Permitting for new Tri County Shelter Ok’d, Capital Campaign begins


By: Dale King Contributing writer
BOCA RATON, FL – The new shelter planned on the campus of Tri County Animal Rescue (TCAR) on Boca Rio Road in West Boca is getting closer to being shovel ready.
The permitting process for the expanded and upgraded facility is done, and the capital campaign is starting, TCAR Executive Director Suzi Goldsmith told an audience of 667 people at the 14th annual TCAR Doggie Ball last month at Boca West Country Club.
The April 10 event was important for several reasons, she said. It marked the 20th anniversary of Tri County Animal Rescue, which was founded by the late Jeannette Christos and Goldsmith in 1996 with 150 volunteers. Originally called the Tri County Humane Society, the name was changed two years ago to reflect its task of saving animals, nursing them to health and providing adopted homes or permanent placements in the 100 per cent no-kill facility.
Goldsmith received the Jeannette Christos Award “in recognition of her 10 years of unwavering and unselfish dedication to TCAR and all animals in need.” Christos passed away several years ago, but her husband, Bill, and family were in attendance at the Doggie Ball.
It was also announced that Sharon Di Pietro, who chaired this year’s Doggie Ball, has been named chairwoman of the TCAR Board of Directors. Ken Ronan is vice chair and legal counsel.
Speaking during the event, Di Pietro said a Tri County Diplomat Society has been chosen, a group that includes people who have long supported the shelter and advocated for animals. “They have been by our side for many years and have unselfishly provided the essential financial security each year of at least $25,000 to enable Tri County Animal Rescue to fulfill its mission.”
Founding members of the society include Marta Batmasian, Lois Pope, Ari Rifkin, Barbara Brunckhorst, Betsy Green and Thomas Sawicz, Ardath Rosengarden and Herme de Wyman Miro.
The Doggie Ball is the largest fundraising event for TCAR. Di Pietro said the event this year raised more than $650,000 for the nonprofit organization.
Master of Ceremonies was Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, who recently made national news as the prosecutor who decided that Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for presidential candidate Donald Trump, would not be prosecuted for alleged simple battery on a member of the news media during a March 8 visit by Trump to Jupiter.
Aronberg, a former state senator, has also been cracking down on animal abusers. Nearly two years ago, he prosecuted a Delray Beach man for animal abuse after the suspect allegedly left his pit bull, Bella, outside without adequate food and water to the point of near-starvation. The pet came close to dying before being rescued by county animal control officers, who have since placed her into an adopted home.
Di Pietro said Aronberg has also been working to shut down so-called “puppy mills” that try to sell unhealthy and poorly bred dogs to the public.