The game raised $1.5 million and 24,959 tickets were sold, according to a press release from the organizers. Spokesperson Meredith Raimondi told CNN that the 2016 game raised around $500,000 and sold about 10,000 tickets.
After spending her entire post-undergraduate career working for Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Meredith Raimondi has been named director in the office of the chairman at the National Endowment for the Arts.
When named to the Hill's 50 Most Beautiful list in 2014, the Minnesota native took the opportunity to share about her love of rescue dogs and her then-position as a director of Washington-based City Dogs Rescue.
As thousands of Booster t-shirt campaigns have been run to raise awareness and funds for animal welfare organizations across the U.S., a fundraiser coordinated with help from Meredith Raimondi appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of Animal Sheltering— HSUS’s official publication, and the premier magazine for anyone in the animal sheltering and rescue field — humane societies, rescues, fosters, volunteers, shelter vets, animal control officers, others.
Each year, The Hill releases a list of 50 notable individuals in the world of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In 2014, Meredith Raimondi was chosen by readers who voted for on thehill.com and its Facebook page for its first-ever Social Media Reader's Choice category. Raimondi was undoubtedly selected due to her vast social network, her dedicated volunteerism and for being the first-ever winner to be photographed with a pet.
"[Meredith Raimondi's] involvement expanded the group’s social media presence exponentially, her co-directors say. “We have a strong Facebook presence now. The alumni page [for those who have adopted or fostered in the past] is really popular; when Meredith came on board, we had 200 likes, and we now have 13,000 in two and a half years. It’s pretty crazy."
As Communications Director for City Dogs Rescue, Meredith Raimondi secured placement on Good Morning America's Open Mike segment for 9-year old volunteer Ethan Katz. This incredible 9-year-old ended up orchestrating over $25,000 in donations to the nonprofit largely generated with social media and national press coverage of the story.
The Washingtonian magazine published a feature article "How Facebook Saved 700 Dogs", which credits the Facebook page, led by volunteer Communications Director Meredith Raimondi, with contributing to the rescue of over 700 dogs.