Support for the Protection of Wisconsin Police Dogs and the Communities They Serve Deepens

by | Feb 8, 2016 | Client News

Awakening the Domestic Church

Nora Collins MECAGreenfield, WI, February 3, 2016:  The MECA Foundation announced today, the return of up and coming country superstar, Nora Collins, at MECA Vest A K9 Fest.  The 5th annual event, held this year on Saturday, July 23rd at the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (3670 S. 108th St, Greenfield), promises to be the most entertaining yet.

“Police dogs unselfishly serve and protect the community.  Let’s show our thanks by protecting them!” said Nora.

Every year, Vest A K9 Fest features appearances by local celebrities, signings by professional athletes, and stunts and demonstrations by police officers and their trusted canine partners.  This family friendly event allows festival goers to enjoy delicious food, shop amongst local vendors and watch the lively performance by Collins. The fundraiser’s raffles and silent auction proceeds go directly to the MECA Foundation, which provides bullet and stab resistant vests to Wisconsin’s police K9s.

Nora Collins gained local notoriety in 2012 after winning her first Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) “Rising Star” award. Since then, Collins has averaged over 200 appearances each year for the last three years.  She has opened for many national performers, including Phil Vassar, Ronnie Milsap and Sixpence None the Richer. In 2015, Nora released her fourth album, “My Radio”.  The seven-track album features all original songs written or co-written by Nora.  In contrast to her previous, all-acoustic CD, “My Radio” was recorded with a full band of Nashville’s finest musicians.

“Being her third year performing, Nora has become a beloved staple of Vest A K9 Fest.  Her energy is contagious and really gets the crowd going.  We can’t wait to hear some of her new music,” said MECA Foundation founder and owner of Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, Dr. Marla Lichtenberger.

The MECA Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting every police dog in the state of Wisconsin with bullet resistant and stab proof vests.  In addition, the MECA Foundation also assists Wisconsin police K-9 Units purchase police dogs by donating grants to Wisconsin K-9 Units.


For more information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Lichtenberger, please contact Debra Lopez of Debra Lopez Public Relations at 262-989-0604 or