The 2005 GRRI Rescue Reunion
A little bit of country, a whole lot of Goldens!
we note with sadness Sammie's passing as this edition goes to press
Recipe for a great day: begin with a beautiful Indian summer day in September. Add over 110 Golden Retrievers and their proud owners (over 175 people attended!). Mix with food, games, country-western costumes (for the dogs!) and continuous bragging! GRRI's annual reunion on September 17th for adopters, volunteers, and their Goldens was a tremendous success, and we were delighted to see so many GRRI dogs all together! For those who have adopted from us, it was a chance to show off their treasured friends; for volunteers, it was a chance to renew acquaintances with many of the dogs who have touched our hearts. There's no better feeling than to see so many happy dogs and people together!
The day began with check-in, where all dogs received goody bags and handmade bandanas to set the mood. As dogs and people mingled and said hello, volunteers began unwrapping endless varieties of food, featuring delicious submarine sandwiches (thank you Wegmans!!!) salads, side dishes, drinks, cakes, and sweets. More than one set of envious canine eyes monitored the food tables carefully! After lunch it was time for the games to begin: the competition was, well, not exactly fierce -- more like hilarious! Lacy and Toby Meyer took first place in the costume contest; Charlene and Maddie Jackson won the musical hula hoop competition. Parker Osman was a determined competitor and bested all challengers to walk away with top honors in the hot dog toss. And Ethan and Carmen Anderson charmed the audience on the way to winning the kissing contest.
There were plenty of opportunities to stock up on one-of-a-kind items for Goldens and the people who love them; the raffle table was overflowing with beautiful goods made or donated by our volunteers. Our merchandise table was also open for business, with GRRI logo clothing, toys, jewelry and other wonderful items available for sale. Jeanne Urna donated her photographic talents and took portraits of families and their dogs; somehow, she has the gift for getting children and dogs alike to stop fidgeting and look at the camera, and the resulting images will be treasured for years to come. Our 50/50 raffle was won by the Mihansky family, with the winning tennis ball selected by 12 year old GRRI dog Holly Osman, the original Tennis Ball Fiend!
SunAction Textiles, Inc.
Stanley Discount Products
The Pleasantville Tennis Club
Diane and Lou Pondo
The Labarbara Family
The Avella Family
John & Christine Meyer
Sean & Valerie Mahon
Joe & Irene Kennedy
Dr. John & Cheryl Grant
Bill & Olivia Bergner
The Hudasko Family
MaryMargaret & Dave Philpot
and all the GRRI volunteers who cooked,
baked, staffed tables, cleaned up, or otherwise helped