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Out & About: Action for Animals 'Love Is in the Air' fundraiser

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

“Vintage Valentines” was the theme for the annual Love Is in the Air event, hosted by Action for Animals Humane Society.

Held Feb. 10 in the Bishop Connare Center in Unity, the fundraiser put the spotlight on some of the shelter's senior animals, often passed over by people coming in to adopt a pet.

Guests had the opportunity to love on and bond with a few of those older dogs, escorted in by shelter manager LuAnn Hutcheson. One was rescued from a hoarding situation, while another was found tied to a dumpster in Ligonier.

Along with some heavy petting (petting dogs, that is), the love fest included hors d'oeuvres and dessert, silent and Chinese auctions, raffles and drawings.

Board President Rita Whiteman said this was the first of several special events planned for 2018, the shelter's 35th anniversary year.

Co-chairs were Lisa Marie Corcoran andTerry Zorch. Emcee was Dr. Michael Zorch.

Seen: Dr. Erick and Joanne Bergquist, David andJohnette DeRose, Bill and Mary Walker, Jolene Heinle, Leanne Rubino, Pam Reese, Stephanie Overly, Melvin andSue Trout, Chuck andCathie Grudowski, Matt andLaura McDermit, Rebecca Pich, Ed Long, Frank andLaurell Colizza, James andCarol Corcoran, Mark and Kelly Lynch, Tracy Miscik, Robert and Kelly McCoy, John andNatalie Debich, Lori Suchocki andRuth Peterson.

— Shirley McMarlin

Event chairs, (from left), Terry Zorch and Lisa Marie Corcoran, pose for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Event chairs, (from left), Terry Zorch and Lisa Marie Corcoran, pose for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
(from left), Matt McDermit, Ed Long and Laura McDermit, gather for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Matt McDermit, Ed Long and Laura McDermit, gather for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
(from left), Laurell and Frank Colizza, join volunteer, Stephanie Overly, for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Laurell and Frank Colizza, join volunteer, Stephanie Overly, for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Board members, (from left), Dean Miller, Rita Whiteman, president, Leanne Rubino and Regis Tomsey, treasurer, gather for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Board members, (from left), Dean Miller, Rita Whiteman, president, Leanne Rubino and Regis Tomsey, treasurer, gather for a photo at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Troy Prettiman joins volunteer, Mike Zorch for a photo, at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Troy Prettiman joins volunteer, Mike Zorch for a photo, at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
(from left), Joyce Donnelly and Gina Pomponi, pose for a photo with their AFA valentines, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Joyce Donnelly and Gina Pomponi, pose for a photo with their AFA valentines, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
(from left), LuAnn Hutcheson, AFA manager, and event chair, Lisa Marie Corcoran, pose for a photo with AFA puppies, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), LuAnn Hutcheson, AFA manager, and event chair, Lisa Marie Corcoran, pose for a photo with AFA puppies, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
LuAnn Hutcheson, AFA manager, introduces 'Marsha' , one of the adoptable dogs at AFA, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
LuAnn Hutcheson, AFA manager, introduces 'Marsha' , one of the adoptable dogs at AFA, during the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
'Jeronimo', one of the adoptable dogs at AFA, makes an appearance at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
'Jeronimo', one of the adoptable dogs at AFA, makes an appearance at the Action for Animals Humane Society's annual Love is in the Air, 'Vintage Valentines', held at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity Township on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018.
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