Paws and Pairings

Paws and Pairings 2016

“Everyday Heroes Honored & ~$8,700 Raised at FLSPCA’s Paws & Pairings Gala”

Our 8th Annual Paws & Pairings Gala was held June 3rd, 2016 at the world-renowned Pleasant Valley Wine Company’s Visitor Center. Besides the historic exhibits and wine making displays, Pleasant Valley wines, Keuka Brewing Company tastings, delicious food by Infinity Catering and musical entertainment by Distilled, this special evening featured an awards ceremony to honor individuals and groups in our community for acts of heroism and kindness.


  • EVERYDAY HEROES – Fran & Lois Gehl, Lee Cornaire
  • HUMANE VETERINARIAN – Karen Doucette, D.V.M.
  • HERO CATS – Leo & Molly

This charitable event also included book signings by Gary Brown the author of Willy of the Crooked Lake, a large silent auction, big-ticket raffles for vacation stays in the Virgin Islands and a 50-50 raffle. Additionally, table informational stations provided details about the status of FLSPCA’s new building project and information about FLSPCA’s humane programs which work at the root of companion animal overpopulation and aid in the prevention of animal cruelty.

As a result of our community’s phenomenal support of and participation in this year’s event, ~ $8,700 was raised. This revenue will directly support the care of FLSPCA’s homeless animals, while also supporting the programs that protect the human-companion animal bond and reduce companion animal overpopulation, thereby reducing suffering and saving lives. This special celebration also raised additional awareness for our Mission, adoptable animal friends in need of homes and the importance of our current building project. The related capital campaign has reached over 70% of its overall goal.

We would like to say congratulations to all of our community award recipients for their good works! We would also like to say thank you to the familiar friends and the new friends that attended our event, as well as a heartfelt thank you to all the donors, supporters and volunteers that made this special evening possible and a complete success. We would like to thank all Paws & Pairings sponsors and supporters – especially our gold, silver and bronze sponsors (as listed).

  • GOLD SPONSORS: Graphic Solutions, David Mattoon & Paulette Aucoin, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, John W. Taggart & Son and Simmons-Rockwell Ford Chevrolet Jeep
  • SILVER SPONSORS: Anonymous
  • BRONZE SPONSORS: Dennis & Pamela Carlson, Lynn Crane, Jean Peterson and John & Michele Wagner

Thank you as well to all Ticket Sponsors, all auction item donors, John Carbone, caterer, Betty Kay Bake Shop, Keuka Brewing Company & Distilled for their contributions to the success of this event.