KHS board member Karen Krinock knows quite a bit about the rewards of volunteering. As the employee volunteer coordinator at Brown-Forman, she connects hundreds of her coworkers to fulfilling volunteer opportunities.
"My advice to everyone is to find something you are passionate about—and just do it," she says.
It's a philosophy that Karen lives by.
"I have always had such a soft heart for animals," she says. "It sounds like a cliché, but animals have no voice. It's up to us to protect them and to educate others about humane treatment."
Ten years ago Karen decided she could help pets by joining the KHS Tuxes & Tails Benefit Gala & Auction committee. She had experience working events, and she was passionate about KHS' mission.
Karen has chaired this signature event for the last eight years. This year's gala on Aug. 18 raised a record amount—more than $200,000—and attracted a record-breaking crowd of 450. All proceeds benefit KHS' lifesaving mission.
"I am so grateful for Karen and for her incredible committee members," says Lori Redmon, KHS President and CEO. "They all work so enthusiastically to create a magical, memorable evening. But as fun as this evening is, what's really important are the additional lives KHS will be able to save because of the money raised at Tuxes & Tails."
To attendees at Tuxes & Tails, the event looks effortless. But Karen and her team of about 30 committee members spend six months out of the year preparing for the annual gala. They do everything from taste testing the menu to choosing the linens and table decorations—to gathering hundreds of items for the silent and live auctions.
"You are only as good as the people around you," says Karen. "Thankfully, I have an incredible committee. We have fun and laugh, and over the years we have become such good friends. And on the evening of Tuxes & Tails, we get to see all our efforts pay off."
With this year's Tuxes & Tails now over, Karen and her hard-working team are already looking forward to 2013.
"We already have an idea for next year's theme," Karen says with a gleam in her eye. "It's going to be fabulous."
Become a Volunteer
The Kentucky Humane Society is grateful to have wonderful volunteers who provide their time and talent to help our animals. We rely on volunteers to walk dogs, socialize cats, take photos of adoptable pets, answer phones and work events. Interested in becoming a KHS volunteer? Visit www.kyhumane.org or call 502-515-3145.