Highlights of 2009 – 2010:
January: We started the year with “K-9s For The Ninth Ward” Charity Pet Calendar to support the rebuilding effort of New Orleans, a City that exemplifies Cultural Diversity and the Arts.
February: 2/9/09 – In the interest of securing a relationship with a local New Orleans’ organization, one that knew the community and the organizations assisting in the reconstruction effort, Global Garden’s President, Barbara L. George, entered into an agreement, with Bard College’s Stephen Tremaine, Director of Urban Studies in New Orleans Program, to assist our charity in selecting a qualified recipient.??”As a native of New Orleans and now the Director of USNOP since 2005, I believe that Mr. Tremaine will advise us, free from any conflict of interest but rather, compliment us with their harmonious mission.” ??The Urban Studies in New Orleans Program is a summer academic and service program offered in partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana. Students in the program pair coursework in urban geography, policy, and history with substantive internships in a range of community-based recovery organizations. More information can be found at: www.bard.edu/neworleans/study/
March: 3/1/09 – We received a mention in Fortune Small Business Magazine
3/11/09 – Our official ?501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization status was granted.
May: 5/8, 9 & 10 – We toured the areas most affected by Katrina and those areas that were being rebuilt through the efforts of individual volunteers and various charitable organizations.
July: 7/01/09 – We formalized an agreement with NOAHH, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity as our New Orleans based affiliate
August: 8/29/09 – We held our first NY/NJ “Mardi Paw Masquerade Party” on the 4th anniversary of Katrina with a special focus on acknowledging all those who volunteered in our Nation’s largest pet rescue effort. Our event was originally scheduled for Central Park but due to bad weather, our event was held at The New York Waterway Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, NJ ~ with special thanks to our intrepid Hudson River Heroes.
October: 10/11/09 -We had an information booth at Liberty Animal Shelter’s Annual “Bark In The Park” Festival at Liberty State Park, NJ.