It’s kind of exciting to be announcing the winner of our contest right after watching the Emmy Awards.  Hopefully we will soon have our own opportunities at various film festivals to experience the thrill of getting all dressed up to anxiously wait for someone on stage to announce our names as winners.  In the meantime, the winner of this week’s building buzz contest is . . . PETS inc.

At first glance, this might seem like an unusual winner; however, as embarrassing as it is to admit, not a single person entered the buzz building contest this past week.  Whether it was because people were too busy with end-of-summer activities and school starting or maybe because people were already burned out from our earlier contests, we’re not sure.  Since there was no one to give the prize to, we first thought about putting the money into our film-festival-entry-fee fund.  But then we were inspired by the fact that our feline stars Marmalade and Mason were adopted from animal shelters, so we decided to donate the money to a local shelter.

PETS inc. is an animal shelter down the road from Brian’s house in West Columbia, SC, that does amazing things with very little money.  In fact, Jocelyn’s dog and another Rish family dog were lovingly adopted from PETS inc. several years ago.  PETS inc. cares for dogs and cats, and while the donation is only a small drop in the giant bucket of need all these shelters face, we know they’ll make the most of it.  Hopefully it will help keep an adorable cat alive long enough to be adopted, whether it’s by an animal trainer looking for a new star or a senior citizen looking for some companionship.

And with that, the “trailer celebration” contests are now officially over.  A huge thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about Saying Goodbye in any way, shape, or form over this past month!