Rescue Ranger
July 2022
Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament
A Historical Perspective

On August 27, 2022, Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue will host our 21st Annual Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament at River Ridge Golf Course in Raleigh. With this being our 25th Anniversary of becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we wanted to share a little bit of the history of the golf tournament with each of you, a very big part of NRGRR’s fundraising history.

In 2002, Jennifer Edwards planned, organized, and held the first ever NRGRR golf tournament at Woodlake Resort and Golf Club. Jennifer, herself a golfer, decided a golf tournament would be a fun way to raise money for the rescue. That first year, 97 golfers participated in the tournament.
In 2003, the tournament was hosted by the Chapel Hill Country Club; in 2004 and 2005 the tournament moved to Wildwood Green Golf Club; and in 2006, Golden on the Green moved to River Ridge Golf Course, it’s current location. This year will be the 16th year that Golden on the Green has made its home at River Ridge, our very accommodating and gracious hosts! (With the exception of 2020 when we held a virtual golf tournament due to COVID.)
According to our records, over 950 different golfers have participated in Golden on the Green during the past 21 years. Twenty-one golfers have played ten or more years and two golfers have played 17 years, Diane Barnes and Roger Stow. Jennifer Edwards (now) VanKirk, has led all the golf tournaments with the exception of 2006, when Linda Vicini stepped in as the coordinator, and 2021 and 2022 under the leadership of Kerry Ahrend and her amazing team of volunteers. At the 20th Anniversary tournament, in 2021, Jennifer was recognized for her vision of Golden on the Green and her many years of leadership. (Jennifer was also President of BOD for NRGRR from 2006 – 2008.)
We have had many great sponsors and in-kind donors over the years. Last year we got our first $5000 sponsor, Precision Air Technology, who has graciously agreed to be a Top Dog Sponsor again this year! Additionally, we have another Top Dog Sponsor, Pet Supplies Plus. We are SO excited to reach this level, not once—but twice this year! Brenda Holden and Fonville Morisey Realty are back again as our $10,000 Putting Contest Sponsor and we have a new Hole in One Sponsor, Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC.

Read below for more information about this year's tournament. Full or partial teams and individual registrations are still available. Sponsorships opportunities are also available. We love and appreciate our golfers and sponsors and their ongoing support to help NRGRR achieve our mission to Rescue, Rehab, and Adopt Goldens and golden-hearted dogs in need.
2022 Statistics
through June
88 Dogs Rescued

52 Dogs in Rehab

67 Dogs Adopted
Congratulations to these dogs finding their furever home in June

  • Blossom22
  • Ziggy22
  • Dakota Moon22
  • Rey22
  • Mexico Paz22
  • Wiggles22
  • Solo22
  • Boba22
  • Mexico Lalo22
  • Obi-wan22
  • Quincy22
  • Neo22
  • Trooper22
  • Dale22
  • Celeste22
  • Petty22
  • Brock22
NRGRR 2022 Events
  • July 23rd - Summer Splash - Montague Lake, Raleigh
  • August 10th - Bark in the Park - Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham
  • August 27th - Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament - River Ridge Golf Club, Raleigh
  • October 22nd - Rescue Reunion/Spooky Splash - Montague Lake, Raleigh
  • November 6th - NRGRR Gala - The Meadows at Firefly Farm, Raleigh
  • November 19th - Raleigh Christmas Parade - Downtown Raleigh
  • December 4th - Light Up the Night Hillsborough Holiday Parade - Downtown Hillsborough

Visit our Events web page for more information about our events. Stay tuned as more events are being planned for 2022!
Summer Splash
All human and furry friends are welcome to come to Montague Lake this Saturday, July 23rd, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our Summer Splash.

There will be an open swim for all dogs and festivities for everyone! We provide the tennis balls, you provide the wet dogs!

We will be asking for a donation of at least $5.00 at registration. More is always welcome!
2023 NRGRR Calendar Contest
Voting Ends Sunday, July 31st!
Voting is underway for the 2023 NRGRR Calendar Contest! We have great selection of photos again this year. Each vote costs $1 and you can vote as much or for as many dogs as you want.

The winner of the photo with the most votes will pick the month they would like to have the dog featured in the calendar as well as receive a special gift. The next 11 photos with the most votes will each receive a monthly spread. Voting will run through the July 31st and we hope to have the calendars ready to sell by mid-October.
Please click the button and vote for the dogs pictured here now!
They need your help to catch up with the pack. 
If you have any questions you can reach out to Kerry or Scott at:
21st Annual Golden of the Green
Charity Golf Tournament
We invite you to join us on August 27th at River Ridge Golf Course as a player or volunteer. There is a shotgun start at 1:30 PM; after the $10,000 putting contest; and we will end the day with prizes and delicious barbeque from Danny’s BBQ. Join us for the best time you will ever have on a golf course!
We are still accepting sponsors at all levels, raffle items (in-kind sponsors/donors), and $100 tee sponsors. Please consider being a tee sponsor by donating $100. Sponsor a tee “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one or beloved pet. It’s a small way that you can help make a big difference!
If you have any questions or anything you would like to donate, feel free to reach out to Kerry Ahrend at Come play, sponsor, or volunteer. Guaranteed to be one of the most FUN events you will attend all year. Hey, we even get to bring our Goldens along!
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors.
Our charity golf tournament would not be successful
without your support.
Big Dog Sponsor
In Memory of my Pretty Preaches and Sweet Daisy

Puppy Dog Sponsor

Chow Sponsor
Sue Williams
In Memory of Pat Duke

Putting Contest Sponsor
Brenda Holden

Little Dog Sponsors

Elizabeth Gregory
In Honor of Shep

Hole-In-One Sponsor
Tee Sponsors
Kerry Ahrend
In Honor of Elijah, Keeghan, Gabi, and Meshach

Kerry Ahrend
In Memory of Chuck Ahrend

Susan Rohr
In Memory of Carlie Rohr

In Memory of the Beau Sholar

Brenda and Steve Holden
In Honor of Jake and Bella

Brenda and Steve Holden
In Memory of Rufus, Maggie, Sadie, Samson, and Boone

Carolyn Redfern
In Memory of Max and Stella

Nora Jones
In Memory of Deacon Jones

Trophy Brewing Co.

