Title Queens Challenge Political Kings for Rescue Group


Miss Wolcott and Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen are used to tough competition, but Friday they’ll trade in heels for bowling shoes as they take on Wolcott’s political suits in what promises to be a fun event for all. Whether you roll with bumpers or have your own balls, all are welcome to pin their support for the Animal Rescue Foundation‘s efforts to build a new facility. The group is rebuilding its animal shelter in Plymouth after the previous one burned down on November 23rd, 2008.

Erin Ward has been a dedicated member of the ARF group and is co-sponsoring the fundraiser. Her involvement began knowing her family’s black lab / sharpei mix was a rescued dog from ARF’s shelter. “I want to know that other people will have the same opportunity to have a good pet like I had with Zoey.” In this month’s Wolcott Community News, Ward writes about how Zoey mixed well with her family, and was curious about the tennis balls on the legs of her great grandmother’s walker. Ward’s great grandmother was skittish about dogs, but Zoey eventually won her over. Sadly, in the brief time between submitting her article to the Community News and its publication, Zoey passed away to cancer. “She was a wonderful animal.”

Ward has adopted the Animal Rescue Foundation as her cause during her tenure as Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen and is co-sponsoring the event. “I did it because I want someone else to have the same opportunities to have a dog or animal like that. ARF doesn’t put animals down,” as sometimes happens when municipal pounds overflow. For some reason, Zoey was like many animals that ended up in the Shelter. Yet, she had a good natured temperament and ARF was able to secure her a good home with the Ward family. “On one recent cold day, we had 20 dogs and 40 cats in the pound,” says Ouimet of Wolcott’s municipal pound. Those numbers indicate a need in the area when area pounds also reach capacity. ARF’s mission is to connect abandoned and needy animals with good owners.

Friday’s event is generating excitement and may have some surprising talent. The featured match between the title queens and four area mayors and may prove particularly interesting. Mayor Vincent Festa of Plymouth will be joining the event. He once bowled an impressive 222 as member of a bowling league. “But that was a fluke,” he said. “This time the ball may end up in the next lane.” Mayor Dunn was a member of the Wolcott Bird League in the 80s. Dunn, who just turned 48 this past week, once bowled a 256 at Wolcott Lanes. “And I’ll be wearing the same Hawaiian shirt Friday.” The young ladies may still be able to take them on with their graceful deliveries. Miss Greater Waterbury Alexandria Puglisi and Miss Brass City’s Outstanding Teen Nicole Nemense will be joining their team. “We’re going to rock their bowling shoes,” says Miss Wolcott, Becky Albini.

Mayors Michael Jarjura and Art Ward of Bristol will also be striking for the cause. “He’s looking forward to helping out,” said Jarjura’s aide, Steve Gambini.

The Animal Rescue Foundation has Front of ARF Buildingreleased a rendering of what the new shelter will look like. It includes a state of the art pen area as well as a front lobby for visitors and the public. It will be located on a site fronting Rt. 6 in Terryville and site work has already commenced. “The plan looks wonderful. Its a nice piece of architecture for Main St. that will serve a need in the area. They have a great dedicated group of people involved in the foundation,” said Mayor Festa. “We’re over halfway to our goal and one more great push should put us over the top,” says Joe Ouimet, the group’s fundraising coordinator. Erin Ward has been instrumental in assisting ARF by bringing in $1000 for the foundation in a previous fundraiser.

Bowling is a great past time for many in town and fairly economical. Surely the event will attract those who want to play with bumpers as well as some bringing their own balls and shoes. In addition to bowling, a 50/50 raffle will be held and a full array of ARF merchandise will be sold at Wolcott Lanes Friday. All four mayors have been supportive of the effort. The group is dedicated to helping good animals that would become a great addition for families. ARF doesn’t put animals down as municipal pounds may need to do when they become full. “Help us so that other less fortunate animals can find their forever homes by supporting the Animal Rescue Foundation.” writes Ward. The other title queens will be there supporting her efforts. “Hopefully we’ll raise just as much from bowling,” says Albini who will be bringing her family to join in the fun.

Will you be attending the fundraiser? It begins this Friday at 6 pm. All proceeds will go to ARF. Can’t make it? Donations can be mailed to: PO Box 538, Thomaston CT 06787. Comments welcome.

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One Comment to “Title Queens Challenge Political Kings for Rescue Group”

  1. How was the event?

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