Tilden boy gets national award for raising $28K for animal shelter

A northeast Nebraska boy with a knack for fundraising will get national recognition in New York City next week.
Six-year-old Stevie Nelson of Tilden collected more than $28,000 for a new animal shelter for the Northeast Nebraska Humane Society.
Stevie’s mom, Dawn Nelson, says their two dogs disappeared a year ago and Stevie told people instead of gifts for his birthday, he wanted donations for the shelter.
“That was heartbreaking for us and it’s still heartbreaking but we’re very thankful for everyone who has supported him and spread the word of his desire to help more animals in northeast Nebraska,” Nelson says. “Now he’s having the opportunity to help animals nationally as well for the organization that inspired him to have the fundraiser in the first place.”
Stevie is one of seven people — and animals — nationally who will be recognized at the ASPCA’s 2011 Humane Awards Luncheon next week in New York.
He’ll be presented with the agency’s “Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year” award — named in honor of a nine-year-old New York boy who died in 2007 trying to save his dog in house fire.
Nelson says, “Stevie actually had a producer and a videographer come out here from New York City and they will give a background of his story as to why he’s doing this.”
The boy’s initial goal was to raise $6,000 for the shelter, but the donations continued to pour in and have more than quadrupled the target.
Stevie got the idea for the fundraiser after seeing an ASPCA commercial on television shortly after his two dogs went missing days before his fifth birthday.
Jim Curry, WJAG, Norfolk