Donna Blackwell
In Honor of Griffin Blackwell

Donna Blackwell
In Memory of the Rainbow Bridge Blackwells

Todd and Mary Beth Helton
In Honor of Brody, Kayleigh, and ILLey

Joanne and Todd Kroesen
In Honor of "Marley" Kroesen

Mackenzie Miller
In Memory of Izzy

Nell Barnes
In Honor of Pender and Gracie

Laurie Nuhn
In Memory of and Thanksgiving For Journey

Scott Kennedy
In Memory of Nugget, Maggie, and Willie Nelson

Scott Kennedy
In Honor of Brock

Jim and Meg Simone
In Honor of Kelsey and Chloe
Best Friends Animal Society
This month, Nell Barnes and Kerry Ahrend had the privilege of attending the Best Friends National Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conference was designed to share the newest, most advanced lifesaving tips and techniques from animal welfare experts.

Best Friends Animal Society is a national non-profit founded over 35 years ago by a group of people whose vision it was to create a sanctuary for abandoned and abused animals. In 1984, the founders of Best Friends made a promise to one another, and to the animals already in their care, that they would build an animal sanctuary in Southern Utah dedicated to housing and finding homes for unwanted pets while advocating the importance of no-kill.
Today, Best Friends has a goal to educate and empower shelters and rescues to increase “live” outcomes (number of noses in/number of noses out), create community-supported shelters, run more successful fundraising campaigns, end breed-specific legislation, and much more.

Here is some good news to share—the average save rate for dogs and cats across the country has shifted from 64% in 2016 to 83% in 2020. Today, a third of all communities with sheltering services around the country are now no-kill. Many shelters are at 90% (no-kill) and above, and two states have achieved “No Kill” and sustained this impressive status—New Hampshire and Delaware. Best Friend’s has a vision and a goal of achieving 100% “No Kill” for all brick-and-mortar shelters by 2025.
Although most of the workshops were focused on shelters and the work they are doing, there is a lot we can do as a Rescue to support the efforts of Best Friends and shelters across our state and country. NRGRR submitted the documentation to become a member of the Best Friends Network and was accepted in less than 24 hours! We are thrilled!

Why become a Best Friends Network Partner and what does this mean? As a Best Friends Network Partner, NRGRR will join the public and private shelters, rescues spay/neuter programs, and animal welfare groups across all 50 states in a collaborative effort to improve the lives of animals is our care. We will be part of the mission –“Together we will Save Them All!” As a Partner we also will enjoy the benefits of professional resources and mentorship opportunities to achieve organizational goals and increase lifesaving impact. We will participate in major fundraising events such as the nationwide STRUTT YOUR MUTT each Fall.
NRGRR is now a partner of CARS
CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps thousands of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada increase their fundraising and acquire new contributors through turn-key vehicle and real estate donation programs. Since 2003, CARS has returned more than $300 million to their partners! Click here to learn more about CARS.
We have all heard or seen the advertising by nonprofits to donate your car to charity. CARS accepts all vehicles (running or not) including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, and most other motorized vehicles. CARS also has a real estate donation program.

At the Best Friends National Conference, NRGRR representatives had the opportunity to meet the representatives from CARS as well as the staff of many fellow animal welfare nonprofits who are CARS partners. The absolute consensus was that the car donation program is an easy, no work way for NRGRR to receive another donation opportunity. CARS does all the work – receives the call about a donation, works with the donor on a pick-up time, does all the title transfer and legal documentation processing, sells the vehicle, thanks the donor, and gives the donor the required IRS donation receipt and deposits the proceeds to NRGRR. CARS keeps a portion of the funds, but the charity receives the majority of the proceeds to do the work of rescue.
We are excited about this new partnership! Please join us in letting all your friends and family know about the newest NRGRR donation opportunity.
Help Support Animals in the Ukraine
The invasion of Ukraine has left many animals homeless and in need of food and shelter. One of our NRGRR volunteers has made contact with a Ukrainian woman in Reidsville who, with her animal rescue, Fine Whine and Lickers, is helping the animals of Ukraine. Galyna Karpenski, the founder of this rescue is originally from the Ukraine.

Monies donated are used to purchase supplies in Poland, such as crates and food. The supplies are then transported into Ukraine to help abandoned pets and stray animals. Galyna’s rescue is working hard to help animals in the Ukraine, but they need help! If you are interested in supporting their efforts check out Fine Whine and Lickers website and Gail Karpenski and Ukrainians in the Carolinas Facebook pages.
Support NRGRR
Go to and choose Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue as your charity. Click on Supporting: just below the search bar to add or update your charity.

When shopping online, make sure to navigate to first to ensure NRGRR receives the donation.

Make sure to continue your support for NRGRR. If you use the Amazon app, you must renew your charity each year.
You can now support NRGRR by purchasing much needed items from our Amazon wishlist. These items will be put to good use by our foster dogs as they go through rehab.
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NRGRR is a 501(c)(3) organization in North Carolina that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of Golden Retrievers in need. The organization advocates responsible pet ownership, community education, and protection of all dogs.