Author Donates Books to Benefit Benzie Animal Shelter


Illinois-based writer, Tracy Ahrens is donating her kids’s e book, Sammy Sparrow’s First Light, to the Benzie County Animal Shelter in her uncle’s honor.

Her uncle, Art Lezotte, was keen on animals and was a supporter of the shelter. He died in April from most cancers.

I drove 300 miles straight and I was hoping to go in and see him on hospice care, but I was not allowed,” says Ahrens. “I did not get to say goodbye. So I wrote him a letter and I had a nurse read it to him. In that letter I mentioned to him that I was going to try and do something like this in his honor.” 

The books can be found on the Benzie County Animal Shelter for $10. All proceeds will go to the shelter.


Lezotte donated meals and cash to the shelter since transferring to the world from Illinois. He drove a faculty bus for a number of years in Benzie County and round Beulah. He additionally labored at a ironmongery store in Frankfort.


“He always loved to donate to the shelter,” says Ahrens. “He did so over the years to the Benzie shelter when he lived up there. And he did when he was down here. I felt like maybe it could keep his legacy in a way going forward and helping the animals.”


Lezotte additionally adopted many canines from the shelter. His current pet, Buddy, additionally died this 12 months from outdated age.

“He also left a donation after he passed away in his will for the shelter and all his memorials. The donations were made to the shelter, so it’s something very close to his heart, and I just felt like maybe I could also branch out helping that shelter,” says Ahrens.

Ahrens would really like to go to the world, subsequent 12 months, to signal books on the shelter.