EmbraceCLE Community Challenge Raises Over $200,000


CLEVELAND, OH., October 12, 2020 -- In its first year, the EmbraceCLE Community Challenge, a month-long fundraiser competition sponsored by Embrace Pet Insurance, brought together the Cleveland community in support of 14 local nonprofits navigating challenging times and a landscape of uncertainty. The Challenge enabled a fun, competitive opportunity for nonprofits to raise money to help further their community-based missions for the top prize of $20,000. In addition to keeping any donations raised for their mission, the top-performing organizations walked away with cash prizes totaling $50,000 from Embrace Pet Insurance.

R.E.A.L Rottweiler Rescue was crowned the 2020 winner and received a total of $59,260 - raising $38,760, winning a $500 bonus challenge and taking home the $20,000 grand prize. The organization works to secure dogs of various breeds while assessing their personality, temperament and training before placing them in appropriate adoptive homes. To-date, they have facilitated more than 1,000 successful adoptions.

"We are just a small rescue but our members and supporters went way above and beyond for our organization," said Danielle Zaremba and Bill Sergent of R.E.A.L. Rottweiler Rescue. "Thank you to our volunteers, supporters, adopters and followers who help us achieve our mission. An old saying never rang truer, 'We may not change the world, but for those dogs, the world will change.' Winning this challenge has enabled R.E.A.L. to continue to save countless lives."

The EmbraceCLE Community Challenge, which ran throughout the month of September, was developed by Embrace Pet Insurance to celebrate the incredible work being done by the nonprofits in the Cleveland area. The competition was fierce with more than $58,000 raised in the last 24 hours and donations coming in right up until the deadline. A total of $203,459 was donated throughout the entire challenge.

"Our company felt compelled to help these nonprofits, whose fundraising efforts had taken a hit this year due to COVID-19. This is proof that people have an innate need and capacity to come together. I'm extremely proud of the innovators and leaders who pour themselves into these causes and the people who donate both their time and treasure to support them," said Brian Macias, President of Embrace Pet Insurance. "That's the spirit of Clevelanders. That's the spirit of Americans. Companies have a responsibility to all stakeholders - their team members, shareholders, clients, the community, and in our case, pets!"

While R.E.A.L Rottweiler Rescue came out "top dog," many organizations were not far behind. Friends of City Dogs Cleveland took home the second-place prize of $10,000, Neighborhood Pets won the $6,500 third-place prize, and Red Oak Camp stood tall in fourth-place with a prize of $3,500. Through the top four prizes, and three weekly bonus challenges, Embrace donated a total of $50,000 to participating nonprofits.

The full list of 2020 participating organizations, included:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio

  • Fostering Hope

  • Friends of City Dogs Cleveland

  • Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary

  • Lake Erie Ink

  • Lake Humane Society

  • Multiple Breed Rescue

  • Neighborhood Pets Outreach and Resource Center

  • REAL Rottweiler Rescue

  • Red Oak Camp

  • Safer Futures

  • Secondhand Mutts

  • The Cassidy Theatre

  • Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland

For more information on the EmbraceCLE Community Challenge, please visit https://www.embracepetinsurance.com/about-us/giving-back/embracecle

About Embrace Pet Insurance

Embrace Pet Insurance, a part of NSM Insurance Group, is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, a non-insurance, optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more, with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit EmbracePetInsurance.com or call (800) 660-3817.

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