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Sunset at Winslow gala event grosses $95,500 for Warwick organizations


On Saturday evening, June 16, over 400 guests gathered in Winslow’s Ruth B. Ottaway indoor arena, transformed into a huge colorful nightclub, where they enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner catered by award-winning chefs from The Helm Restaurant in Greenwood Lake and dancing to the music of the popular CloudNYne Band.


  • On Saturday evening, June 16, over 400 guests gathered in Winslow’s Ruth B. Ottaway indoor arena, transformed into a huge colorful nightclub, where they enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner catered by award-winning chefs from The Helm Restaurant in Greenwood Lake and dancing to the music of the popular CloudNYne Band.


WARWICK-The goal for “Sunset at Winslow” was to provide an enjoyable evening for the entire community while benefiting the wonderful work of Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center and The Warwick Valley Humane Society.

And it succeeded on all counts.

On Saturday evening, June 16, more than 400 guests gathered in Winslow’s Ruth B. Ottaway indoor arena, transformed into a huge colorful nightclub, where they enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner catered by award-winning chefs from The Helm Restaurant in Greenwood Lake and dancing to the music of the popular CloudNYne Band.

Before entering the arena, guests also had the unique opportunity to visit the stable and pet the gentle horses at Winslow.

And during the evening guests were invited to bid on valuable donated items in a live and silent auction expertly selected and arranged by volunteer committee member Marge King Porter.

Committee member Chris Olert served as emcee and auctioneer.

To date “Sunset at Winslow,” one of the top annual social functions in the Town of Warwick, has grossed $95,000 with donations still coming in.

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Winslow’s Therapeutic Riding Center and the Warwick Valley Humane Society.

Winslow is a not-for-profit Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding Center accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and devoted to the special needs population of Orange and surrounding counties.

The Center, located on 100 acres of scenic land just off Route 17A in Warwick, has been offering unique and often life-changing horseback riding experiences to children and adults in this community since 1974.

The Warwick Valley Humane Society, 8 Public Works Road, is a non-profit organization which provides a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals and to finding forever homes for these animals. The Society provides Animal Control Services for the Towns of Warwick and Chester.

Co-chairs, Cindy Vander Plaat, Susan Ferro and Betsy Mitchell, jointly stated that they would like to thank their incredibly hard working committee and also all of the sponsors and journal contributors.

“Without their support, ” said Vander Platt, “this event would not be possible. We would also like to thank this wonderful community for coming out to support Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center and the Warwick Valley Humane Society. We are truly grateful.”


Community volunteer Betsy Mitchell, left, presented the check to Humane Society Treasurer Lisa Notturno.


Photo by Jim LaPlante

COURTESY POST FROM THE WARWICK ADVERTISER  Published Dec 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Updated Dec 28, 2017$3000-to-Humane-Society

Warwick Valley Rotarians recently donated $3,000 to the Warwick Humane Society’s Critical Care Fund to assist with emergency medical expenses for its animals. Community volunteer Betsy Mitchell, left, presented the check to Humane Society Treasurer Lisa Notturno. Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, said last year’s $3,000 Rotary donation was used for construction of a shed “to create living spaces reminiscent of a home for animals having a difficult time adjusting to the shelter environment.” The 2015 Rotary donation went for surgery on two neglected animals which have since been adopted. The non-profit humane society was established in 1954 by former resident and movie actress Gretchen Wyler. The kennels, built in 1968 for dogs, are over capacity and now are also used for cats and other animals which have been abandoned or abused. Barron was a volunteer and a director for about 10 years before becoming president 17 years ago. Barron reminded residents the Humane Society is always in need of donations of rabbit pellets, pate or canned cat food, paper towels, paper plates, bleach, Science Diet dry cat and dog food, heavy duty garbage bags and newspapers.

Run free, Miranda!



