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Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving season, here are some of the things I’m grateful for: — Two farm animal sanctuaries that played prominent roles in my life with Greg: Animal Place in Grass Valley, California, which inspired us to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan after a visit in the year 2000; and Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland, which we had long supported and last visited together just three weeks before Greg’s death.  I am dedicating both… Read More


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Food for Thought – partnering for wildlife & our environment

Since its inception on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund has partnered with Animal Place to expand its North America-wide Food for Thought program to wildlife and environmental organizations. The Food for Thought program began with a focus on companion animal groups, asking the simple question: why serve some animals as food at organizational functions in order… Read More


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Thanksgiving at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Meeting animal residents at farm sanctuaries was life-changing for Greg and me, providing the critical impetus for us to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan.   Two sanctuaries in particular played prominent roles in our lives – first Animal Place when we lived in Northern California, and then Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary after we moved to the greater Washington DC area.  Today,… Read More


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Greg Fund – Q3 2017 Highlights & Anniversary Request

I established the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund in early 2016, to continue promoting animal rescue, veganism, and wildlife conservation – three causes that were a particular passion for Greg and me. This October 16 will be the second anniversary of Greg’s death, followed by our 25th wedding anniversary on October 24.  As these anniversaries approach, I would be very… Read More


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Environmental and Wildlife Groups Go Vegan!

One of the two largest initiatives of the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund is a partnership with Food for Thought – a North America-wide program of Animal Place, the California organization that inspired Greg and me to become vegetarian in the year 2000, and then vegan some years later. Food for Thought provides resources to help organizations adopt vegan or… Read More


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Greg Fund Q2 2017 Highlights

  I am proud to share Q2 2017 highlights for the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, which I established in April 2016 to continue supporting the causes I once shared with Greg.   People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) On June 22 in Norfolk, VA, I had the honor of co-presenting, with Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s second annual Gregory… Read More


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Going Vegan for Wildlife – Food for Thought

A growing body of evidence tells us that animal agriculture is a primary threat to world wildlife survival.  Vast tracts of forests are cleared for beef cattle grazing and to grow feed crops like soy and corn – making beef  the biggest deforestation driver in the world.  Almost 4 million hectares of South American rainforests disappear each year.  In the United States,… Read More


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Food for Thought and the Paris Climate Agreement

With President Trump’s move this week to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s more important than ever that we as private citizens do what we can to mitigate climate change.   A growing body of evidence tells us that the best way we can do this is to eliminate animal products from our diets.  While… Read More


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Donate to the Fund – and animals – for Greg’s birthday

Some say you have to be alive on this earth to have a birthday. I respectfully disagree. We celebrate the birthdays of certain famous people centuries after they are gone. Why not also celebrate the birthdays of people who are not particularly famous, but who have nevertheless left an indelible mark on our lives?   Tuesday, June 6, 2017 will… Read More


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Greg Fund – Lots of News for Q1 2017!

I established the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund in honor of my late husband on April 22, 2016 (Earth Day), to continue contributing to the organizations and causes we supported together while he was alive. In the first quarter of 2017, I had the privilege of making my most significant grants from the Fund to date – and also the… Read More


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