|ENEWSLETTER • AUG. 21, 2014|
Ken Botts Is Running for VO!
If you don’t know Ken Botts, let us introduce you. Ken’s mission in life is to help make the world a better place, one plate at a time. He is a food service consultant, speaker, and plant-based lifestyle blogger at ecoveggy.com. In 2009, he received national accolades for designing and developing the nation’s first all-vegan dining hall at the University of North Texas. His ideas and insights have appeared in many media outlets, including USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, Green Source DFW, ABC News, FoodService Director Magazine, and VegNews. Just this week, Ken joined the HSUS food policy team to help take their meat-reduction campaign to the next level by working with university, hospital, and K-12 school districts to bring plant-based menus to their dining programs. While in Texas, Ken was a Texas State council member with HSUS and he now serves on the California State council, helping plan events, work on animal rights legislative issues, and create awareness for the welfare of all animals.
Pretty amazing guy, right? With all of this, he’s making time to train a half-marathon and support Vegan Outreach in the process. Ken will be running in the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on October 12, 2014 and we’re hoping you’ll support him and Vegan Outreach! Check out Ken’s ecoveggy.com and Facebook.com/ecoveggy, and follow him and his training on Twitter.com/KenBotts.
You can click here to make a donation – it’s simple, fast, and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to support Ken’s fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support – and please don’t forget to forward this to anyone you think might want to donate too!
Goodbyes and Hellos
As we embark on our fall semester of outreach, we’ll see two of our longtime Vegan Outreach employees moving on:
Dawn Ratcliffe joined Vegan Outreach in the spring of 2007. Since then, she’s covered the majority of the Southeast and Southwest, leafleting at 225 different colleges and universities, handing out nearly a quarter million booklets! Dawn has been such a tireless and amazing ally to VO and the animals, and we’re thrilled that she will continue to volunteer for VO in the coming years.
Jeff Boghosian started volunteering for Vegan Outreach way back in the fall of 2004. He officially joined us as an employee in the spring of 2012, touring the Southeast and then changing roles – focusing on free speech issues for our leafleting efforts. Over the last decade, Jeff has leafleted at 145 different schools and has handed booklets to more than 162,000 individuals. And Jeff was instrumental in getting some of VO’s key activists involved in this work. Jeff is stepping down as an employee, though he will continue leafleting for VO on a volunteer basis.
And we’re elated to welcome the following to our growing team:
Yuri Mitzkewich joined Vegan Outreach as a volunteer in the fall of 2010 and has been on fire ever since. In the last four years, Yuri has given out more than 57,000 booklets throughout the Miami region. This experienced and dedicated activist is now joining VO as an employee, and he’ll leaflet throughout the Southeast.
Eileen Botti first joined Vegan Outreach in the spring of 2008 as our New York City Outreach Coordinator, then stepped down after the spring of 2011. We’re so happy that she’s joining us again as our “new” NYC coordinator. To date, Eileen has leafleted 98 campuses and has given out over 175,000 booklets.
Goodbye, Dawn and Jeff. And welcome, Yuri and Eileen!
VO on Social Media
John Oberg, Vegan Outreach’s Director of Communications, is responsible for VO’s very successful social media presence (which you can see through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). He also knows how to catch a baseball, and he’s as dedicated to caring for his mother as he is to helping animals. Watch this heartwarming clip of him catching a fly ball and giving it to his mom at this weekend’s Tigers game.
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