Dear Friends –
Thank you to everyone who contributed this past year to either the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund or one of the organizations I designated to receive contributions in Greg’s memory. Thank you especially to colleagues who participated in a series of Labor Day reminiscences about Greg on this Fund blog.
I have already made multiple grants from the Fund, to organizations and programs that promote values Greg and I shared. I also regularly volunteer with many of these same organizations – and I have just adopted an abused racehorse named Charlie, who was rescued this summer by PETA.
October is filled with all the saddest and the happiest anniversaries in my life with Greg. This October 16 will be the first anniversary of his death. October 24 will be both the 25th anniversary of the day Greg and I met, and the 24th anniversary of our wedding. Many other life events for our human and animal family members also occurred in October.
As these anniversaries approach, supporting organizations and causes to which Greg and I shared a commitment is the best way I know to compensate just a bit for all the years he didn’t get to live. I would be very grateful if you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to the Fund this quarter – any amount of $10 or more would be lovely! – or share this post with someone else who may be interested in doing so. I will match the first $10,000 of donations that are made to this Fund during October-December 2016 by granting funds to one or more of the organizations on the following grantee list. When you make an online donation, you can either a) leave the ‘contribution purpose’ field blank and thereby leave the grantee choice to me, or b) specify a particular organization to receive your donation along with my match.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – Greg and I were members for more than 15 years, and I of course continue to be an active supporter.
Animals in Entertainment – Cruelty in Horseracing Project: This project monitored my new horse Charlie while he was still actively racing as Charlie’s Quest, took action to rescue him when it became clear that he was at imminent risk of breaking down on the track, and then provided two months of rehabilitation care prior to my adopting him. Blog post here.
Cruelty Investigations Department – Community Animal Project: Our dog Itchy and horses Henry and Caroline received life-saving care through this Project – in Itchy’s case, for many years – prior to our adopting them. More info about the Project’s current work on the Greg Fund blog here.
During the week when Greg would have celebrated his 53rd birthday, PETA presented its inaugural Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award. Blog post here.
Greg and I first visited the Northern California farm animal sanctuary and education center Animal Place when we lived in San Francisco in the year 2000, and were inspired thereby to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan.
The grant is specifically to help the Food for Thought program expand to encompass wildlife and environmental organizations – and I have assisted with this outreach effort on a volunteer basis. Blog post here.
Greg and I visited and donated to this Poolesville, MD farm animal sanctuary many times beginning in 2010. What we learned from our sanctuary visits later helped us to prepare for the care of our horses. I have recently been volunteering at the sanctuary on a weekly basis, assisting with the care of their 200 rescued animals.
The grant has helped the sanctuary to provide food, bedding and veterinary care for the animals. Blog post here.
This local organization certified our Middleburg, VA home as a wildlife sanctuary in 2013.
The first grant was specifically to provide all-vegan fare for the organization’s 2016 annual member meeting banquet, and thereby help save wildlife in yet another way. Blog post here.
PCRM has successfully worked with policymakers and industry to adopt alternatives to chemical tests on animals, and to bring plant-based nutrition into medical education and practice. This year, PCRM has opened the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. Greg and I began supporting this organization in 2010.
COK exposes cruelty to farmed animals and promotes vegetarian eating – and is perhaps best known in the Washington DC area for organizing the annual DC VegFest each fall. Their research has been highlighted, for example, in the September 8 Bloomberg News article Killing Off American Cows to Keep Milk Prices High. Greg and I began supporting this organization in 2010.
This is a new and innovative 501(c)(3) that provides marketing, design, legal, business, media, and other support to a select number of early-stage companies producing clean and plant-based products.
Greg’s first professional position was with the investment bank Hambrecht & Quist, which was best known for taking Apple Computer public. With that background, Greg had a lifelong interest in financing for innovative technology – and after he and I became vegetarian and then vegan, we shared a particular interest in innovative cruelty-free food companies. If Greg were alive today, he would surely support the Good Food Institute.
This organization promotes cruelty-free eating, especially on college campuses – with a team that includes NFL player David Carter (aka “the 300-pound vegan”). Greg and I began supporting this organization in 2012.
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