It was a sold-out event Friday evening as the Jefferson County Humane Society hosted its second-annual St. Paddy's weekend "Dueling Pianos Party" at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
And that made Sally Wehr a very happy president of the nonprofit organization whose mission it is to prevent animal cruelty, assist needy animals and advocate on their behalf.
A crowd estimated at 500 turned out to be entertained by "Smokin" George Winters and Matt Safranek in a show that's billed as "an interactive, request-driven voyage of sing-along and comedy" with music from numerous decades performed via audience request and with audience participation.
Dueling Pianos performers “Smokin’” George Winters, seated, and Matt Safranek with Sally Wehr, right, president of the Jefferson County Humane Society, and back left, society volunteers Marian Taliani and Amanda Coulter
-- Janice R. Kiaski
"We're doing this again because it was so successful last year, and we raised quite a bit of money, and we were able to buy equipment and completely outfit the medical rooms that we can do surgeries in-house at the shelter and do spays and neuters," Wehr said.
"It's just fantastic that people come out and support us," Wehr said. "People do enjoy it - the show is fantastic. I think it's fun."
Wehr explained that the humane society relies almost exclusively on donations and volunteers. Anyone who would like to volunteer, can contact the shelter at (740) 264-6888.
"We really appreciate the support of everyone who came out tonight," Wehr said of the event attendance.
A project at hand for the humane society is work on a policy and procedures manual for the shelter. "We're excited about that," Wehr said.
In addition to Wehr, other officers are Kathy Gagin, vice president; Debbie Welsch, secretary; and Helen Fox, treasurer.
Donations to the humane society are always welcomed and appreciated, according to Wehr. Checks can be made payable to the Jefferson County Humane Society and sent to P. O. Box 233, Steubenville, OH 43952.