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Fundraiser campaign will aid shelter’s expansion

Updated 11:35 a.m. Saturday: This article has been updated to correct the date of the Monsignor King Outreach Center's open house.

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A series of community events this month will benefit Monsignor King Outreach Center in its annual Shelter Thy Neighbor fundraiser.

Betty Kay, the executive director of the shelter, said the funds from the events will go toward continuing the $250,000 renovations to the  former Denton Animal Shelter at 300 S. Woodrow Lane, which the city leased to the organization in 2015.

Currently, according to its website, the shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, rise above 100 degrees or during severe weather outbreaks. Dinner is also served on Tuesday nights. 

In years past, the nonprofit has been able to raise as much as $35,000 through its Shelter Thy Neighbor campaign.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do some more renovations, since there’s still plenty left to be done,” Kay said.

Since the current plan is to eventually expand the nightly capacity from 42 people to 100, Kay is expecting electricity and utility bills to spike.

While the nightly capacity won’t expand for nearly a year after renovations are complete, Kay said she and fellow volunteers just want to ensure the expansion goes over smoothly.

The shelter will host an open house preceding the fundraising events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Visitors will be able to tour the facilities that are undergoing renovation and purchase raffle tickets for prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 in value.

On May 15, the 14th annual Monsignor King Open golf tournament will be held at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth. Included upon registration are green and cart fees, range balls, prizes and refreshments. The tournament begins at 11 a.m. Entry fees are $110 per golfer or $400 for a foursome, and every participant will receive a certificate worth $50 in value for a free round of golf at Oakmont Country Club.

That same day, anybody can enjoy food and fellowship with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at Agua Dulce on South Elm Street.

Tickets are $35 each and can be reserved by texting or calling Mary Garcia at (940) 368-1125, or at Metzler’s BBQ, 628 Londonderry Lane in Denton.

For more information, visit www.kingoutreachcenter.com.

MATT PAYNE can be reached at 940-566-6845.

Featured image: Betty Kay, left, the executive director of the Monsignor King Outreach Center and Roy Metzler, president of the nonprofit group that runs the shelter, stand in a portion of the new expansion area of the center in December. A series of fundraisers are planned this month to help with the expansion.

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