The Brix Challenge 2022

“The Brix Challenge 2022”

A “NON-event” fundraiser for
The Humane Society of McDonough County

..NO planning, NO conflicts, NO problems; yet the BIGGEST event to raise funds for the ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS of the HSMC and the easiest way to be a part of saving lives and helping animals in need

Once again Chris Brix is challenging our community to raise the most funds yet for the animals needing assistance in our county. He will match $1,000.00 in donations received between now and October 31, 2022. ANY AMOUNT will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

ALL DONATIONS received will support the important initiatives of the HSMC and will directly help animals in need in McDonough County. This year’s goal is $20,000. We know we can reach it with your support.

The Brix Challenge:

  • designates 100% of the funds raised for the HSMC’s ANNUAL OPERATIONAL COSTS (Brix Challenge funds are completely separate from those for the “new shelter campaign”)
  • is the LARGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER for the HSMC’s annual operating costs
  • allows YOU to SEE your gifts at work helping animals through the HSMC’s hard work to PROVIDE MANY ONGOING SERVICES TO ANIMALS & THEIR FAMILIES

Please send your tax-deductible donations to:

The Brix Challenge
Humane Society of McDonough County
PO Box 7
Macomb IL 61455

You may also use Venmo @HumaneSocietyofMcDonoughCounty, or the PayPal option on the Humane Society website at

Thank you for your support. Together we can do so much!


Click here to download The Brix Challenge 2022 Press Release

Wine Sellers’ Play It Forward to Support HSMC

Play It Forward

We are so pleased that The Wine Sellers in Macomb and local musicians are supporting the Humane Society of McDonough County with all tips going to the HSMC New Animal Shelter Building Campaign. This wonderful event will be held on Saturday, September 10, starting at noon. We hope to see you there!

Music features local favorites:
12:00 Mike Murphy
1:00 Hincks & Marcott
2:00 King Neptune
3:00 Dennis Devolder
4:00 EastEnders
5:00 Shawn Griffith
6:00 Painted Dogs
7:00 George Turner
8:00 John Heasley
9:00 Bill Maakestad


CatTails at Yappy Hour Fundraiser a Success!

CatTails at Yappy Hour Fundraiser a Success


After a two-year absence due to Covid, the Humane Society of McDonough County’s former
Wine, Whiskers, & Whimsy fundraiser returned better than ever under the new name of CatTails
at Yappy Hour. During the two-hour event in June, the HSMC hosted 100 guests who enjoyed
conversation, live music by Mike Murphy, hors d’oeurves, a wine pull, basket raffle, and silent

We are excited to announce that we raised over $11,000 at CatTails at Yappy Hour! The HSMC
is a 100% volunteer organization. All proceeds from this event go directly to helping the animals
of our county through our programs, which include low-cost spay/neuter, foster/adoption/rescue
sponsorship, shelter medical assistance, pet food pantry, and Angel Fund.

CatTails at Yappy Hour was successful because of our volunteers, attendees, and the wonderful
businesses and community members who graciously donated to our event. Please help us in
thanking them for their contribution!


  • Laverdiere Construction
  • Kunes Auto Group
  • Matthew Glaser Agency/American Family Insurance
  • Citizens National Bank
  • Pumo Insurance Agency
  • Sodexo
  • Dawg Haus
  • Western Illinois Natural Medicine
  • Alan Thompson State Farm Insurance
  • Billy’s Furniture
  • Bushnell Veterinary Service
  • CATO
  • Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Homes
  • Farmers & Merchant State Bank
  • Bushnell First Bankers Trust
  • Max and Shelley Kreps
  • Dr. Matthew McClure, DMD
  • No Place Like Home
  • Royal Printing
  • RWE Renewables Americas
  • Sue’s Ride Share
  • United Community Bank
  • West Side Lumber Company
  • DePoy Auto Services

Silent Auction Donors:

