’43 Friends

We all know that Pittsburgh has been named one of the country’s most up-and-coming cities. So, to celebrate the success of our hometown and to honor Animal Friends’ historic founding in 1943, ’43 Friends was created. This program engages philanthropic Pittsburghers who love animals, have a passion for animal welfare and want to support Animal Friends’ mission.

These compassionate people come with a myriad of community work and professional accomplishments, while sharing one very important trait: they are incredible animal lovers. And, through their hard work (and help of the pets who inspire them!) they’re making our region a better place for our four-legged friends.

From May through September, these passionate supporters will serve as ambassadors for Animal Friends throughout the region by hosting events, spreading the good word about Animal Friends’ work and raising critical funds.

The ’43 Friends participants will commit to raising at least $2,500 as an Individual, $3,500 as a Team of Two and $7,500 as a Family Team.

2019 Campaign Chair

Jim Krenn

This funny guy has held Animal Friends near and dear to his heart for decades. A hometown boy with friends – human and animal alike – all over this city, and we’re proud to announce him as our Chair for this year’s class of ’43 Friends.

Jim made his mark as Pittsburgh’s morning king where his characters and comedy remained a Pittsburgh staple on the air waves for 25 years.

Jim has recently become a greeting card writer for Yinzer Cards. Along with his good friends, Larry Ritchert, Dick Roberts and Rob Rogers, Yinzer greeting cards for all occasions were created. The messages are centered around Pittsburgh pride and, of course, laced with Krenn’s humor and Rob Rogers art work in each card. Yinzer Cards can be found in most Giant Eagles – and all proceeds benefit Animal Friends.

From podcast host and social media influencer to actor and stand-up comedian, he never fails to make our city laugh. He’s one of Pittsburgh’s most acclaimed, recognizable and beloved entertainers … and we could not be more thrilled to call him one of our closest friends.

Complete Your Commitment Form

Individual Team of Two Family Team

For more information, please contact Stefania Romoff at StefaniaRomoff@gmail.com or 412.847.7095.