On Saturday, August 18th at noon the Newport County YMCA will be hosting a Doggie Dip with the Potter League for the Animals. The event is a fundraiser to support the Newport County YMCA Potter League Summer Camp. The suggested donation is $10 and this event is open to the entire community.

The Newport County YMCA has had a long relationship with the Potter League and every summer hosts “Camp Happy Tails”. This hands-on educational program allows campers to explore the Potter League and meet shelter animals. Activities include completing service projects, meeting shelter workers and guest speakers, making animal crafts and playing games. In addition, campers entering grades 2 and 3 will read humane themed books to Potter League “Reading Fur Fun” shelter animals. Both organizations have similar missions; to support and better their neighbors no matter if they have two legs or four with a tail.

“We value our partners in the community and jump at the chance to host collaborations like the Doggie Dip with the Potter League for Animals. Every year we do regular maintenance on our Aquatics Facility. Before draining our pool, we decided to invite our neighbors and their pups to stop by the Y for a dip,” says Mike Miller, CEO, Newport County YMCA.

“At the Potter League, we are always looking for ways to bring people and animals closer together. The YMCA is the perfect partner to make sure everyone in the family, including pets, have a happy and healthy summer with activities like the Doggie Dip and Camp Happy Tails,” Brad Shear, Executive Director, The Potter League for Animals.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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