpouring of kindness and joy that was inspired by Betty White and her legacy,” Montalbano said.