AUBURN – Joanne Lebel, campaign team leader for the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society’s Capital Campaign, has announced her team leaders.

The leaders have agreed to educate people about the campaign and the Humane Society, be the “eyes and ears” for the campaign and be good will ambassadors in their communities.

The leaders are as follow: Circle of Friends, Denise Ouellette of Lewiston; Community Gifts, Stephen and Susan Myers of Auburn; Early Donors Family Event, Lisa Hartnett of Auburn; Early Major Donors Event, Dr. Phyllis Deringis of Auburn; Golf Tournament, Doug and Claudette Agren of Auburn.

Also, Leadership Donor Event, Rebecca Swanson Conrad of Auburn; Business Donor, Larry and Pauline Raymond of Lewiston; Major Business Donor co-leader, Susan Geismar of Minot; School Partnerships, Pauline Fournier of Lewiston; Community Leader for Greene, Becky Laliberte of Greene; Community Leader for Leeds, Vicki Wiegman of Leeds

“These volunteers each bring to the campaign their individual experiences, talents and community connections, which, collectively, will have a positive impact and contribute to the success of the campaign,” said Lebel. “We are very grateful to them for donating their time and talent to benefit our cause.”

The Humane Society has raised $1.9 million of the $2.5 million goal. To break ground on the new facility, which is to be built on Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston in 2006, $600,000 still needs to be raised.

The current shelter, located in Auburn, was built 30 years ago to care for 1,000 animals a year. Currently, between 3,600 and 4,000 homeless, abandoned and abused animals come through its doors each year.

The new shelter will be larger, more people and animal-friendly and centrally located so adoptable animals will have a better chance at finding the perfect family. The shelter serves 11 municipalities, including Lewiston, Auburn, Turner and Greene, and a population of more than 100,000 people.

Those interested in learning more about the plans for the new shelter or the campaign should call Steven Dostie, shelter director, at 786-4713, visit the shelter at 3312 Hotel Road or visit

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