Woofstock - The 2006 GRRI
Woofstock came to North Branch park on
September 30, and people and dogs enjoyed a day filled
with food, games, competition, and friendship at GRRI’s
annual reunion. Dogs and people alike were showing off their
favorite tie-dyed fashions, and the threatening skies held
off long enough for everyone to have a wonderful day.
Let the games begin!
Ralphie and Scotty DiLemmo
getting ready to compete
The annual reunion is our opportunity
to bring together volunteers, adopters, and of course all of
the dogs that have touched our hearts over the years. Since
GRRI conducts much of its business through email, it is a
terrific opportunity to put faces to familiar email
addresses, as well as reunite with many of the dogs that
have been part of our program. We also raise money to
support our programs by selling merchandise and raffling
beautiful items donated by our volunteers and supporters.
Pat DeSarno, Michele Masone, and Carolyn Decina
in the fashion of the day
Once again this year, there was fierce
competition in a variety of games. Allie Decina walked away
the winner in this year’s costume contest, with Carmen
Andersen taking second place and 15-year-old Jake Rotunno
placing third. The hot dog toss is an annual crowd favorite,
and the dogs seem pretty happy to play as well! This year
Keara McLaughlin was the champ (with the expert assistance
of her pals Matt and Chris McLaughlin), with Scotty DiLemmo
and Jake Girvan taking second and third respectively.
In the musical hoola-hoops context, Carmen Andersen was the
last one sitting and won, with Scotty DiLemmo in second and
Sandy Johnson in third place. Betty Mihansky and Amber
slobbered their way to first place in the kissing contest,
with strong competition from the Veiga family, as Matt and
Finnie kissed their way into a tie for second with brother
Erik and foster dog Maggie. We all enjoyed the amazing dog
tricks as well as the impromptu displays of incredible
talents by dogs, adopters, and volunteers alike!
Kay DiTolla and Bailey
Linda, Rich, and Sparky Walter smile for Jeanne
Shutterbugs didn’t know where to turn
next! – whether it was the goofy costumes (or goofy
people!), there were plenty of great pictures to be had.
GRRI’s Jeanne Urna once again donated her professional
talents to take wonderful portraits of the attendees,
raising money for GRRI in the process. Jeanne’s beautiful
pictures of our day together can be seen at
Ted and Linda Byram with Bailey & Sonnie
The day wouldn’t have been possible
without the hard work of the volunteers who got the food,
set things up, manned the tables, ran the games, and cleaned
up when we were done. Our very special thanks to GRRI
volunteer Carolyn Decina, who once again planned and
coordinated the day and made it all look easy.