9th Annual Reunion – September 20, 2009
by Sylvia Mogerman, Reunion Chairwoman
What A Beautiful Morning!! I know it might sound corny but
after last year's misty and rainy weather the gorgeous
cloudless sky just made my heart sing! The entire day
reflected the weather and a happier group of fur kids and
parents could not be found anywhere.
Many of our
wonderful volunteers came to help set up. They put together
an amazing party area that set the stage for our HOLLYWOOF
day. As people arrived they were greeted with smiles and
doggy goody bags at our reception table. The goody bags were
filled with yummy and fun items donated by our GRRI members.
The Reunion began
with a beautiful luncheon spread. The sandwiches were
delicious. The many different types of salads, side dishes,
drinks, snacks, desserts (human and dog), and paper products
were all either made or bought by our volunteers.
lunch we couldn’t forget our fur kids. They were invited to
an Ice Cream Social where they had yummy yogurt
sundaes. They had their choice of shredded carrots, tiny dog
biscuits and kibble to embellish their treat. The smiles
upon the faces of the dogs were priceless.
keepsake photos were once again captured by our wonderful
photographer, Jeanne Urna. They can be viewed on at
Let the games begin
startling upset in the Hot Dog Toss, reigning 2-year
champion, Rocky Walter, was unseated by new comer Alpine
and his dad, Jim Behnke; Meg defended her 2nd
place title for the second year running with the help of
her mom, Barbara Brockardt.
Back by popular
demand, our Musical Hoops game was so well represented that
we had to split it into two sessions. The winners in round
one were: 1st place - Keith Kielty and Lucy; 2nd
place - Sabrina Adams and Sarah, 3rd place - Erik Veiga and
In round two,
Stephanie Glazer and Daisy won 1st place; Chrissy Dragan
and Rosie won 2nd and Jessica Glazer and Sammie
A new game, the
Limbo Walk, made its debut this year. The 1st place winners
were Jessica Glazer and Rascal; Jonathan Danner and Myles won
2nd place and Terry Blake and Maddie won 3rd.
enticed by our GRRI store filled with golden items galore.
They also had 3 tables full of eye-popping raffle items.
Our volunteers out did themselves this year with the things
that were donated. There is no way they can be thanked
enough for their generosity. Great fun was had as we all
breathlessly waited to see if our raffle ticket number was
chosen by one of the children.
true Hollywood fashion, we rolled out the red carpet so
thirteen lucky Goldens adopted during the previous year
could strut their stuff during
the Parade of Rescue Dogs. Each participant received a
goody bag, a Rosette ribbon and a booklet that contained all
of entrant’s biographies. Special thanks to Linda Walter
for organizing the parade for us.
The bios can be found
Happy human and
fur faces were seen smiling on their way back to their cars.
Another successful Rescue Reunion had come to an end.
Of course no
glorious day ends without that chore we all dread - cleaning
up! Wonderful volunteers stayed to help put everything away
and to make sure we left the park they way we found it.
our volunteers, this day would not have been a success. The
volunteers did everything. They donated items, took part in
and organized such activities as the sign up table, the GRRI
Store, the food tables, the raffle table, the photo booth,
the Rescue Parade, and the dog games. This year Eileen and I
had help with the organization and carrying out of our main
activities. We would like to thank our Food Coordinator,
Lenise Mitchell, our Raffle Coordinator, Anne Mroz, our Dog
Games Coordinator and our MC, Phil Mogerman, our
Photographer, Jeanne Urna (www.PhotosbyJeanne.com),
and our Store Coordinators, Rich and Linda Walter. Linda
also was our Roving Photographer.
In addition to all the volunteers who made this event
possible, we’d also like to thank:
Our Chairperson, Sylvia Mogerman, and our Co-Chair, Eileen
The Town of Mt. Pleasant, Westchester County, NY for
loaning us their sound system
The Pleasantville Tennis Club for donating tennis
Axial Theater Group for loaning us their klieg lights
Raffle Items were donated by: