Mount Shasta High School student and Key Club member Sienna Milligan recently presented a check to Siskiyou Humane Society with proceeds from a benefit concert she organized as a fundraiser for the organization.
The concert, held Dec. 12 in the dance hall at Mt. Shasta City Park, started out as a personal project and became a community service project through the MSHS Key Club with assistance from Matilde de Franchis-Unruh of the Mount Shasta 5-Star Kiwanis.
It was also Sienna’s senior project.
A volunteer at the Humane Society for two years, Sienna said she decided to put on the concert because she was hearing rumors that they were running out of money and “felt a responsibility to help.”
She lined up a show featuring the Sisson Middle School violin band, the Mount Shasta High School Jazz Choir, NightSong with Dave Reynolds, and Paula Reynolds.
The cost to attend was just $3.
Sienna said she wishes more people would have been there, but she feels “pretty happy” with raising several hundred dollars for the Humane Society.
Asked what she learned from the process, Sienna said, “Definitely communication skills. I’m kind of shy, and I was terrified to talk to people, but had to do it. I learned how difficult and stressful it is to put on even a small event.”
Siskiyou Humane Society Shelter Manager Kim Latos wrote in an email that Mount Shasta High School has recognized the Humane Society many times in the past, and “we were very grateful for the time and effort Sienna put into making this concert a reality. SHS receives no government or national agency funding. Our funding comes from private donations and sales from our thrift stores. We may receive a small grant occasionally for programs such as spaying and neutering. All in all, it is the community that supports us.”
Latos wrote that “funds from the concert were used to purchase enrichment toys for the dogs and cats awaiting their forever homes currently staying in the shelter.”
Sienna said she likes volunteering for the Humane Society because she likes animals and feels they have a calming effect on her. She plans to attend College of the Siskiyous after high school and get a degree in business.