Potter League “Have a Heart” Cocktail Party & Silent Auction Is a Valentine to its Animals

It was entirely appropriate that the Potter League for Animals should host its 37th annual “Have a Heart” benefit cocktail party and silent auction just before Valentine’s Day, given how easy it can be to fall in love with the sheltered animals that the organization rescues and helps to find homes. A few pooches even made cameo appearances at the event, escorted by their doting trainers and sporting their finest doggy couture. Shades of the Westminster Kennel Club Show!

 

 

Fortunately for these wonderful animals, over 500 people had enough “heart” to attend the event and support the organization by purchasing gift bags, raffle tickets, and bidding on a staggering number of donated auction items – over 340 in total! Following a VIP preview party, guests milled about the Hotel Viking’s ballroom, placing their bids on items in categories ranging from “Classy Clothing” to “Sports and Recreation”; from “Bling Bling”, (aka jewelry) to “Treasures for the Animal Lover.” Contradicting the silent component of ‘silent auction,’ the ever-comical Emlen Drayton served as emcee, floating from item to item and contributing a running commentary on the objects that particulary caught his eye. President of the Rhode Island Senate, Teresa Paiva-Weed, attended to give her support, as did Rhode Island Representative Amy Rice.

 

Carol Miller, Pat Galuska, Teresa Paiva-Weed, & Laura LaBrecque 

Also in attendance were Byron Davies of the Potter League, Lisa and Elizabeth Stubbs, Potter League President Christie Smith and Board Member Sheila Reilly, attorney Turner ScottGeremie Callaghan, Melissa Rapoza, and Denise DiGangi. 


Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres by Stasia Anthony at the pre-party, and Jason McCarthy, along with the Hotel Viking, catered at the main event. When NewportSeen departed the event, the 50/50 raffle had already made it up to almost $4,000. Sid Goehring ultimately split the 50/50 pot, which ended up at $4550!  What a grand takeaway for the lucky raffle winner, and an even better way to help make a difference for animals in need!
                                                                                     --Amanda Grosvenor
 

 

Rhode Island Representative Amy Rice
& Laura Fernandez

 

Liz Drayton

 

The guests

 

Geremie Callaghan, Melissa Rapoza, Denise DiGangi

 

Helenmary Tucker & Roy Lauth

 

Manning the tables

 

Susan Ryan, Event Chair

 

Karen Barrett Roskelly & Pat Heller

 

Delicious hors d'oeuvres

 

Jane Moore

 

The Spiegels Have Heart

 

Cliff Guller

 

Libations

 

Sandra King with friend

 

Roe O'Brien and Susan Ruf

 

Sue Petronello

 

Anna Marie Ringheim

Janessa & Jessa LeComte-DaQuay and Grandmother

 

The 50/50 raffle poster

 

Susan McCoy

Elizabeth Van Liew & Paul Norbury

 

Sim Hawes

 

Pam & Ray Fisher, Lisa Hassett-Silvia

 

Lily Royal

 

Dr. Mike Kenfield (Portsmouth Veterinary Clinic),
Rich Kloss, Harry Mrozowski

 

Peter Silvia

 

Holt Hughes & Karen Hunter

Emcee Emlen Drayton

 

Karen Harrington, Teresa Paiva-Weed,
& Colleen Hastings

Marti Williams, Marilyn Kanter, Leilani Brenner

Elizabeth, Zeak & Clark (the baby) Davenport

 

 

Dave Frechette, Anne Snyder, & Richard Grosvenor

 

Matt Adermann

 

Representative Amy G. Rice & Michael Semenza

 

Dr. Toni Ellis & Nancy Dickinson

 

Judith Enstone & Carol Miller

 

Marian LaMarra, Nancy Bixby & Pat LaMarra

 

Lee Conti & Lily Royal

 

Rob Menson, Margo Waite, & Ken Moldow

 

Lisa & Elizabeth Stubbs

 

Sandy Carney & Elizabeth Tiedemann

 

Christie Smith & Sheila Reilly

 

 

John Finn

 

Turner Scott

 

The 50/50 drawing

 

And the winner of the 50/50 is .... for a total of $

 

Tasties

 

A great way to spend a winter night

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