Nora Tucker                                                                 Barbara Standing
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Fundraiser for Real Good Dog Rescue
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tower Center, 33rd floor of Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave.
$20 admission in advance at and at the door


July 14, 2014, Memphis, TN – Dog lovers and live music fans will come together to raise money for Real Good Dog Rescue on Wednesday, August 20.  The Real Good Party will take place on the 33rd floor of Clark Tower at the Tower Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening of music features Good Company Trio, Hank and Nora, Chuck and Nora are Retroactive, and Judith Johnstone.  Handmade and vintage jewelry and original art will be for sale with a percentage going to the rescue.  Silent auction items are being donated by businesses and individual supporters.  The $20 ticket price includes an appetizer buffet and sweet bites by Wade and Company Catering, and a cash bar with Happy Hour drink prices.

“All of my musical partners agreed to donate their talents for a night of music.  John Albertson, multi-instrumentalist for Good Company Trio, offered to provide the sound system for the night free of charge,” said Tucker, co-organizer of the event.

  • Good Company Trio is John Albertson on guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals, John Chambliss on upright bass, and Nora Tucker on guitar and vocals.  At the Tower Center Lounge every second Wednesday of the month, they mix jazzy New Orleans funk ballad folk country rock favs.
  • Hank and Nora is Hank Sable on guitar and vocals, and Nora Tucker on guitar and vocals, featuring classic folk, country and Hank originals.
  • Chuck and Nora are Retroactive is a new project of soulful duets by Chuck Parr and Tucker.
  • Judith Johnstone is a composer, guitarist and singer who recently produced a CD with Jack Holder titled Of Dragons.

Barbara Standing co-organizer of the event and president of the new non-profit, Pet Sector, is also a jewelry maker.  “I will be selling my fun jewelry, some of it pet-themed, and donate a percentage of sales to Real Good Dog Rescue,” said Standing.  “Chuck Parr will offer vintage items and Sandra Phelps creates adorable pet portraits.”

Tucker knows Real Good Dog Rescue well.  “The poster of their adoptable dogs hangs in the entry of my vet, Utopia Animal Hospital. I see Lisa Trenthem bringing in mostly small breed dogs for vetting there all the time.  When I found a small dog on Poplar Avenue, Lisa agreed to take her to be fully vetted. ” Molly, the terrier mix, has since found a home in the Tucker pack.

Lisa Trenthem started Real Good Dog Rescue in 2004.  She and all of the staff are volunteers. There is no physical location, so volunteers stay busy finding foster homes, taking dogs to weekly adoption days for potential owners to meet, and managing negotiations for adoption.  Their success is very impressive:

  • Since July 1, 2013, 350 dogs have been adopted through Real Good Dog Rescue
  • There are currently 60 dogs on the roster
  • They host one to three adoption events every weekend.  Some of the dogs can be seen at the Downtown Farmer’s Market once a month, and at Hollywood Feed stores on Saturdays and Sundays.  Dog profiles and adoption event schedules are listed at
  • Adoption fees cover about 90% of the vetting, but other complications including heartworm and other injuries make those costs soar.

“I don’t do this rescue alone.  It takes several key people and currently 19 foster homes,” says Trenthem.  Volunteer Cindy Russell manages the web site, marketing, adoption set up, and all things technical; she is assisted by Alicia Dorsey who also does our photography.  Mary Burrows and Julie Russnogle do creative photography/design and videos.  Don and Marion Jones are a couple who volunteer together to move animals/equipment weekly to events.  Our foster parents are so hard working and so important!  And we have a network of shelter-based volunteers who connect with me to move animals out of kill shelters and into rescue.”

“We are always looking for committed foster homes.  The more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save,” explained Trenthem.  Foster volunteers provide the food, trips to the vet, and participate in at least two adoption events per month. The rescue covers the costs of all vetting and medications including heartworm and flea preventative.

Dr. Jennifer Clay of Utopia Animal Hospital is the vet for RDGR.  “I have been so glad to partner with Real Good Dog rescue over the last six years’, says Dr. Jen.  “We are glad we can help them treat their animals and Lisa kindly refers us wonderful clients.  I am in awe of the number of dogs Lisa and her team re-home each year.  I am glad we can be a part of it.”

Tucker knows attendees of the event will be thrilled with the location. “This breathtaking space has an indescribable view of the city.  The food and hospitality of the Tower Center is always wonderful. They are donating the space, set up, the appetizer buffet and sweets table for the evening.  We couldn’t have found a better spot for a party.”

Along with Tower Center/Wade and Company Catering, the event sponsors include Utopia Animal Hospital that provides vetting for Real Good Dog Rescue, Hollywood Feed Stores that host the weekly pet adoption events, Pet Sector a non-profit organization that provides pet wellbeing education, and Signature Advertising.  Artwork is donated by Monty Shane and sound is donated by John Albertson.  All of the musicians are donating their time:  John Albertson, John Chambliss, Nora Tucker, Hank Sable, Chuck Parr and Judith Johnstone.





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