A Fetching Idea for a Fundraiser
| Washington Animal Rescue League's 85th Anniversary Celebration
The Washington Animal Rescue League recently celebrated their 85th anniversary as one of our area’s
oldest animal welfare organizations with a celebration at the lovely Decatur House in Lafayette Square.
The evening’s program included a wide array of activities. Guests had the rare opportunity to take part
in virtual pet adoptions to facilitate permanent placement. Excellent door prizes and a well-stocked
silent auction provided the perfect opportunity for pet owners to pick up several luxury items for both
themselves and their pets. Items up for bid included: a web page designed for a pet, pet accessories
including an all-important Redskins sweater, a shot at being a movie critic with training provided by
Arch Campbell, French cooking classes, an autographed “Austin Powers” poster, and accommodations at an
Irish country cottage. The event also marked the official results of a special Animal Rescue League
contest wherein doting pet owners could explain why their dog or cat deserved to be named the “Power
City’s Y2K-9” or “Silicon Alley Cat of Washington, D.C.” Winners were announced at the benefit event and
received a web site designed especially for their pets.
Co-Chairs: M. Anne Nicholson and Carolyn Rosen
The clever invitation to the benefit featured a special treat for invitees—the chance to
match the names of the Honorary Committee members with the names of their respective
pets. The list included James Carville and Mary Matalin's dogs Buck, Rayas and Mondale;
Mrs. Virginia Hayes Williams’dog Toulouse-Lautrec; Chuck Conconi’s cats George and Ira;
and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.'s dog Sweetie.