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Bling 4 Bones celebrates Youngwood-based animal shelter's 1,000 adoption

Kim Stepinsky | for Trib Total Media
Animal Friends of Westmoreland volunteer, Justine Long, (R), joins founder/board president, Candy Nelson and guest of honor, 'Lola', an eight- year-old Chihuahua/Pekingese mix, during the Animal Friends of Westmoreland annual Bling 4 Bones jewelry bash, held at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfileld Township on Wednesday evening, August 13,2014.

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We've all seen photos of celebs and socialites like Paris Hilton accessorizing with sunglasses, jewelry and a little teacup pooch peeking out of a designer bag.

Guests at the Aug. 13 Bling 4 Bones jewelry bash were invited to do likewise by purchasing some pretty things and then adopting a pet from the evening's host, The Animal Friends of Westmoreland.

Board president and founder Candy Nelson introduced the crowd at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield to Lola, a Chihuahua-Pekingese mix who was rescued first from a “deplorable” home and then from a kill shelter. The buff-colored fur ball has limited vision, Nelson said, but is “a very kind soul.”

Animal Friends also used the occasion to celebrate the adoption of the 1,000th pet from the Youngwood-based no-kill shelter, which was founded in 2006.

Among the sellout crowd of more than 250 was 50th-birthday girl Kristine Hoffer, surprised with a ticket by Ligonier-area friends and family including Gerry Hoffer, Mike andTammy Hoffer withQuinley, Kathy Mileca, Lorraine Hillman, Carol Nicely, Kathy Fether andChristine Surma.

Also, Kary Coleman, Grace Alfery, Gretchen Tropeano, Michael Schultheis andStacey England, Carol Tullio, Vicki Morgan, Becky Keener, JoAnn Ridilla, Shelley Walor, Lynn Salandro, Bonnie Schade, Sandra McCarthy, Rita Balogh, Doris Santone, Linda Kowalewski, Lisa Cole, Sally Arthurs, Mary Jane Theis, Marcia Romanik, Helen Long, Sherry Vecchetti, Andrea Palmer, Tawnie Stahl andTerri Rayes.

Seen working the floor were shelter manager Robin Stewart and volunteers Tammy Marshall, Brandy Hann, Jen Wylie, Holly Marnell, Kate Posega, Diane Swank, Carol Yorty andJoyce Alvarez.

— Shirley McMarlin

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