I photographed Miranda in March 2016. She had been at the Warwick Valley Humane Society FB Page for a while. Miranda was 9 years old. She had been found in October 2014 on the Appalachian Trail. She was emaciated, sick and very scared with wounds and old scarring. Her teeth were worn down and she only had rocks, sticks & berries in her belly. After clearing up her health issues she went to a foster home and thrived with the attention and care she got, but unfortunately, her foster could not longer foster her and she came back to the shelter. After I photographed her, and thanks to a post by Susie’s Senior Dogs, Miranda was finally getting adoption interest! Unfortunately, that’s when she was first diagnosed with cancer (tumor on her leg). The shelter decided to hold off on adoption until they had her issues under control. It was removed and she was now cancer-free! But also adopter-free… I posted her again, I pleaded. But nothing happened. Miranda waited. Sure, she was loved tremendously by the shelter people, but it’s not like having your own family to spend your mornings, and days, and evenings with. Earlier this month, Miranda’s cancer returned. And within days of that diagnosis, her health crashed abruptly – pale, extremely lethargic, unable to keep any food down. She was suffering and there was nothing the shelter could do to help her other than make a very difficult decision. Miranda was humanely euthanized last week, surrounded by the people at the shelter who loved her so much. My heart is very heavy today, for her and for all the people she touched. Run free, Miranda!





Warwick Dispatch

The 2nd Annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser will be held on Thurs., Jun. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Applewood Winery, located at 82 Four Corners Rd. in Warwick.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s homeless cats and kittens.

“We are hoping cat lovers will join us for a lovely and enjoyable evening and we thank our gracious and generous hosts Michelle and Jonathan Hull for donating their delicious wine and beautiful venue for our fundraiser,” said Suzyn Barron, the President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society.

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month with the help of THE RIBBON RESCUE !!



  • Provided photo The staff at Track 7 welcomed the Humane Society and friends to announce the second annual Ribbon Rescue which began April 1.

  • Pictured in front are Track 7 employees Christy Mills and Carrie Hallahan and their rescues, Beau and Ruger;

  • second row: Track 7 owner, Eileen Patterson and Humane Society board members Betsy Mitchell and Lisa Notturno;

  • and in the third row Glenn and Susan Dickes who presented Lisa with a check for $1,000 toward the purchase of an animal transport vehicle.

 ”  This 2nd annual pledge drive encourages community members to contribute supplies and donate funds to help the Warwick Valley Humane Society care for the abused, abandoned and neglected animals who are housed at the shelter off of Kings Highway while waiting for homes.

Pledges starting at $10

Once again,TRACK 7 POSTAL CENTER is teaming up with the Warwick Humane Society by providing a wish list on Ribbon Rescue pledge cards.

Some of the items include a year’s supply of pate cat food, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels and paper plates just to name a few.

Cash donations are also welcomed with pledges starting at $10.

$1,000 donation At the top of the Humane Society’s wish list is a FORD TRANSIT VEHICLE to replace an aging 2002 pickup truck.
The Ford vehicle will better and more safely enable ANIMAL CONTROL officers to rescue and transport large, often injured and frightened animals to safety and treatment.

Warwick Valley Humane Society supporters GLENN P and SUSAN DICKES have GENEROUSLY offered $1,000 to jump start the effort to obtain a replacement vehicle.

“The newer vehicle is a capital asset which will serve for many years to come,” the Dickes said in the press release announcing the program. “We hope other supporters will join us in making donations toward this worthy goal.”

TWO BOARDS loaded with Ribbon Rescue pledge cards will placed on Main Street on the fence next to Newhard’s and in the Track 7 Postal Center building at 3 Forester Ave.

The community is asked to select a pledge card and return it with a donation to Track 7.

Tradition continued Jim and Eileen Patterson, the new owners at Track 7 are happy to continue the project which was started by Ken and Betsy Mitchell.

“Our family has been rescued by a furry friend from the Warwick Humane Society so we appreciate all that goes into getting those animals ready for their adoptive homes,” the Pattersons said. “This is our way of saying thank you and we know the Warwick community will be generous as always!”

The Warwick Valley Humane Society is a non-profit whose goal is to provide a clean, comfortable safe haven for lost, abandoned, unwanted, abused and neglected animals.

