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The author donates books for the benefit of Benzie Animal Shelter

Illinois-based author Tracy Ahrens donates her children’s book, Sammy Sparrow’s First Light, to the Benzie County Animal Shelter in honor of his uncle.

Her uncle, Art Lezotte, loved animals and was a supporter of the shelter. He died in April of cancer.


I drove 300 kilometers straight ahead and I hoped to come in and see him at the hospice, but I was not allowed to, ”says Ahrens. “I did not say goodbye. So I wrote a letter to him and I got a nurse to read it to him. In that letter, I mentioned to him that I would try to do such a thing in his honor.”

The books are available at the Benzie County Animal Shelter for $ 10. All proceeds go to the shelter.


Lezotte donated food and money to the shelter since moving to the Illinois area. He drove the school bus for several years in Benzie County and around Beulah. He also worked in a DIY store in Frankfort.

“He’s always loved donating to the shelter,” says Ahrens. “He did that over the years to the Benzie Shelter when he lived up there. And he did that when he was down here. I felt it might preserve his legacy in a way going forward and help the animals.”


Lezotte also adopted many dogs from the shelter. His recent pet, Buddy, also died this year of old age.

“He also left a donation, after he died, in his will to the shelter and all his memorials. The donations are given to the shelter, so it’s something that is very close to his heart, and I just felt that I might be able to branch out as well. me to help that shelter, ”says Ahrens.

Ahrens would like to visit the area next year to sign books at the shelter.

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