  • abcdecluttering/Elisa Rasmussen
  • All Pets Veterinary Clinic
  • American Legion Post #6
  • Arnold Brothers Heating and Cooling
  • Beth Jameson
  • Bill and Lynn Jacobs
  • Bill Maakestad and Jean Wolf
  • Brandon Dowacter, LMT Massage Therapist
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Bushnell Locker Service
  • Candy Lane Floral & Gifts
  • Captured Moments Photography
  • Catch a Star Learning Center/Kimberly & Kirk Hare
  • Chicago Bears
  • Chubby’s
  • CMK Jewelers
  • Community News & Market
  • The Crafty Coop
  • Discount Furniture
  • Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home
  • The Full Scoop
  • Fun City Resort
  • Gayle Carper
  • Gold Hills Golf Course
  • Gossel’s Dog House
  • The Grill on Market Street
  • Grounds and Hounds Coffee
  • Hart’s Nursery
  • Head to Tail Grooming
  • Highway Family Restaurant, Bushnell
  • Hy Vee Liquor
  • Iron Spike Brewing Co.
  • Judy Eckerly
  • Kathy Chambers
  • Kathy Veroni and Kathy Orban
  • Kathy Waters
  • Kay Crain
  • Kelly Butterfield and Lt. Dan
  • Kenny & Anne Meyer/Meyer Investment Properties
  • Krista Skien Photography
  • Linda Cummings Macomb Country Club
  • Macomb Park District
  • Market Alley Wines
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Nelson’s Clothing Store
  • No Place Like Home
  • Nostalgia Décor and Gifts
  • The Old Dairy
  • Pancheros Mexican Grill, Burlington
  • Par-a-Dice Casino and Hotel
  • Paws ‘n Claws
  • Peoria Chiefs
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • Pizza House, Galesburg
  • Plum Relaxing – Krista Mustain-Davis, LMT
  • Princess Shoppe
  • Rosy’s Pizza, Bushnell
  • Scott Conlin
  • Skip Skripps
  • Spirit Hollow Golf Course
  • Sports Corner @ 124
  • Springdale Farmhouse
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Sweetbriar Corner Market
  • Tink’s Café
  • Twin Oaks Golf and Country Club
  • The Wine Sellers
  • WIU Bookstore
  • WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course
  • Your CBD Store



Mazi was with Lars for one week short of a year. We pulled her from the shelter in April of 2020 as a frantic and scared dog and placed her in foster care with Lars at Gossel’s Dog House.  Mazi is now a member of Angie’s family and is content and loved in her forever home with human, canine, and feline friends.

“It took a little for her to become a dog again.  After that the humans needed to understand her history.   I can’t begin to describe how I feel and how thankful I am to this family for giving her a chance!” Lars commented after Mazi’s adoption.

Mazikeen was the fifth dog that Lars helped us with by providing foster care and training.  We so appreciate his commitment to helping scared or out-of-control dogs find their “best self” by gaining the trust, self-confidence, and manners they so need.


Notice of HSMC Annual Board Election 2022

HSMC Annual Board Election American Legion Macomb

Date: Monday, January 3, 2022 Time: 6 pm


Per Article IV, Section 7, this is notification of the slate of positions along with current nominees.  Nominees will be voted on at the Annual Board Election pursuant to Article V, Section 3.  Pursuant to Article V, Section 4: The Members of the Board of Directors can consist of up to 15 members.  HSMC members are encouraged to participate in the operation of this organization.  Please consider attending board meetings and donating your time and talents to the running of this organization.

Director:  Open to HSMC members interested in helping the animals of McDonough County by donating their time and talents to shaping the future of this organization. The purpose of this Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.

Slate of Nominees for 2022

Article V, Section 2: Only HSMC Members are eligible for election as Directors.  No individual shall derive monetary benefit of any kind from being a director.  Currently there are 13 nominees.

