PAWS of CNY Brings Smiles and Tail Wags to the Manlius 4th of July of July Parade

Pet Therapy Manlius
PAWS of CNY volunteers proudly marched in the annual Manlius Fourth of July Parade on Monday, July 4th. Volunteers included Martina St. Ledger, Beth Tollar, William & Joanne Coe, Etsuko & Kevin Campbell, Rick Casper, Yvonne Rugg, Susan Stepien, and Lisa Garofalo.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who brought their certified therapy dogs and family members to the parade to represent our organization!

Special thanks go out as well to all of those who have served in the armed forces as we celebrate our independence.

PAWS of CNY Attends Exelon Nuclear Plant Health and Wellness Fair

Oswego Pet Therapy

By Mary Beth Coniglio

One June 24 PAWS of CNY Volunteers Diane Rogers, Mary Berger, Sue Vaughn, Karin Laskowski, Audrey Sauer, Holly Besaw, Jessica Marabella and Ronna Richardson attended the Exelon Nuclear Plant Health and Wellness Fair with their certified therapy pets. The event combined the organization’s annual wellnes fair with their “Take Your Child to Work Day,” giving families an opportunity to come together to celebrate wellness, and one another.
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Get Ready for the 5th Serving of The Soup Bone Golf Tournament!

5th annual soup bone golf tournament
Florence Peters was a dedicated PAWS of CNY (formerly Sunshine Friends, Inc.) volunteer. Flo was a special woman who loved dogs and was a committed member of our organization. Flo and her husband Jim started an annual golf tournament event several years ago, and the tournament now lives on in Flo’s memory. For the past four years, the Soup Bone Foundation has been kind enough to donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to both Hospice of the Finger Lakes, and PAWS of CNY.

This year’s Soup Bone Golf Tournament will be held on September 25th at Millstone Golf Course in Elbridge, NY at 9:00 am. Hundreds of golfers and lunch guests will be attending this year’s event.

Please help PAWS of CNY to support this year’s Soup Bone Tournament with a purchase of a Ball Drop Raffle raffle ticket! The event’s ball drop has been a huge success for the past four years! Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each or 5 for $20. Each raffle ticket corresponds to a numbered golf ball. When the balls are dropped onto the course from the top of a fire truck ladder, the closest to the pin will win $1000! Second place wins $500, third place wins $200, and fourth place wins $100! Contact us for information on purchasing ball drop tickets.

Watch a video of last year’s ball drop

Please help us to make this year the biggest and most successful tournament yet!

P.S.: Want to know why the event is called the “Soup Bone?” Read Jim and Flo Peter’s story here!

PAWS of CNY Teaches Girl Scouts in Cortland About Pet Therapy

Cortland pet therapy presentation

By Mary Beth Coniglio

PAWS of CNY volunteers Kathy Reynolds and Jessica Marabella had an opportunity to give a presentation to a team of Girl Scouts in Cortland about the benefits of pet therapy. The volunteers discussed the mission and focus of PAWS of CNY, including what a therapy dog does, where they go, what type of work they do, as well as the certification process.
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