Published On: Thu, Apr 25th, 2019

Tri-County Animal Rescue Announces $2 Million Gift for New Hospital at Annual Doggie & Kittie Ball

Tri-County Animal Rescue held its 17th Annual Doggie & Kittie Ball to benefit canines and felines on April 14 at Boca West Country Club. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of a $2 million gift by philanthropist and long-time supporter Lois Pope.  The announcement was made during a special tribute and the funds will help build the organization’s new animal hospital on the expanded campus.

During the Doggie and Kittie Ball, more than 500 guests enjoyed the old world “casino saloon” themed event which included gaming tables, a lavish dinner, and a silent auction and a live auction with auctioneer and MC Neil Saffer.  The evening was capped with dancing to live entertainment by the Steve Chase Band, Dawn Marie and Alexandra Lewis. Vocalist Arni Steinberg performed in the sweet suite. The star attractions were the 10 Boca Raton firefighters who paraded with adoptable dogs down the red carpet.  Three of the dogs were adopted on the spot.

“We’re so pleased and forever grateful for the trust that Lois Pope has so generously placed in our organization by making our vision for the Tri-County Animal Rescue clinic a reality,” said Sharon DiPietro, Board Chair and Doggie & Kittie Ball chair.  “We are proud to have named the new hospital the ‘Lois Pope Pet Clinic.’  Lois has been supporting Tri-County for more than 20 years and her incredibly generous gift will enable us to save the lives of many more dogs and cats, now and in the future.”

The event chair was Sharon DiPietro. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sergio DoRosario served as honorary chairs.   Silent auction co-chairs were Susan Merkel and Laurie Udine.  Long time Tri-County supporter, Jeri Caprio, was the recipient of the Jeanette Christos award. The Grand Marshal Doggie was Figi, owned by Jeff Zapeolan and the Grand Marshal Kittie was Addison, owned Ted Campbell.

“It was high energy from the time guests walked in the door until they left and we had an additional element of excitement this year. Guests could dance in two different rooms and there were gaming tables in two rooms, as well,” said Ms. DiPietro. “We were particularly pleased that so many of our local politicians attended and supported us and we rolled out the red carpet for the firefighters who walked it with adorable adoptable rescue pups.”

Proceeds from the event will enable Tri-County to continue its life-saving work, provide safe haven, nutritious food and veterinary treatment until animals can be adopted.

For more information, call 561-482-8110, ext 3 or visit

About Tri County Animal Rescue:

Tri-County Animal Rescue believes that every cat and dog—regardless of breed, gender, temperament, etc.—deserves to live a happy and healthy life. The organizations mission aims to shelter and provide a comfortable home for all animals placed in its facility.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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