“A-Paws” For a Cause

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 5, 2012

Congratulations Kela!

Congratulations Kela!

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Drs. Foster & Smith extends special congratulations to Kela Ellis, an employee who recently was elected a recipient of Paul Newman’s Foundation Grant. Kela’s named charity (the Ronald McDonald House) will be receiving a donation for $10,000 from the foundation. Only 10 U.S. people are granted a donation from Paul Newman’s foundation per year. Kela and a family member will be flown out to Washington DC for the much-deserved fan fair.

Kela and her family’s story began a year after their daughter (Ashley) succumbed to brain cancer in 1989. In memory of Ashley, the Ellis family began collecting cans and tabs for recycling. They call their project Cans for Cancer and in 1997 made it part of Make a Difference Day. Every year they donate the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House.

Kela has 23 years of service at Drs. Foster and Smith. Marko Modic, Human Resources Manager, spoke for the company and said, “We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work she and her family have done to help families in need.”

Again, congratulations to Kela and the other 9 recipients of the Paul Newman’s Foundation Grant.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff April 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

How cool is THAT?! Thanks to the Ellis family for their strength and dedication following their tragic loss.

Suz April 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

We need more Kela’s in this world. EVERY single person can make a difference and this is a great example. Congrats Kela!

dayna k. April 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Congratulations! That is a wonderful thing you are doing for people. There needs to be more people in the world like you. 🙂
I am entering to win the CatSpa! #PETS

Cindy Basinger April 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

I am interested in the Cat Spa. I have three cats who are the light of my life!

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