9th Annual Summer Paw Picnic a Success!

Posted Friday at 3:41pm

Aug 24



The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA would like to thank all that participated and supported the 9th Annual Summer Paw Picnic. Despite the heat, this year’s picnic proved to be another successful day that helped support programs and services for the more than one thousand animals served by CGHS/SPCA each year.

CGHS/SPCA would like to thank our sponsors, many of whom have been sponsors for the past nine years: AOW Construction Services; Jerry and Darlene Bilinski, Chathams Small Animal Hospital; Elaine and Mike Gruener; Greg McEldowney and Hollie Adams; Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation; The Sidney and Beatrice Albert Foundation; Buckley, Mendleson, Criscione & Quinn, P.C.; George Korinek and Gisela Marian; Jennifer Ricketts; Abigail Hartmann Associates; Angerame Architects PC; First Niagara Bank; Equine Clinic at Oakencroft; Deb Harrison, Cheryl Morenz, Riley, Molly, Ruff and Tumble; Maureen Hess, Tink and Rammy; Peter and Diane Hogan; Kinderhook Bank; Kleeber Insurance Services; Marshall & Sterling Insurance; Dr Kimberly Peregrim; Edward Swyer; Stair Galleries; Taizé Shepherd Kennel & Dog Training Center; Copake Veterinary Hospital; Cross Creek Farm; Peter Cervi and George Zeno; Jean and Kevin Decker; Lorraine Emerick, in memory of Buster Emerick; Alan and Betsey Grupp, Gayle Skluzacek; Renee Iacone; Main-Care Energy; Nassau Veterinary Clinic; Richmor Aviation; Margaret Ann Ricketts; Dr Danielle Sand; Dale Saylor and Joseph Williamson; Val-Kin Car Wash; Wood Hill Vet Clinic; Callander’s Nursery and Landscape Design Services; James Carlucci; CGM Construction; Columbia Physical Therapy, P.C.; Concra Appraisal Associates; Dairy Queen – Ghent; Jennifer Donoghue; Dwileski’s Tree Planting; ESAC Appraisers-Consultants; First Fuel & Heating, Inc.; Robert Gibson; Gina’s K-9 Bed & Breakfast; Glen O’s Wildlife Nuisance Control; Guterman, Shallo & Alford, PLLC; In memory of Kenneth and Frances Kromer; Sean Lally; David Levow and Karen Malina; Bonita and Robert Loyche; Laura and Scott Manchester; Muriel Marchand; June Mayton; MetzWood Harder Inc.; Ron Perez; Scheriff Electric; Shed Man Inc; The Bank of Greene County; Tierra Farm; Timothy P. Vallee and Jack-Jack Kennedy. Thank you for your support!

We would also like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated items for auctions. Much due to the effort of Seth Fallon of Copake Auction, our volunteer auctioneer, all of these items were sold and the auctions made the day extra successful for our Shelter and extra exciting for participants. Thank you!

Also, without our dedicated Picnic Committee, we would not be able to host such a magnificent event every year. Committee members include Darlene Bilinski, Jennifer Donoghue, Pegge’ Duleba, Lorraine Emerick, Robin Kromer, Bonnie Loyche, Karen Malina, Charlene Marchand, Jennifer Newton, Katy Nichols, Ron Perez Jr., Ernie Quinto, Kathy Rector, Tom Rector, Gayle Skluzacek, Marcia Sullivan, and Linda Vault-Smith. Thank you!

Special thanks to the local band King of the Forest who kept the afternoon rocking; Bill Robinson and his magnificent wildlife demonstration; Chatham Brewery, Aviator Wines and Liquors, Claverack Package Store, Wildhorse Wine & Liquor, Kinderhook Wines and Spirits, East Chatham Wines and Spirits, Chatham Wine and Liquor, Superior Wines, and Green Valley Liquors for donating libation; Red Barn for their delicious potato chips; and the staff of Waldorf Farm and Chathams Small Animal Hospital for all their hard work to make the picnic such a success every year.

CGHS/SPCA would also like to thank Bill Williams, WHUC 1230 AM, 98.5 FM The Cat, and Oldies 93.5 FM for their steadfast efforts in promoting this year’s Summer Paw Picnic through personal appearances and donated air time.

On behalf of all those mentioned above, we would like to thank all who attended the picnic this and every year. Over the past nine years our Summer Paw Picnics have raised a total of nearly $500,000, and we can’t thank all of you enough. We must also thank our anonymous supporter who donated $10,000 at the Picnic to the building fund with the stipulation that it must be matched . . . and thankfully it was, placing $20,000 into the CGHS/SPCA New Building Fund. To all who donated—thank you very much!

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Dr. Jerry and Darlene Bilinski, who have hosted this event for five years. Their continued support of CGHS/SPCA and its efforts and on behalf of all animals in need is nothing less than extraordinary. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

PICTURE: (left to right) Columbia County District Attorney Paul Cjzaka, CGHS/SPCA Board Chairperson Charlene Marchand, Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols, CGHS/SPCA President Ron Perez, Owner of Waldorf Farm and Chathams Small Animal Hospital Dr. Jerry Bilinski, United States Congressman Chris Gibson and wife Mary Jo Gibson, and New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.