A Helping Hand for Animals And Owners In Need


I want to thank everyone for coming out November 18 to the first fundraiser for the Animal Care And Assistance Fund. We had a Celebrity Bartender event at SBar on the Southside, and owner, Gabe Fontana was so incredibly generous to donate ALL the food and drink. The founder of the organization is the handsome guy with the beard on the far right, Dr Kenton Rexford. He is the head of the Emergency Department at the Pittsburgh Veterinarians Specialty and Emergency Center, and the Fund is the benevolent (non-profit) extension of the Center. The Fund is designed to help out people who qualify, under its criteria, for assistance in paying for emergency or extensive treatment beyond routine care. 

DVE’s Val Porter, in the front of the photo, graciously agreed  to be my co-host, and the guys at Channel Four were great. Andrew Stockey , Demetrius Ivory, Bob Mayo, Janelle Hall are in this photo, with Mayor Ravenstahl, who took time out to drop by and support the K-9 officers we invited . The guy standing next to him is  Dr. John Payne, a great surgeon at the Center , and the man beside him is an Animal Control officer. 


This is one of the Pittsburgh Police K-9 officers, with one of our board members, Celeste Kopf. The dog is gorgeous, only 20 months old, and several of my friends there remarked that he looked just like my Quino, who died over a year ago. The dog is German-bred, and one of the results of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Way to go, Ben.  dsc_0074

Kelly Frye was amazing. She,  Erin Kienzle and Janelle were actually serving drinks, and Kelly was like a whirling dervish back there. I used to work in my ex-husband’s bar a loooooong time ago, but I was worthless. 


And kudos to these two people–Michele and John Bozic. They have been instrumental in helping Kenton start the organization. John is our Secretary/Treasurer, and Michele, the director of programs, pulled the event together, with the special help of other board members, like Laura and Charles Aftosmis, and Jamie Sarris, who put together great raffle baskets, took these photos, and filled the bar with supporters. Michele got Jim Rooney to give us an autographed, authentic game ball to auction off. This was from the 11-10 San Diego game, and I think it was signed by Willie Parker. A great night, thanks again to the never-ending generosity of the people of Pittsburgh.


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