Throughout the evening the fabulous rhythmic music of Grupo Pagan entertained nearly 300 supporters of the Fund. The Emerald City Bagpipers punctuated the evening with a march through the room filling it with the drone of the pipes and thud of the bass drum.
Fans of the Syracuse Orange basketball squad donned their orange and blue to cheer on and agonize over their beloved team on a giant projection screen provided by Francis Audio-Visual. There was even a special room dedicated to the hard core fans watching on a 50 inch flat screen.
People enjoyed a corned beef carving station, a mashed potato bar. Wait staff walked the room offering glasses of wine and Irish beer.
Volunteers worked the room offering raffle tickets for a 10 diamond cluster ring from Cazenovia Jewelers and a gold basset hound pendant from M. Lemp Jewelers. The Silent Auction offered guests a chance to bid on a wide range of items including a chance to fly an airplane, a certificate to buy a new bed and wonderful wines, hand made jewelry and gift certificates to many of the best local restaurants.
The true highlight of the evening came at the conclusion of the Syracuse NCAA basketball game as the Shamrock Animal Fund dedicated the night to the late Diane Smith. Co-founder Matt Mulcahy offered an emotional thank you to Ron Smith, Diane's husband, for Diane's immediate commitment to assisting with the Shamrock Animal Fund when it was conceived just over two years ago.
Co-founder and Shamrock Animal Fund President Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy helped present the Diane Smith Service Awards to Drs. Marco Coronado and Nancy Freeborough for their continued commitment to providing affordable and accessible veterinary care to families in need of assistance. Dr. Coronado inspired the listeners to find balance in their lives. The native of Peru strives to consistently help animals even when the financial outlook is not good for the owners of the pet. Dr. Freeborough thanked the Shamrock Animal Fund for the work that it does.
The evening wrapped up with smiles and dancing to the music of Grupo Pagan and a speedy check-out for Silent Auction bidders.
"Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, providers of goods and services," said Matt Mulcahy. "It take a tremendous amount of effort to produce a successful evening on a purely volunteer basis. We are proud to say virtually all of the funds raised go directly to helping the animals and pet owners in Central New York."