Luke’s Legacy Foundation is a public tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (95-4725924) and has its own tax exempt number, 47-2206419. Each year, through a host of fundraising techniques and events designed to insure the success of their Mission, Luke’s Legacy Foundation will donate grants to a number of nonprofit rescue centers. The ultimate goal is to guarantee that a variety of non-profit rescue centers have the necessary financial resources to ensure that the abandoned or unwanted animals across the country receive adequate medical care, including neutering or spaying, and, foremost, find a forever home in a loving family environment.
Melanie Scherer, a life-long resident of California, has committed her fundraising expertise to the formation and execution of Luke’s Legacy Foundation. Melanie first attended an animal rescue benefit in 2007. She was so touched by the stories of rescue and adoption that she called and volunteered her services the following day. At the time, Melanie wasn’t aware that it would change her life forever … for the good. Melanie now serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Foundation.
Priscilla Avedon and her husband Dean split their time between Los Angeles and La Quinta, California. The couple had spent a lot of time in desert communities but finally chose La Quinta as their home because of the mountain beauty and laid-back atmosphere.
Priscilla grew up with dogs and confesses, “I can’t imagine life without them. The unconditional love they give to their owners cannot be duplicated.” There’s no doubt she’s talking about her two dogs, a six-year-old Weimaraner named Heidi and a year-old Doberman named Baron.
During the last 10 years, Priscilla has spent volunteer time with various animal rescues in the Coachella Valley and also served as the Southern California liaison for Cavalier Rescue USA in Orange County. She and Dean would foster Cavalier King Charles dogs until a suitable home was chosen … sometimes with as many as five in their household! “When Luke’s Legacy was formed,” admits Priscilla, “I was ready and willing to help in any way I could because I knew it would make a difference to a wide range of wonderful local rescue organizations.” Priscilla now serves as a board member for the Foundation.
Virginia (Ginna) Goodrich and her husband Robert split their time between Florida, Ohio and California but consider the desert’s Hideaway as a “slice of heaven” because the people are so amazing and spiritual. Like Melanie and Priscilla, Ginna loves her pets. Even though she readily admits to being a horrible dog trainer, the affection for her three dachshunds (doxies) keeps her going. Thirteen years ago, her first long-haired doxie, Oscar, was rescued from a Palm Desert pet store. Oscar met his sister, another long-haired doxie named Roxie, 12 years ago. But it was when the Goodrich duo acquired their third six-year-old, short-haired dachshund from Pet Rescue Center that Ginna became hooked on helping the rescue effort in the Coachella Valley.
“We have always owned dogs and other abandoned or injured animals including squirrels, rabbits and mice, generally found on the streets of Zanesville, Ohio,” says Ginna, “but my passion for rescue came with the adoption of our third doxie. Luke’s Legacy is a way for me to give back to a cause which I am passionate about … dogs.” Ginna also serves as a board member for the Foundation.
Haley is the Social Media Manager for Luke’s Legacy’s Instagram. She is attending DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana as a communications major. She has been actively involved in competitive show jumping with her two horses Bella and Chiquita.
“Growing up riding horses has made me a huge animal lover!” says Haley “My family and I have always been huge supporters for rescue dogs. My parents have a rescue mutt named Toots and my sister has a Labrador mix named Woody I’m planning on getting two rescues the moment I graduate from college!”
Fortunately, through the dedication of these individuals to Luke’s Legacy, a host of non-profit rescue centers in California will have the necessary funds to successfully unite people with paws.
All of Luke’s Legacy Foundation board members are volunteers and receive zero compensation for their efforts, allowing for 100% off all proceeds to go directly to helping provide no-cost or low-cost spay and neutering for the pets of Cochella Valley.