Board Positions                        Nominees to Date

Officer/President                           Bonnie Smith-Skripps

Officer/Vice President                   Bill Johnson

Officer/Treasurer                           Terri Hare

Officer/Secretary                            Kate Shattuck

Director                                             Sue Adams

Director                                             Amy Betz

Director                                             JB Biernbaum

Director                                             Felix Chu

Director                                             Patti Douglas

Director                                             Max Kreps

Director                                             Dave Monninger

Director                                             Ann Stites

Director                                             Jennifer Tibbitts

Director                                             Open

Director                                              Open


Humane Society of McDonough County
P.O. Box 7
Macomb, IL  61455

The Brix Challenge 2021 Results

The Brix Challenge 2021 shows strong community support for
The Humane Society of McDonough


Once again amazing community support of The Brix Challenge made this fundraiser a huge success for the Humane Society of McDonough County. That means great things for many animals in need, as well. This is the eighth year animal-lovers in our area rose to our good friend Chris Brix’ challenge to raise as many funds possible for the important work of the HSMC from late September through the end of October.  Chris’ personal pledge of $1,000 got the challenge started again this year and, once again, his idea was met with tremendous community support.  This year’s Brix Challenge raised an amazing $18,543.00 for the HSMC’s annual operating costs.  All of the funds raised will be used directly to help the animals we all care so much about.

Our regional print, radio and television media helped us reach a large number of people again this year. With their support, that of members and friends, local businesses, mailings, social media and word of mouth, The Brix Challenge caught fire once again.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in The Brix Challenge 2021. It’s difficult to express how much that kindness is appreciated or to explain the positive effect it will directly have on the animals whose lives it will touch.  To everyone who became a part of this challenge, our most sincere thanks.

The ongoing work of providing for animals in need requires significant funds and energy.  The Brix Challenge is the only challenge raising funds specifically for the extensive yearly operational expenses of the HSMC.  We have also made a commitment to raise the substantial sum needed for a new McDonough County Animal Shelter to replace the current facility, which was built in the 1980’s and is in need of being replaced.  The new building is estimated to cost over $1,000,000.00.  The “Shelter Campaign” fundraising endeavors are separate from the annual operating budget crucial to maintain the HSMC’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

The generosity of Chris Brix and those who participated in this year’s Brix Challenge will make the world a better place for many animals in McDonough County. HSMC members work tirelessly on a daily basis to continue and expand its programs and initiatives.  A few of those proudly include:

1) PROMOTING ADOPTIONS of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter via weekly posters, social media, news outlets and sponsorship; promoting adoptions of hard to place animals through reduced adoption fees and/or medical intervention, for example.

2) SPONSORSHIP AND FOSTER of those animals that don’t get adopted from the McDonough County Animal Shelter by moving those animals whose time is running out at the shelter into foster homes where they can live in a family and enjoy socialization while awaiting their forever home.

3) REDUCING OVERPOPULATION through two separate spay/neuter programs.  One serves to promote adoption of animals at the shelter by subsidizing the cost of altering animals adopted from the shelter.  The other is a partnership with the Quincy Humane Society that provides transportation and spay/neuter for barn/feral cats at no cost to the caretaker.  If space is available companion dogs and cats may take advantage of this for a nominal fee.

4) PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE to shelter and county animals in emergency situations through the discretionary use of our long-standing “Angel Fund.”

5) HELPING KEEP ANIMALS IN THEIR HOMES and with their families when they meet with financial distress via the Pet Food Pantry and through discretionary use of the “Angel Fund.”

The Humane Society of McDonough County is an all-volunteer organization, 100% dependent on donations and gifts.  Our vision is to provide humane care and treatment for all animals in McDonough County. While much of our work supports the McDonough County Animal Shelter and the animals there, we function as a separate entity from the county-administered shelter.  All contributions to the HSMC go entirely toward improving the lives of animals in our community and those at the county animal shelter.

We sincerely thank everyone who supported The Brix Challenge this year and for the confidence shown for the hard work of the HSMC.  Your choice to be a part of the Brix Challenge 2021 will make a significant difference for the animals whose lives will be touched by your thoughtfulness.  Together we can do so much.