Foundation awards grant for homeless cats
For many stray and feral cats, injuries and illness are an all-too-common
The Allie Foundation’s board of directors voted in December to award $700 to Save Cats and Obliterate OverPopulation Inc., a rescue organization in Cincinnati, for its Sick and Injured Cats program.
“To ignore these cats results in great suffering,” SCOOP said in its grant
application.  Their injuries and illnesses can include abscesses,
respiratory illnesses, eye infections and broken bones, the organization
explained.  SCOOP’s program works in conjunction with spay/neuter programs to assist cats who need additional medical care. It helps members of the community who want to assist cats in need.
SCOOP says it expects to assist 10 sick or injured free-roaming cats with
the grant and matching funds from January to April.
To learn more about SCOOP, its other programs, services and events, visit the organization at

Foundation gets go-ahead for tax-exempt donations
The Allie Foundation is pleased to announce it received its 501(c)3
tax-exempt status in September.
The foundation had filed for the status after becoming a domestic
nonprofit corporation in April.
Donations are now tax-deductible.
“We’re so happy to finally be in position to help the organizations we’ve
always wanted to help --- those that are doing so much for animals who are hurting, hungry or alone,’’ said foundation board chairwoman Jeanne
Starmack added that the foundation encourages organizations this year to apply on the Web site for grants up to $1,000. Preference will be given to organizations that use a significant percentage of their funds for their cause, rather than for salaries, overhead and advertising, she said.

Board meets for first time
The foundation’s board of directors had its organizational meeting Sept. 24.
The board elected Jeanne Starmack, 56, of New Castle, Pa., as chairwoman of the board.
Starmack, a former journalist, brings a knowledge of writing, editing ,
researching, and social and mainstream media to the foundation. She is
also president of one of the foundation’s sponsoring companies,
Cat-in-the-bag Co., which designed and markets a bag-style cat carrier.

The board elected Ted Starmack, 57, of New Castle, Pa., as
secretary-treasurer of the board. He has an MBA in business from Duquesne University with concentrations in economics, marketing and human resources. He is the sales-marketing director of Cat-in-the-bag Co., and the president of Starshine Soaps and Sundries, the foundation’s other sponsoring business.

Patricia Cyr, 55, of Rochester, N.Y., and Raymond Starmack, 25, of
Glenville, N.C., are the board’s remaining two members.

Cyr is a quality engineer and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Harris
Corp. in Rochester, which means she teaches the use of improvement tools like flow charts and histograms. She also teaches quality and statistics classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ray Starmack, 25, obtained his environmental science degree from Juniata College. His recent work includes an internship in the fisheries
department at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has been invited to apply for a staff position there. He brings a knowledge of issues concerning wildlife to the foundation, whose mission is to help animals “both domestic and wild.”

The next board meeting is tentatively set for early December.

The board will decide on the disbursement of grants and-or gifts for 2016, and will also begin discussing plans for fund-raising events in  2017.


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