Shamrock Animal Fund fundraiser success: Matt's Memo

Emerald City Bagpipers perform at Shamrock's Celebration 2013.

More than 300 supporters of the Shamrock Animal Fund packed a state of the art renovated factory warehouse in Syracuse for a energetic fundraiser Saturday night. The drone and drums of the Emerald City Pipe Band reached the rafters entertaining the crowd as the program began. Guests shopped the silent auction, tasted from the carving stations and mashed potato bar and enjoyed beer and wine as they mingled among friends.

A music video highlighting the work of the vets, pets and volunteers of the Healthy Pet Clinics brought smiles and applause. Poignant personal stories by the veterinarians being honored with the Diane Smith Service Award left many in the room wiping tears away during several emotional moments. Drs. Elizabeth Berliner, Marcia Ziegler-Alexander and Ann Harris recieved the Award.

Dr. Berliner sent her regrets while she performed animal outreach in a rural section of Arizona. Dr. Ziegler talked about her surprise for winning an award for doing what comes naturally to her which is caring for animals. Dr. Harris stirred emotions in the gathering as she spoke about how remarkable it is for one small dog named Shamrock to inspire a charitable effort that has helped so many pets and people over the last few years.

Generous supporters inside King & King's building bid during the Live Auction of a trip for four to NY City on a MetroAir Charter and a basketball signed by the Syracuse University men's team and Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim. A video telling the story of a pet owner named Velma and her dog Jasmine provided the inspiration for the bidders to contribute.

As the contributions are totaled it appears to be a record setting year for attendance and donations to the Shamrock Animal Fund. Co-Founder Matt Mulcahy expressed his gratitude on behalf of his wife and Co-Founder Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy, "It was an extraordinary night. We are honored to get such support from the Central New York community. It is remarkable how a small idea can grow into something that touches so many people and their pets. Thank you."

A committee of volunteers deserves credit for planning for the event and making it happen from set up to tear down. Premier Catering offered delicious food. The music of Grupo Pagan entertained the crowd.