(ROCKLAND, ME): On Thursday, February 6 at Rockland’s Strand Theater, the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County (PMHSKC) hosted an evening with author David Rosenfelt and previewed a newly produced video about the Organization. The event, which also featured WCSH-TV’s Don Carrigan as emcee and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, drew a crowd of over 200 friends and supporters, and raised almost $20,000 to benefit PMHSKC.
PMHSKC Board President Richard Procopio said: “This evening was a total success, thanks to wonderfully entertaining presentations by David Rosenfelt, Don Carrigan, and Kaja Veilleux. We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout, positive feedback, and amazing financial support we received from the community.”
Rosenfelt is the author of Dogtripping, an acclaimed book chronicling his journey from California to Maine accompanied by 25 rescue dogs. The audience loved his humorous and poignant presentation which described his colorful career (including his role as marketing director at TriStar Pictures, television writer, and most recently, writer of mystery novels), devotion to rescuing dogs on death row in California shelters, and new life on a farm in Maine with many canine companions.
Another feature of the event was the debut of a new PMHSKC video presented on the Strand’s large screen. Produced by Craig Mathieson, Richard Procopio, and Rich Smalley, and narrated by Don Carrigan; it tells the story of PMHSKC from its founding, current animal care programs, and its plans for a new shelter facility. The production features moving stories of two special pets (Anna the dog and Gracie the cat) that came to PMHSKC with catastrophic health issues, were nursed back to health, and adopted by new loving families. Both adoptive families, the Jolys and the Howards, were present at the Strand for the debut.
This video is available for view via Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdu-KYUTxaQ&feature=youtu.be.
The evening also included a parade of PMHSKC pooches available for adoption narrated by Carrigan, plus a fundraiser auction called by Veilleux featuring special items donated by local individuals and businesses.
The PMHSKC was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society operates an animal shelter located between the Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston that is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston (including Spruce Head), Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill.