2009-06-04 / News

Help islanders raise money for Potter League

Jamestown has five residents on the board of The Potter League for Animals. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Jamestown has five residents on the board of The Potter League for Animals. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten The Potter League for Animals hopes for of support from Jamestown when it holds one of its biggest fundraisers of the year this Sunday, June 7.

Jamestown residents Nonie O'Farrell, Judith Enstone, Kathy Managhan, Kim Renk and Ellen Winsor are all members of the board of directors at the shelter in Middletown and they will put their feet to the pavement as they participate in the Heart and Sole Walk For The Animals.

The new board members have joined together as a team and islanders can show their support by sponsoring them in the walk.

The Potter League has over 80 years of humane care of homeless animals, leadership nationally and service locally.

Here is an introduction to the five board members.

Nonie O'Farrell

"My family has always loved animals. My husband, four boys and I have had eight Potter pets over the years, plus two other adopted shelter dogs and a barn cat. We are lucky enough to live on a beautiful Jamestown farm where we raise Scottish Highland Cattle, for pedigree shows, and beef.

"Our farm also hosts several horses, plus sheep, pigs and chickens. In many cases these are heritage breeds and all are raised naturally and humanely.

In spite of being busy with school and sports, my kids are very involved with the farm. This has given them a strong sense of responsibility as caretakers of these beautiful creatures. For the same reasons, we support the Potter League which does such an amazing job to help the animals which are part of our community," O'Farrell said.

Judith Enstone

Judith Enstone's "two golden boys," Morgan and Stanley, have happily promenaded in the Jamestown Dog Parade every year. "The parade shows how many people love and own dogs in Jamestown," Judith said.

"Polar opposite personalities, Morgan and Stanley are two breeds of goldens: English and American. In the UK, goldens are blond, much stockier with square heads, more like labs. American Goldens are thinner with longer noses, and more red. I have always had goldens," Judith said.

A Potter League board member with a graphic design business, Judith has designed many of the Potter League's marketing and promotional materials.

Kathy Managhan Kathy Managhan, new to the board, is a self-described semiretired attorney. She is a partner in Houlihan, Managhan and Kyle, and also partners with Lilly, her second English setter, on East Shore Road.

"Lilly is from the English Setter Rescue League in Connecticut. My first setter I rescued years ago from the Potter League," Kathy said.

In between setters, Kathy adopted a yellow lab.

"The lab lived for about a year and a half at the Animal Rescue League of South Kingstown," Kathy said, and added, "I 'own' three feral cats, obviously spayed since I've had the same three for the past several years."

In 1992, Kathy moved to Jamestown. Kathy owns a horse and rides dressage.

Kim Renk

Board member Kim Renk loves rabbits. Her adored and pampered rabbits live in her barn in Jamestown.

Entrepreneurial Kim, and her husband, also live in NYC, where she is owner of Sequin, a jewelry design manufacturer.

Many Jamestown residents will know Kim indirectly through the Potter League's "Critter Glitter." This jewelry for women and girls is featured at special sales at Potter League, most recently for Mother's Day in the new "Green" building lobby. A plaque in the new building recognizes Kim as the "Critter Glitter Queen."

The Potter League, to honor and thank Kim, has named a Feature Window room in the new Green building after Kim Renk, benefactor.

Ellen Winsor

Ellen Winsor ran for the Jamestown Town Council two years ago. In her campaign literature was a photo of her beagle Coco, who has since died from cancer.

In 2004, Coco's cancer prognosis gave her two to four months to live at seven years of age; yet, Coco died at 11 years old in 2008.

Ellen researched medical literature and put Coco on two phytochemicals used in two university human bladder cancer clinical trials, plus Coco received excellent veterinary care.

A clinical trial featuring one phytochemical is being formulated with two leading medical and veterinary schools, with the interest of the president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

A veterinary clinical trial of Coco's second phytochemical has been underway since 2007.

Budget and mission

"The "Honoring their Trust" capital campaign continues so that we meet our commitment. Donations to the Heart and Sole Walk For The Animals fund raiser provides needed day-to-day funds for the operating budget to foster our mission at The Potter League For Animals," Winsor said. "The board members invite you to display Jamestown's backing of The Potter League for Animal's "Green" leadership, operational budget, and mission that benefits our environment while helping homeless animals thrive."

Residents can make donations online, via the secured credit card link at http://www.firstgiving.com/ Jamestownboardmembers. All proceeds go to benefit homeless animals at the Potter League for Animals. To send a check directly, made payable to the Potter League for Animals, mail to P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840. To phone in a donation, call 846-0592, ext. 125, and ask for Susan Ryan.

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