WOOFstock performance raises more than $8,500 for new Warwick animal shelter

| 13 Jun 2019 | 03:14

On Saturday, June 8, about 500 visitors enjoyed an all-day live music performance by popular bands like New York Retro Rocker, Way Behind The Sun, The Armonia Band, The Ric Skinner Band and Jerry the Bulldog along with duos Cohen & Klee and Fisher & Keen and DJ $hark.
The event, sponsored by Radio WTBQ (AM 1100 and 93.5 FM) and Tom Lovelace, raised approximately $8,500 - and still counting.
And all proceeds will go to help benefit the Warwick Valley Humane Society's campaign for a new animal shelter.
Lovelace, who hosts a Saturday music program on WTBQ and who also arranged for the bands to appear, welcomed the guests and reminded everyone that this was a celebration of three 50th anniversaries:
• The Warwick Valley Humane Society's animal shelter'
• Radio WTBQ;and
• The famous 1969 Woodstock music festival.
After receiving a $500,000 state grant and approximately $325,000 in additional funds, the Warwick Valley Humane Society launched a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to build a $1.5 million state-of-the-art animal shelter.
The new facility would help to solve the society's overcrowding as it provides shelter and support for hundreds of rescued dogs, cats and other animals.
The Warwick Valley Humane Society serves the towns of Warwick, Chester and Tuxedo.
During the WOOFstock performance, guests also had an opportunity to sample a variety of foods and refreshments served by popular food trucks.
"I want to give a big thank you to Frank Truatt, Taylor Sterling and Tom Lovelace at WTBQ," said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. "They are already planning for a bigger event next year so this year we had the first annual Woofstock and it was a wonderful help for our capital campaign."
- Roger Gavan