Party Animals Return to Palm Beach to Support Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

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Young Friends of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Co-Chairs Molly & Nick Mele and Stacey Leuliette with Peggy Adams Executive Director Rich Anderson. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART.

On Saturday, April 24th, the Henry Flagler Museum was transformed into one of the most desired dining destinations Palm Beach has seen in a long time. The Young Friends of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League — a newly formed committee of Palm Beach’s next generation of animal advocates — gathered together for their second annual “Party Animal” dinner to support the work of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Presenting sponsors were James Berwind & Kevin Clark. Others included Bessemer Trust and Farley Rentschler.


Molly and Nick with a rescue dog available for adoption through the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART
Kristin Vila and friend Patrick Mitchell. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART
Hallie Rosenthal Jessica McGillicuddy. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART.
Stacey Leuliette with J. Hogan Gidley. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART
Jean Shafiroff and Pamela O’Connor. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART
Kevin Clark, Ted Cooney, and James Berwind. Photo by Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART

The event’s co-chairs were Stacey Leuliette and Molly & Nick Mele. Committee members included Bettina Anderson, Farley Rentchler, Benton Bohannon, Joy & Damien Barr, Katie & Bill Benjamin, Turner & CJ Benoit, Georgina Bloomberg, Sally Bossert, Amy & Ryan Bridger, Margit & Blair Brandt, Cy Ryan & Lulu Carter, Christina Cernik, Kate & Nathan Coe, Kayla Collins, Sarah Cooke, Nick Rojo & Sarah Davis, Stephanie & William Eady, Nikki & Joe Floyd, Lilly & Sean Ferreira, Franny & John Criddle, Rick Frisbie, Graham & Brent Gallagher, Meredith & Clay Gregory, Amber & Ricky Grow, Maggi Haigh, Colin Hickey, Lauren Lahatte, Ivey & Bobby Leidy, Amanda Beckwith & Adam Lipson, Whitney McGurk, Kristina & Brad McPherson, Brittany Mundarain, Max Newland Carling & Tom Pinckney, Kelly & Gary Pohrer, Cameron & Jeff Preston, Cassie & Joe Sheerer, Lauriston & Rich Segerson, Allison Skipper, Krystian von Speidel, Chelsea & Robert Surtees, Matt Swift, Casey Taylor, Kristin & Diego Urrutia, Serena Woodward, and Lauren Wynns.


Kristina Bryan inspired by her spirit animal, the flamingo, with her husband Austin Bryan and and pal Loy Anderson.

Continuing their “Party Animal” theme, the evening was creative and whimsical. Libations, music and delicious food was served as guests’ spirit animals took flight to support their furry friends in need. Dancing was, however, suspended due to Covid restrictions and the number of attendees was limited as well, but it was wonderful to see everyone coming together again for a cause they love.


Creative Decor/Tablescape by Tom Mathieu. Catering by Sandy James.
Erin Elmore — wearing a bee hive headband — and Craig Spitzer.
Farley Rentschler, wearing leopard print, with sister Monty Rentschler.
Ashley Ciaburri and Kendall Cheatham.
Michelle Rosin and David Brower.
Charles Bane and Sue Gibson.
Cheryl McKee, Pamela O’Connor and Kristin Simmons viewing the silent auction items.
Emily Starkey and John Rawley.
Jennifer Irwin Lazzara – wearing zebra print, and husband Chris Lazzara.
Ryan Williams and Kayla Roderman.
Larry Austin, Chris Lazzara, Molly Austin, Ashley Ciaburri, and Kendall Cheatham.

By bringing together young professionals, all with a shared interest in animal welfare and adoption, the Young Friends of Peggy Adams encourages life-long participation with the shelter.

Peggy Adams is the largest no-kill animal shelter in Palm Beach County and is known throughout the country for their leadership. In a typical year, Peggy Adams will:

• BENEFIT THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 35,000 ANIMALS
• FIND NEW LOVING HOMES FOR MORE THAN 6,000 PETS
• PERFORM MORE THAN 14,000 SPAY AND NEUTER SURGERIES
• PROVIDE AFFORDABLE VACCINATIONS FOR MORE THAN 9,000 CATS AND DOGS
• BE SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN 1,000 VOLUNTEERS


Music by Adam Lipson & Friends.
Matt Swift took home a few silent auction items — including a lovely basket of wine.

For more information, please visit peggyadams.org

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