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Good Mews in Running for $50k Video

A local production company is running a contest to provide a deserving nonprofit with a professional video.

Good Mews, the Cobb area no-kill cat shelter, needs your help in a competition that could earn the nonprofit a $50,000 professionally produced video.

Atlanta production house Encylcomedia is offering to produce a video for one of three worthy nonprofit organizations that garner the most votes in an online poll.

A Good Mews volunteer noticed the contest and the shelter quickly became one of 27 nonprofits competing for the top three spots in the voting. 

Winning the contest is crucial for Good Mews, which is looking for avenues to finance the renovations of building planned to be used as their new cat shelter starting next year. The shelter will be twice as large as the current facility and allow Good Mews to house more cats, which will take pressure off county animal shelters. 

"We have to to move into the new building next year," said Nancy Riley of Good Mews. "We have to pay for essentials like heating and cooling, sewer work, and putting a new roof on."

In order to shoulder the costs of the renovation, Good Mews is hoping to attract sponsorships from local businesses. The businesses would be able to put their names on rooms in the shelter, among other services.

Good Mews believes that a professional video would be the key part of a sponsorship package that would entice local businesses to buy into the shelter's new dreams.

The concept of the video, titled "A Night at the Cat Shelter," would use night vision technology to show how the Good Mews cats spend their evening time. The video would also carry important messages, such as the need for spaying and neutering cats to slow the rampant growth of the local cat population.

"We have a clear purpose in mind as to what we want to do with the movie," Riley said. "Many of the other contestants haven't elaborated on their plans."

Riley hopes this firm vision will give Good Mews the edge when they enter the final three, but they need your help to get there! Each person may only vote once for the nonprofit they feel is most deserving.

"We have no idea how well we're doing,"  Riley said.

Voting will run for the remainder of the month, with the final winner being chosen on Aug. 25.

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