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Yorkie911 Rescue and PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico, two amazing rescues working together to save animals here and in PR, and SuperYou Fundation held a fundraiser at the Crest Hollow Country Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Three organizations  Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc., PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico, and SuperYouFundation  held a fundraiser they called “Animals, Broadway & Children” at the Crest Hollow Country Club on April 25.

About 150 guests attended to support the three great charities. Yorkie911 Rescue and PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico are rescues working together to save animals here and in Puerto Rico, and SuperYouFundation helps youth notice and celebrate the superhero qualities in themselves and others so that they feel inspired to positively impact their communities.

All guests came with negative Covid tests or were fully vaccinated. The day began with a cocktail hour in a room filled with raffle baskets of all types, from doggie steps to a wine tower worth over $1,000. Appetizers were plentiful and drinks were flowing from the open bar. Guests wore masks while checking out the 76 raffle baskets, nine grand prize baskets, and the items that would be up for the live auction later in the day.

From the cocktail room, the guests went into the ballroom for a buffet lunch followed by a program that would pull at everyone’s heartstrings. The guest speaker, director/producer Evelyn Vaccaro, showed a trailer for her upcoming documentary “For Satos Sake,” which tells the story of the Satos dogs in Puerto Rico and the rescuers’ efforts to help them on their way to a better life.

This was followed by a presentation and performance by Lourds Lane. A Filipino-American, and classically trained on piano and violin at age three, Lourdes is the book, music, lyrics, arrangement writer, and originates the role of Rise, the electric violin playing superheroine “misfit” of SuperYou Musical. Lane teaches global youth and adults to connect to their most empowered superhero selves through the educational arts and music-based 501c3 she founded, The SuperYouFUNdation.

Of course, the day would not be complete without a doggie fashion show. Designer Gustavo Ugarte of Wow WowUgarte dressed 15 dogs in his original designs to walk the red carpet.  All the dogs on the runway were rescued from PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico or Yorkie911 Rescue.

Yorkie911 Rescue has rehomed 2,000 dogs over the past 11 years. PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico has found homes for more than 600 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in the past three years.

Amedee Torres from PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Performance by Lourds Lane. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Sharmila Amico, owner of Lamantia Art Gallery. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Janelle Funari. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Lourds Lane. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Jones from SuperYou Fundation and Emcee Stacy McCoosky. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Guest speaker, Director/Producer Evelyn Vaccaro, showed a trailer for her upcoming documentary “For Satos Sake.” (Photo by Ed Shin)

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