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6-year-old Zen masters the art of fundraising

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Zen Wilczek shows the money he raised this weekend to help care for animals at the Humane Society of Ventura County.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Six-year-old Zen Wilczek raised $458 for the Humane Society of Ventura County Aug. 7, during a fundraiser he organized with help from his mom, Natascha Wilczek, and fellow Ojai community members.

Zen and Natascha collected the money during one busy afternoon at a fundraising table outside the Vons on Maricopa Highway.

“Zen and I have been regulars at the animal shelter for the past year due to his desire to spend time with the animals,” Natascha explained. "Although he is too young to volunteer, he has proven himself as a wonderful friend to many of the animals, especially the cats.”

A few weeks ago, Zen asked how he could save “$100 or $1,000” to donate to the Humane Society and the idea for a fundraiser was born.

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