I wasn’t able to attend last year’s Gala Fund Raising Dinner and so I made sure I attended this year’s event. I sincerely hope they raised a lot of money. The Honoree was Jill Rappaport, NBC’s Today Correspondent and award winning animal advocate.
A cocktail hour featuring a silent auction, beautiful piano music by Jiyang Chen, a concert pianist, adjunct professor at New York University and fashion photographer set the stage beautifully with tranquil, classical music. The dinner event went flawlessly with Jill Rappaport speaking to the dinner attendees, and auctioning off one of her books. She is a great raconteur, and the auctioneer did an astounding job also. It was a great evening- especially since people were allowed to bring their small pets! There was so much food, that a lovely lady at our table asked that the meats be packaged and she was going to give them to an employee at the shelter for the pooches breakfast this am! GREAT idea!
There was the sad slide-show but GREAT slide show for it demonstrated how successful the shelter is at helping these neglected pets that are found abandoned on the streets starved and worse. A very touching moment at the event (for me) was Mr. Neil Gallo who, after wining a prize valued at $1355 ( A Baker’s Dozen dine a round at some of our great restaurants in the area) donated it to Dana Rocco, Shelter Manager.
It was a great evening – The no-kill shelter services 19 communities, and fund raising events like this are integral to their continual shelter success.
New Rochelle is GREAT!