Dogs And Cats Will Reign At 15th Annual Doggie & Kittie Ball In Boca


By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Tri County Animal Rescue (TCAR) in Boca Raton is getting ready for its biggest fundraiser of the year – the annual Doggie and Kittie Ball scheduled for Sunday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Boca West Country Club.
Organizers remind guests to arrive early for cocktails, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Pre-event entertainment will be by Spechlis and by vocalist Dawn Marie.
Masters of ceremony will be Channel 25 News anchor Stephanie Berzinski and Tim “The Byrdman” Byrd. Guest speaker will be State Attorney for Palm Beach County David Aronberg.
Once visitors move to the grand ballroom, the band, Heat Wave, will entertain. Vanessa Simpson will provide the vocals during dinner. Later, Neil Saffer will conduct a live auction.
Formerly known as the Tri County Humane Society, the agency was founded in 1997 by Suzi Goldsmith, now the executive director, and the late Jeannette Christos.  It did not get a permanent home until 2001 when the Boca Raton City Council gave Tri County the go-ahead to take over operations of the city’s shelter located on Boca Rio Road. It continues using that facility.
During the celebration, Ardath Rosengarden will be honored with the Jeannette Christos Award in recognition of her dedication and care for the cat and kitten community at the Tri County shelter.
Sharon DiPietro is chair of the 2017 ball committee. Honorary chairs are Gregory Fried, Mayor Susan Haynie, Jan Savarick, Heather Shaw and Mary Wong.
Earlier this year, TCAR held a pre-ball event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center Mall, where friends of Tri County gathered, many with their leashed pets. Saks announced it would donate 10 percent of its sales on March 2 and 3 to Tri County Animal Rescue.
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