Today was a great day at the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia and Glynn County Animal Services.
The Raymond and Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare granted $2,500 each to these worthy organizations.
Pictured L-R: Virginia Schlegel, Executive Director Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia; Jack Kilgore, Foundation Board and Paul White, Foundation President & CEO.
Pictured L-R: Paul White, Community Foundation President & CEO; Julie Holmes-Taylor, Glynn County Animal Services Director and Jack Kilgore, Foundation Board.
The Raymond and Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare annually provides for the care, feeding, medical attention and sheltering of stray and unwanted dogs. This is their story:
For forty years as owner of Sadye's, with locations first in downtown Brunswick and later on St. Simons Island, Raymond Baumel helped to advise and clothe local fashionable women. To them he was the arbiter of good taste, quiet elegance, and style. Many also fondly remember his wife Elizabeth "Billie" Cowen Baumel, with whom he traveled the world in the hunt for the perfect new styles and jewelry to bring back to the women of the Golden Isles. Also remembered was a succession of "Abernathy" Yorkshire Terriers - each one, in his time, a permanent fixture at Raymond's feet by his desk at the store. In Raymond's generosity, he always reached out to those who needed a hand up. He had a special place in his heart, however, for abandoned or abused dogs. When Raymond died he sought through his estate to provide for "dog" welfare here in coastal Georgia for generations to come. He established an endowed fund at the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to do just that. Due to their forethought the Baumels have created a lasting legacy as well as a permanent income stream for the care and sheltering of stray and unwanted dogs.