Dr. Marla Lichtenberger Receives the Community Achievers Award
Greenfield, WI, June 1, 2016: Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, founder of MECA Foundation, was honored at last night’s Brewers game. Lichtenberger, a die-hard Brewers fan, threw out the first pitch, opening the game against the Cardinals. Acknowledged for her remarkable efforts in the community, Lichtenberger received the Brewers Community Achiever recognition for the month of May.
“Dr. Lichtenberger’s compassion for animals and unparalleled dedication to educating and protecting our pets, our police canines, and all animals makes her a deserving recipient of the Community Achievers Award.”From the Official Playbill of the Milwaukee Brewers, Issue 10, 2016.
After treating police canines in her hospital, Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, Dr. Lichtenberger made it her mission to try to prevent the injuries by supplying the dogs with life-saving, bullet and stab resistant vests.
“I am truly honored. I started the MECA Foundation because I simply saw a need in our community. Police K-9’s play such a valuable role in the safety of our cities – from detecting substances to apprehending criminals, and tracking suspects to finding missing persons. I just wanted to give back and help keep these animals safe,” said Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC.
Every year Dr. Lichtenberger holds the MECA Vest a K9 Fest – an event that raises funds to support her mission of providing every police canine in Wisconsin with a vest. The fundraiser, held at Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, 3670 S 108th Street in Greenfield on Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-3pm, has earned the support of Milwaukee Brewers’ players and their families, who are in attendance each year.
About MECA Foundation
The MECA Foundation’s mission aims to provide total wellness for Wisconsin police k-9’s offering early veterinary care, raising funds to help purchase and train police K-9’s for police departments, providing police K-9’s with protective vests, supplying the police K-9 units with various equipment (including, but not limited to police K-9 vehicles) and more. The MECA Foundation’s vision is to become one of the largest educational programs for Wisconsin schools by way of educating our youth and our communities on the importance of police K-9’s and how they keep our communities safe.
For more information on MECA Vest a K9 Fest, please contact Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals at 414-543-7387. For more information about Dr. Lichtenberger, or to schedule an interview, please contact Debra Lopez of Debra Lopez Public Relations at 262-989-0604.