UPDATE: Atlanta woman turning 30, raising $30,000 for homeless animals

When last we met Neely Conway in early June, she was definitely not pouting about being on the brink of turning 30.
Instead, the Virginia-Highland resident was throwing herself whole, um, hog into a personal campaign to raise $30,000 for local animal shelters.
Of course, the “brink” is much closer now — Conway hits the big 3-0 on July 27. Then again, so’s that ambitious fundraising goal. And later this week, the aptly named Lost Dog Tavern in Buckhead will join in to help push her over the top.
On Thursday from 7 p.m to midnight, the popular Roswell Road establishment will donate 30 percent of all proceeds to Conway’s “30thousand by 30” project. You can read more here about Conway, a native Atlantan and dedicated shelter volunteer who has two dogs of her own and a rotating cast of pooches she fosters with her husband, Joe.
The campaign, which you can also donate to at www.30thousandby30.com, benefits LifeLine Animal Project, the nonprofit that three years ago took over the management of Fulton County Animal Services and DeKalb County Animal Services. A similar benefit held in June at J & J Bourbon Bar & Grill on North Highland Avenue brought in close to $2,000. In just over two months, in fact, Conway has raised more than two-thirds of the total that will likely go toward updating and expanding the shelters.

When she officially launched her effort on April 27, Conway realized she’d have to raise an average of $333 a day to make her goal.
“The math seemed daunting,” she later recalled. “But it didn’t seem crazy.”
And it’s definitely better than pouting.
For more information about Lost Dog Tavern’s “30k by 30 Thirsty Thursday” event, visit their Facebook page.