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Stars Will be Out Friday Night at Humane Society Annual Meeting


Nov. 29, 2005 –– Stars from the states will be on island Friday to help celebrate stars of St. Thomas at the Humane Society of St. Thomas' annual meeting and awards ceremony. The event celebrates 49 years of community service.
Officer Annemarie Lucas, star of the award-winning television reality series Animal Precinct, will be the keynote speaker. Lucas is a special investigator for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Humane Law Enforcement arm. Well known in national animal care circles, her lifesaving work was honored last month in a special episode of the show on the Animal Planet network, and she was recently named the ASPCA spokesperson.
And equally well known in the St. Thomas animal care world, Humane Society president Joe Aubain will be receiving a honor Friday –– the Points of Light Foundation volunteer award.
Traveling from Washington, D. C. Evelyn Oladokun will present the award to Aubain. The national foundation's award and recognition program celebrates the success of community volunteers, "ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, friendship and care," according to the foundation's Web site.
Dottie Gray will receive a lifetime achievement award for her work in developing feral cat trap-neutering-release throughout the island for almost a decade.
Animal activist Randy Knight, chairman of the Humane Society's Capital Campaign Cabinet and owner of Knight Quality Stations, will give an update on the Animal Care Campus that he has led the charge to build.
The evening will also recognize the Animal of the Year, Community Advocate of the Year, and Pubic Servant of the Year. These winners have not yet been announced.
The public can see the recipients by showing up at the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. at Mahogany Run Golf Club. Along with society members, the public is invited to the event.
Admission is the cost of becoming a member of the society.
The society is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations. Led by a membership of about 2,000, the organization takes in about 3,000 dogs and cats a year, several of whom find new owners or are reunited with their old owners.
Elmore asks those planning to attend to call 775-0599 and reserve a seat no later than Thursday.


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