By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
A contribution from a NASCAAR driver’s foundation will help Albany Animal Shelter Helping Hands move closer to completing a new animal shelter in Albany.
AASHH’s Carla Brownsberger applied for and received a grant from the Greg Biffle Foundation.
“I opened up the letter and the check fell out,” she said.
The $2,500 grant will help AASHH install new windows and doors, AASSH’s Bob Pickerel said.
Biffle, who races No. 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, set up the Greg Biffle Foundation with his wife Nicole, who manages the foundation. The foundation’s mission is “To create awareness and serve as advocates to improve the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motorsport industry.”
“With this donation we hope that you will be able to continue your endeavors in animal welfare,” Nicole Biffle says in a letter received by Brownsberger. “We recognize and appreciate all that you do to help the animals that rely on your assistance.”
Pickerel said the grant will allow AASSH to begin taking bids for windows and doors. He said some inside work will also be done in preparation for the electrical and plumbing installation, which will be handled by Albany Public Works.
“The city’s been helping quite a bit,” he said. “We’ve been quite pleased with their cooperation.”
AASHH is still seeking donations, which are overseen by the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. Donors may contact Bob or Wanda Pickerel, Carla Brownsberger or Elaine Akers.