Boy's concern for neglected animals prompts fundraising effort

WARRENSBURG - An 11-year-old boy who's an accomplished go-kart racer has a strong love of animals.

But he's also got a big heart - which prompted him to accomplish something unusual for his age.

After watching television commercials depicting neglected animals, Lane Saville was troubled, and he talked with his mother Kirsten about his concerns.

She replied by asking Lane a question.

"Is there anything you want to do to help out?" she said.

Lane answered with action.

He planned and conducted a fundraiser for the area SPCA, holding it in February at the Uno Chicago Grill in Queensbury -to raise money to pay for food and shelter for neglected animals.

At the event, Lane explained how he was moved to raise well over $600 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Everybody forgets about the animals and what they need," he said, noting that he loves his two cats at home that were adopted from the SPCA. "Animals don't have voices of their own, so we all have to look out after them."

Lane and his parents Kirsten and Kelly contacted businesses, who donated goods and services for a silent auction held at the Uno fundraiser. Businesses donated everything from chain saw accessories to a pearl necklace to boiler repair or basement waterproofing work.

Uno Chicago Grill donated a portion of their revenue from the dinners served to Lane's charity.

Deejay John Gelheiser of South Glens Falls conducted a trivia contest while movies of Lane's racing victories played on a screen on the restaurant's back wall.

Truman, the dragon character representing Denton Publication's Kidsville News, greeted children attending the fundraiser.

Kidsville News Publisher Gail Alexander said at the event that Denton Publications applauds children who not only care, but those who go further and and take action to help others.

For those who wish to boost Lane's charitable effort, CD's of his racing action are available through his website, www.99savilleracing.com.

Kirsten Saville said Lane is planning to make his fundraiser an annual event.

"Lane's got a very kind heart," she said. "I hope that every year, this fundraiser gets bigger and better than ever."

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