Portland, ME (1/07) – The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit arm, has announced the recipient of this year’s Full Circle Grant. Planet Dog, a socially responsible, globally recognized designer and developer of innovative, high-quality, award-winning dog products, recently presented the award to Shari Duke, Planet Dog's newly appointed Operations Manager.
Planet Dog and the Planet Dog Foundation created the Full Circle Grant program to reward a deserving team member nominated by his or her peers. The award aims to recognize an employee who exemplifies the values of the company and foundation by stepping up to the plate and jumping in to help when help is needed regardless of their workload. Planet Dog employees nominate co-workers they respect for going above and beyond their job description in the spirit of the company that is committed to philanthropy and giving back.
Shari Duke was nominated by her peers and chosen for the award in honor of her dedication to Planet Dog. Her colleagues nominated her in recognition of her energy, humor and skill in executing her multi-faceted job description in addition to taking classes to further her education outside of work.
The Full Circle Grant is not a cash award, but a gift of something the recipient needs but might not purchase for themselves, valued up to $500. Shari's award certificate will be used to purchase a new refrigerator to use at her camp.
PDF was created by Planet Dog to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends. Planet Dog is proud to donate a percentage of every purchase to PDF to support canine service organizations.
The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) also celebrated the recent holiday season by supporting several local and national non-profit organizations in need. In addition to awarding $20,000 in grants to canine service organizations in October, PDF gave a total of $10,000 to Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), My Wonderful Dog (MWD), the Portland Police K9 Unit, National Education for Assistance Dog Service/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS) and the Children's Cancer Center of the New England Medical Center.
From the beginning, the founders of Planet Dog knew they wanted to build a socially responsible company that not only enhanced the lives of dogs and their people, but one that also improved the world around them by giving back. For more information about Planet Dog and the Planet Dog Foundation, visit www.planetdog.com and www.planetdogfoundation.org.