Canine Companions Benefit and BVCA Holiday Party

Lore Waegerle and Zellman


Townsend Thorn and Marco


Ann Barile and Lore Waegerle


Linda Hotchkiss and Tea

Several members of the Bay Village Civic Association are actively involved with Canine Companions. They train companion dogs until they are ready to “graduate” and live with someone who would benefit from their skills. One BVCA member has enjoyed a better quality of life with her latest dog for twelve years. Special thanks are extended to Ann Barile, Linda Hotchkiss and Tea, Townsend Thorn and Marco, as well as Lore Waegerle and Zellmann for providing such a wonderful presentation at a November membership meeting. On a cold and blustery night, those in attendance were amazed and inspired by the compassion and skills of the trainers, recipients and their dogs. Consequently, the Board of the civic association decided to offer financial support to the organization. At the Bay Village Civic Association Holiday Party, recently held at Vittorio’s, a raffle was held. The $350 proceeds from the large wine basket raffle was given to Canine Companions. Ann Barile and Tea stopped in to offer their gratitude. The winner also has a family member connected to CCI. She donated the basket to her for a future fundraiser for Canine Companions. It became the “gift that keeps on giving”! For more information about the Bay Village Civic Association, go to or follow them on Facebook. Canine Companions can be researched at

Below are pictures from the BVCA Holiday Party at Vittorios’s

President Joan Donnison presenting the basket of cheer to Al James

Ann Barile and her companion Tea


Richard Handler and Jill Yarmosh


Ann and Ed Tringo


Emily and Phil Troiani


Hal and Lorraine Schad


BVCA President Joan Donnison, AFD Chief Jeff Erath and Mayor James Wandell


Mary Calabrese and Richard Handler


Trustees Dennis Siry and Kevin Smith


BVCA Board members Carolina Anderson, Joanne Fisk, Diane Mellish, Doris Reynolds, Barbara Strick, Joan Donnison, Julie MacLean


Judy and Emil Pavlik

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