Bagel Sales Raise Money to Feed Dogs and Cats at Christmas

Bagel Sales Raise Money to Feed Dogs and Cats at Christmas

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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The Financial Services Office holds bagel sales every payday to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
The Financial Services Office holds bagel sales every payday to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
(From left to right) FSO employees Jennifer Yelich, Hollie Apodaca, Cherah Kmak and Yvonne Krok organize the bagel sales.
(From left to right) FSO employees Jennifer Yelich, Hollie Apodaca, Cherah Kmak and Yvonne Krok organize the bagel sales.
A Christmas tree at the sale displays photos and information about pets up for adoption at the Humane Society.
A Christmas tree at the sale displays photos and information about pets up for adoption at the Humane Society.

When payday Friday rolls around, one University of Arizona department asks campus employees to give back at breakfast.

Every other Friday, employees have an excuse to break their low-carb diets for a good cause at the Financial Services Office's biweekly bagel sales to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. There are only two sales remaining this year, one next Friday and one on Dec. 18.

The goal of this year's sales is to raise $600, enough to feed the Humane Society's approximately 200 animals for three days, Dec. 24-26, said Hollie Apodaca, one of the four FSO employees who organize the sales. It costs $1 a day to feed a dog or cat, she said.

The sales are held 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the fourth floor break room of the University Services Building. Since the breakfasts began in April, they have raised about $440, Apodaca said.

At last Friday's sale, a decorated Christmas tree showcased pictures and stories of about 13 of the adoptable pets the sales are helping to feed. The tree will be on display again during the next two sales, and there will be raffle tickets for sale for $1 apiece or $5 for 10. The raffle winner will receive a basket filled with a variety of prizes, including snacks, a stuffed dog, a DVD of "The 12 Dogs of Christmas," a $15 Blockbuster gift card and more.

The sales, which offer bagels for $2 and orange juice for 75 cents, have been an FSO tradition for about five years, said Apodaca, an office supervisor for FSO.

Every year, FSO employees vote on a nonprofit beneficiary. Up until this year, it was the Devereux House, which offers support to teenagers living on their own, Apodaca said. The sales raised $500 to $600 a year for that nonprofit on average, she said.

This year, the office voted on a new beneficiary for a change of pace, said Yvonne Krok, who coordinates the sales with Apodaca and co-workers Jennifer Yelich and Cherah Kmak.

"Because of the recession you hear a lot about how animals have been abandoned," Krok said.

At the end of the year, FSO employees will be able to vote on whether to continue supporting the Humane Society or work with a different beneficiary, Apodaca said.

An avid animal lover, Apodaca has worked with the Humane Society for 10 years to foster dogs until they can find permanent homes. She was the one that suggested working with the Humane Society this year.

"My heart goes out to animals," she said.

Fundraisers like FSO’s make all the difference for Tucson’s Humane Society, which does not, contrary to popular belief, receive funding from The Humane Society of the United States, said Sheena Stewart, community relations manager for the Tucson society.

"We are run strictly through donations and the services we offer the community." Stewart said. "We thrive because of good Samaritans. Without the community we simply couldn’t do it. Every dollar counts."

The society also is in need of towels, blankets and toilet seat covers for animal bedding, Kong-brand dog toys and canned dog and puppy food, Stewart said. Donations can be made by visiting the Humane Society Web site or calling 321-3794, ext. 174.

The FSO bagel sales also make for a convenient breakfast stop for employees who work in the University Services Building.

Elizabeth Curbelo, a Systems Control employee, is one of a number of workers in the building who try to stop by the sale every payday.

"I think it's great. It's a good cause," she said.

Bagel buyers are advised to show up early, since the Bruegger's bagels, in a variety of flavors, often fly off the table before the hour is over. 

Those who are unable to attend the sales but would still like to help FSO reach its goal can contact Apodaca at 621-1524 or apodacah@arizona.edu to make a donation.

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