Seventh Grader partners with Community and Raises $1,000 For Alaqua Animal Refuge

DESTIN, FLA., (January 6, 2014) – With her endless determination and passion for animals, local seventh grade student, Lily Corchis, headed fundraising efforts and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Alaqua Animal Refuge. “It is my dream to become a conservationist or one day build an animal shelter like Alaqua’s. Because I am too young to volunteer at Alaqua, I started to raise money so I know I am helping the animals in need” said twelve year old Lily Corchis. Lily shared Alaqua’s message of believing that every abused, homeless, and neglected animal should have a second chance with anyone who would listen. She placed donation jars throughout the community and through her efforts she was able to raise and donate $1,000. The moneys raised for Alaqua will be donated in hopes to better the lives of shelter animals. Lily’s fundraising goals wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations from her classmates and teachers at her school, Ohana Institute, located in Rosemary Beach. A donation jar was also placed in the Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center office where Dr. Shawna Hogan matched all donations along with local dental hygienist, Diane Bergey of Dr. Nathan Hall’s office. Lily and her family presented the check to Alaqua on Christmas Eve and Alaqua couldn’t have asked for a more meaningful gift this holiday season.


About Alaqua: Alaqua is a no-kill facility, and initially provided shelter to only a handful of dogs, cats and other animals while a small staff worked to find them permanent, loving homes. But the shelter has expanded in the ensuing years and now provides a place of respite for about 250 animals at any given time, including dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, horses, donkeys and a wide variety of farm animals. Since 2007, Alaqua staff and volunteers have helped find homes for more than 9,000 animals, with up to 100 adoptions completed each month. For more information call 850-880-6399 or visit About Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center: Dr. Shawna Hogan, owner and Head Chiropractor at Regatta Chiropractic & Laser Center, emphasizes in individual patient care in a serene, comfortable office, located at the Regatta Commons across from the Destin Chamber of Commerce. With over 10 years of experience in chiropractic care in Northwest Florida, Dr. Shawna Hogan and her team also offer therapeutic massage and Zerona laser body slimming. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 850-424-7856. Stay up to date with specials and current offers at or find Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center on Facebook, Twitter and Blogspot. Photo Attached (From L to R): Dr. Shawna Hogan, Lily Corchis, & Laurie Hood at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Photo by Jessica Proffitt of Proffitt PR. ShawnaHogan.LilyCorchis.LaurieHood


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