Can you guess what the following have in common?

  1. A pit bull mix named BaileyGirl with bassett hound small
  2. Zombies
  3. A comedy club
  4. A weiner dog named Cora Bella

They all contributed to this week ‘s good news you need to know.  Each had a part in raising money for educational programs, a children’s cancer center, and animal shelters nationwide.

Children’s Museum Event Raises $96K

Kids and adults enjoyed themselves at the Miami Children’s Museum’s annual “Not So Scary Halloween Bash!” while raising funds to support the Museum’s educational programming. Sponsored by Whole Foods South Beach and Downtown Miami, Greenberg Traurig, and others, the event featured trick-or-treating throughout the Museum’s galleries, pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, and dancing to the Monster Mash.  A haunted house with clowns (scary!) and zombies (creepy!) rounded out the event. The haunted house will be open all month. The event raised $96K. Learn more about the Museum’s educational programs at

Comedy Cures Benefits Cancer Center

The Children’s Cancer Caring Center held its eighth annual Comedy Cures—A Night at the Improv in Hollywood. The Center, located in Baptist Children’s Hospital in Miami Dade, is a nonprofit that provides medical treatment to children regardless of the ability to pay. Lee Klein, chairman and CEO, told the Sun-Sentinel that the Center has “never in 50 years turned a child away.” Rotary Club of Coral Springs was the sponsor of the event, which raised $7,500. Contact if you are interested in supporting the Center.

Pooch Pics Raise $100K for Shelters Nationwide

A rescued pit bull mix named Bailey was one of 15 runner-ups that won $5K to donate to a rescue of choice in Petfinder Foundation’s campaign. Aimed at raising awareness about rescue dogs (and promoting domain registry company Donuts new “.dog” domain), 20,700 images garnered more than 550,000 votes between late August and September. Each vote generated a donation to the Petfinder Foundation. Winning pooches included Bailey, rescued as a puppy in a rainy parking lot, and Cora Bella, a dachshund that won first place. Bailey’s $5K winnings will be donated to the Everglades Angels Dog Rescue, where his owner volunteers, while Cora Bella’s $25K will support a rescue shelter in Indiana. View all the winners at You can also support pit bull mixes like Bailey at


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