Cathy Bissell: Blocktail Party’s success will make a difference

Cathy Bissell is convinced the effects of this year’s BISSELL Blocktail Party will be felt for years to come.

Louie, an English bulldog puppy, attended his first Blocktail Party on Wednesday. (Yvonne Reames photo)

Blocktail 2012, held Wednesday on the grounds of Mangiamo! restaurant, set records for both attendance and fundraising, with 800 guests, half as many dogs and close to $200,000 raised for area organizations promoting the prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption from shelters and rescues.

Proceeds of the event benefit the organizations, including the 10 “Party Partners” who already have received $1,000 each, that applied for grants through the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

“I think the organizations are going to feel it (the influx of funding) this year, and the community is going to feel it next year and in the next couple years because there won’t be so many animals in need,” said Bissell, director of corporate affairs for BISSELL Inc. and founder of BPF. “We won’t have quite the stray population because so many of the organizations plan to use the grant for spay and neuter programs. The population will be down.” Continue reading

BISSELL Blocktail sets records for fundraising, attendance

BISSELL’s Blocktail Party crushed its previous attendance record … for people and dogs. (Mary Ullmer photo)

Talk about going to the dogs! This year’s BISSELL Blocktail Party, held Wednesday night at Mangiamo! in Grand Rapids, easily was the biggest in its 7-year history. Continue reading