"Giddy Up, Let's Go to the Rodeo" was the theme of the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League's annual benefit that was held July 8 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
And there were some cowboys and cowgirls on hand for the occasion where Janet Polverini, program director and fundraiser chairperson, served as emcee.
Even though I was starting a week of vacation, I headed to the fundraiser with Better Half, knowing two things about the buffet meal awaiting us - there would be an incredible spread of food (I was right), and it would all be way better than what I was planning to cook (right again).
From left, Marlene Ingold, John Molnar, Lynda Beck,
Lorris Copeland and Dan Copeland
In addition to the food, there were door prizes galore so not a soul went home empty-handed. A grateful Polverini commented in the program booklet: "All of our sponsors are extraordinary people who genuinely care about our Jefferson County animals. They all have the courage, conviction, loyalty and passion to contribute to our voiceless animals. I sincerely prayed before I asked each sponsor to help, and the results were extraordinary."
The Jefferson County Animal Welfare League was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1974, according to the program booklet that acknowledged a ton of gold and silver sponsors.
During those 38 years, approximately 9,500 animals have been spayed and neutered.
"With your help, we are continuing to do so by helping animal lovers with the vet bills," the booklet notes. "In the year 2011, we have purchased 9,000 pounds of cat food for people feeding feral cat colonies. We then work to get the animals spayed and neutered."
The event was in memory of attorney Bill Fisher, Ruth Ford, Rolfe MacQuown, Nancy Meadows and Kay Rollage.
Western boot favors were made by Kim MacQuown Hohlmayer.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Jerry Baylis.
In addition to Polverini, league officers are Donna Hagerty, president; Doris Peyton, vice president; Laura Luzader, secretary; and Arlene MacQuown, treasurer.
The need to spay and neuter county animals exists all year long, according to MacQuown. Anyone who'd like to send a tax-deductible donation to the JCAWL can do so by mail contributions to the attention of Arlene MacQuown at 129 Meadow Road, Wintersville OH 43953.