Unchain Winston to host its first karaoke fundraiser
By: Cassidy White
Unchain Winston, a local nonprofit and partner of Forsyth Humane Society, has built over 62 fences and helped over 100 dogs in becoming unchained. This October, Unchain is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
“Our primary mission is to unchain dogs that are chained 24/7 and build fences for them to get off the chain,” said Unchain Winston’s co-founder Stephanie Belcher about the name and mission of the organization
Unchain Winston is a request-based organization. After an application has been submitted, a volunteer will review the application and conduct preliminary phone calls. Next, an onsite evaluation will occur with a group of volunteers going to the house. The evaluating happens on the first Sunday, and on the second Sunday, the team will place concrete and build the gate. On the third Sunday, the fence is constructed and when everything is in place, and the dog is ready to be unchained. (Those interested in a live viewing of the unchaining can watch here.)
With about 25 core volunteers, Belcher said there is always room for more to help. The volunteers help with evaluations, fundraising, qualifications, and events. Building at least one fence a month minus the month of December, Unchain Winston has built at least 55 new fences on top of fixing existing fences. Unchain Winston also provides resources for food and complete vetting.
Unchain Winston requires that the dog be spayed or neutered to receive help, and Unchain will cover this service at no extra cost. If any dog needs extra medical attention, Belcher said Dr. Emmerson at SouthSide Veterinary Hospital helps with those needs.
Unchain Winston is entirely self-funded, meaning that all donations go directly to the organization to help with projects. Fundraising is a significant way that Unchain Winston gets its supplies, and on Nov. 1, Unchain Winston will hold its first karaoke fundraiser. The event will take place at Old Nick’s Pub, 191 Lowes Foods Dr. in Lewisville, and will start at 7:30 p.m.
“We have never done anything like this before, and neither have other nonprofits in our vicinity,” Belcher said.
Jennifer Mornam and Jennifer Hill, the owners of Old Nick’s Pub, worked closely with Belcher to make this an idea turn into the real deal. Parking and admission into the event will be free, and there will be baked goods as well as a few food stands available.
For a $2 suggested donation, one can sing karaoke. For a $5 donation, one can choose somebody else’s song, and for another $5, that song can be skipped. A $10 donation will get you out of singing altogether, and $20 donation will allow those who wish to hang out and have a good time to do so. At the end of the night, the audience will vote on different categories for winners. The winners selected can choose from gift cards donated from local businesses and restaurants. While donations are suggested, those who do choose to donate will be in line for prizes only.
“We want to spread awareness about what we do,” Belcher said. The more money we can raise, the more people we can help.”