Golden Oldies 2007 Reunion
Cerulean blue skies, bright sunshine
and gentle breezes ushered in the 7th annual GRRI
Reunion. The theme selected for this year was “Golden
Oldies”. Fifties “Doowop” music provided a nostalgic
backdrop for the day’s festivities.
Had there been a “human” costume
contest, GRRI volunteer Elaine Furnari would have taken
first place in her “modified” poodle skirt – crinoline and
Cleo Kazahaya won first place in the “furkids” costume
contest sporting her black leather “biker babe” outfit
embossed with silver studs spelling her name! Second
place went to Rusty
“Fonzerelli” Slamp, and third place to Sandy Johnson.
Plenty of canine tongues were wagging
as canine and person competed in the kissing contest.
First place went to GRRI adopter Pat Bean and her Golden,
Chrissie; second place to Matt Veiga and his GRRI Golden,
Finn, and third place to GRRI volunteer Drew McFadden and
his GRRI Golden, Ryan. But we all unanimously
agreed that the best picture of the day was of Elaine
Furnari and her Golden, Scout. EWWWW.
volunteer Mark Urso and his Golden, Zoe, won this year’s
musical hula hoops competition. Second place was won
by Scotty and his mom, Nora Anne DiLemmo, and in third place
was Sandi and her mom, Annette Johnson
The hot dog toss was won by Rocky
Walter. Toby Meyer won second place and Keara
McLaughlin won third.
Keeping with the theme of the day, a
“Golden Oldies” senior rescue parade was introduced.
Twenty-one GRRI adopted Goldens, age 9 and above, strutted
their stuff around the ring. Each dog received a goodie bag
containing a participation certificate, a parade ribbon, a
paw print collar charm, dog biscuits from the Salty Paws
Biscuit Shop and a red dog bowl donated by Commerce Bank.
Heitman, Cody Ready, Ernie Gentile-Geary, Rusty Slamp,
Barney Maywald, Casey McFadden, Jessie McFadden, Holly Osman,
Sammy Olson, Amber DeSarno, Allie Decina, Julie Ringen,
Brandy McLaughlin, Jake Loeffel, Brittney Schurzky, Cody
Jorgensen, Harry Potter Roethlin, Rush Bergner, Murphy
Collins, Angel Patton and Chrissie Bean.
Of course the reunion wouldn’t be complete without the
wonderful foods prepared by our volunteers, the sandwiches
from Wegman’s supermarket, the raffle baskets, the 50/50
drawing and our merchandise table. GRRI would like to thank
John Meyers who won this year’s 50/50 and donated it back to GRRI!
Throughout the day Jeanne Urna once
again donated her photographic talents, taking wonderful
portraits of our adopters, volunteers and their families.
To view Jeanne’s photo gallery, visit her website at
In addition to all the volunteers who
made this event possible, we’d also like to thank:
The Town of Mt Pleasant, Westchester
County, NY – sound system
The Pleasantville Tennis Club,
Pleasantville, NY – tennis balls
Jeanne Urna, PhotosbyJeanne.com
Commerce Bank, Thornwood, NY – dog
bowls for senior goodie bags
The Healthy Hound, Inc., Pleasantville,
NY – senior parade goodie bags, ribbons, certificates
Starbucks Coffee, Pleasantville, NY
The Hungry Hound, Somerville, NJ
Yellow Farmhouse Candles, LLC.,
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton