Lacey’s Fund Raffle
Your chance to win one of four paintings, by Bruno. The proceeds of this raffle will be used to fund the cancer treatments for K9 Argus. Any additional funds will be used to assist in the various medical expenses for our other retired K9 teams. Each painting will be raffled as a separate prize.
You are purchasing a digital raffle ticket. Upon purchase, your "ticket" will be marked for the painting(s) you chose and four winners will be chosen.
Painting A - 40" X 30" (Large painting with green and yellow): $25 each
Painting B - 20" X 16" (Painting with red and purple): $10 each
Painting C - 20" X 16" (Painting with blue): $10 each
Painting D - 11.5" X 9.5" (Painting of stars in a glass front frame): $5 each
All paintings: $40 each
Shipping: VPCA will cover the first $25 worth of shipping for prize winners. All additional shipping costs will be the responsibility of the winner. Local winners can choose to pick up the paintings locally.
These paintings were donated by the artist to raise funds for cancer treatments for K9 Argus. K9 Argus retired from the Vermont State Police after dedicating a decade to protecting our community. In his time working, K9 Argus was the first K9 officially assigned to a State Police Tactical Team in New England. His dedication and bravery served our state and surrounding states well. K9 Argus was involved in numerous high risk apprehensions and situations, including being utilized for tracking in the Dannemora escapes. K9 Argus retired from duty and shortly thereafter had to undergo emergency surgery for a blockage. After surgery, K9 Argus was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment, and is tolerating the chemo very well. Because K9 Argus is retired, these medical expenses would fall to the K9 handler to cover. Through the Vermont Police Canine Association, we have a separate fund, Lacey’s Fund, that covers these medical expenses for our retired K9 teams.
These paintings are of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. The colors depicted in these paintings represent different branches of emergency service. The yellow represents our Emergency Communications Operators, who are the first people to take calls for service and offer assistance to callers until other responders are on scene. They are oftentimes working with several callers to gather information and relay vital information to responding units. The blues, greens, and reds represent the men and women of the Vermont State Police, Law Enforcement Officers, and the Firefighters who respond to these calls for service. These brave individuals never run from danger, but rather run into it. These are the people who risk their lives every day to keep us all safe.
Also depicted in these paintings are the constellations Canis Minor, Canis Major, Lepus, and Orion. These constellations show that service animals have been utilized by humans for centuries, and they work to assist in whatever task is asked of them. History has shown that we have relied on service canines in the police, medical, fire, and military fields. The final painting (framed painting) is of two Wolf-Rayet stars, titled “Mother of Dogs”.
Today we utilized service animals in far more ways than we used to. Service animals are still used for police, search and rescue, and military reasons, but they are also used for therapeutic measures and even medical assistance. The common theme among the widely various uses of service animals is service. These animals are loyal, brave, and committed to assisting their handler.