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Out & About: Wearing white no faux pas at Animal Friends auction

Shirley McMarlin
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From left: AFW board members Sarah Dewald of Scottdale, Kelly Koshinsky of Greensburg and Jessica Marazza of Monroeville.
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From left: Renee Bompiani of New Stanton and Lexie Bompiani of Greensburg, pose for a photo during the Animal Friends of Westmoreland’s White Party, the 14th annual auction gala, held at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield Township on Friday evening, October 18, 2019.
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Jim Schoaf of Trafford poses for a photo with his foster kitten, “Macy”, during the Animal Friends of Westmoreland’s White Party, the 14th annual auction gala, held at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield Township on Friday evening, October 18, 2019.
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One of AFW shelter dogs, “Rhyann”, joins Lyn Schoaf of Trafford at her table..
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From left: AFW volunteers Katie Kunkel of Latrobe, Jenna Tarabek of Irwin, and Wendy Fenton of Penn Township
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Veronica Wersing of Penn Township participates in a dart game.
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Above: Clay Shoaf holds a piece of art designed by the shelter animals, that he received with his winning bid, during the Animal Friends of Westmoreland’s White Party.
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From left: Gabby Morse of Elizabeth, AFW volunteer, Kim Crosby of Greensburg, AFW volunteer, Bethany Morse of Elizabeth, AFW animal care manager, and Savannah Kennedy of Latrobe, AFW administrative assistant, join “ Rhyann”, available at Animal Friends of Westmoreland, for a photo during the Animal Friends of Westmoreland’s White Party, the 14th annual auction gala, held at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield Township on Friday evening, October 18, 2019.
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From left: Candy Valentino, AFW founder and event chair, and “Bruno”, a chihuahua from the shelter, joins auction chair, Cheri Klinchock.

Wearing white after Labor Day is often considered a fashion faux pas, but not on Oct. 18 at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield.

Animal Friends of Westmoreland called its 14th annual auction gala the White Party, and guests were invited to dress up or dress down for the theme. (Maybe they were just getting a jump on winter.)

Those with VIP tickets were invited to come early for a champagne toast, open bar, priority seating, swag bags and more preferential perks.

The main event followed with dinner, dessert and live, silent and Chinese auctions.

Funds raised are going to construction of a new facility on the organization’s 62-acre large-animal sanctuary in Unity, which will house dogs, cats and rabbits currently held at a shelter in Youngwood.

AFW says plans include “an on-site veterinarian clinic to provide low cost medical (care) for the public, as well as off-leash dog play yards, enrichment and walking trails and Henry’s Rest, a memorial site for beloved animals who have passed.”

In addition a “wish list” of ongoing shelter needs can be viewed at animalfriendswestmore land.org. FYI, while you might not care for kale and spinach, but it makes a great treat for the bunnies.

Founder Candy Valentino served as White Party chairwoman, while auction chairwoman was Cheri Klinchock.

AFW board members include Jessica Rafferty, Jessica Marazza, Kelly Koshinsky, Sean Cassidy, Adam Quatrini, Margaret Tremba and Sarah DeWald.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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