They also offer programs of advocating responsible pet ownership.

Track 7 Postal Center is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

The shelter is located at 48 Public Works Drive in Warwick.. ”

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An Eagle at work

Justin Endrikat revitalizes pet cemetary for Warwick Valley Humane Society as his Eagle Scout project

Beginning in the back grow, from left to right are: Leader Steve Bower, Justin Endrikat, Brian Bower, Shea Gormley, Henry Searle, Kyle Bower, Leader Bob Steuerman and Leader Dan Decker. In front, from left to right, are: Tristan Searle, Tristan Weaver, Nate Searle, Hunter Endrikat and Nick Fox. –

Justin Endrikat recently became the first member of Troop 477 in Greenwood Lake to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

His Eagle Scout project was to revitalize and beautify the Restdale Park Pet Cemetery on Restdale Road in Chester for the Warwick Valley Humane Society.

The pet cemetery was all but destroyed and then abandoned when a housing development was put in 20 or so years ago.

Justin, along with members of Troop 477, refurbished the landscape by removing dead trees, branches and leaves and resetting grave markers. He then built a wood bench with donations from Rustic Contracting, a local contractor, and the local lumber and hardware store, Greenwood True Value.

The final touch was setting the bench on a concrete pad near the entrance for visitors to enjoy.

Justin is a sophomore at Warwick Valley High School. His family lived in Greenwood Lake until last August when they moved to Pine Island. Troop 477 is a relatively new troop based in Greenwood Lake.

Justin is an avid outdoorsman which is why he loves scouts. He signed up right at the very first orientation meeting at the end of kindergarten and has been an active and enthusiastic scout ever since. He also served as the Den Chief for his brother, Hunter’s Cub Scout den every year of Hunter’s Cub Scout “career.” Hunter just became a Boy Scout in February, joined the troop and was able to help with his big brother’s Eagle Project.

Justin has also been an active volunteer at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center for almost three years.

Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, offered this perspective on the project:

“I almost didn’t recognize the cemetery,” Barron said in an email exchange with The Warwick Advertiser. “The last time I saw it, it was a plot of overgrown land with dead trees and downed branches nearly burying the original grave markers.

Justin and his Troop cleared the land, righted the markers and outlined the graves with stones making them visible. One can now see that it is clearly an old cemetery and not just a wooded lot,” she added. “ He cleared the original entrance and built a beautiful bench at the front. It was a labor intensive project and Justin has restored a long forgotten pet cemetery dating back to 1949.

“Finally, it took Eagle Scout Justin Endrikat to begin the restoration,” Barron said. “After all of these years, I am thrilled and amazed that this is actually happening. Our organization simply could not get this done without outside assistance and I am so grateful that the Boy Scouts, with Justin in the lead, managed to make this dream a reality. We, at Warwick Valley Humane Society, are so proud of his achievement and well earned Eagle Scout induction. He embodies all that it means to be an Eagle Scout.

“Thank you, Justin and Troop 477,” the Humane Society president added,” for your labors of love for long gone but not forgotten beloved pets.”

Justin also thanked his fellow scouts of Troop 477 for all their hard work and his sponsors, Rustic Contracting and Greenwood True Value, for their help in making his Eagle Service Project a success.

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Warwick Valley Humane Society once again joins the ASPCA  in their

              Go Orange for Animals campaign during April
Warwick Valley Humane Society plans to hang orange ribbons throughout the Village and asks businesses and residents to wear and/or display orange ribbons and show their  support.

We need the public to be our eyes and ears and report any and all suspect neglect or abuse to our confidential cruelty telephone number at






STEPHEN HOEY poses with his sister, Kathleen Henderson in front of “Bowie”. — THANK YOU ADAM @VILLAGE BILLIARDS … for hosting this wonderful event to help our Homeless Residents!!! —  HOEY

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Warwick Valley Humane Society
P.O. Box 61,
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Warwick, NY 10990
Phone: (845) 986-2473
Fax: (845) 987-8995

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