Over 135 veterinary professionals and volunteers, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and hospital support from lower Connecticut and Westchester, New York came together on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Chelsea Piers – CT in Stamford, Connecticut to compete in sporting events to raise funds for the Animal Cancer Foundation’s mission to cure pet and human cancer. The 4th annual event was lead sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories for the third consecutive year and featured guest emcee Maria Milito of Q104.3 FM, and raised over $15,000 for comparative oncology research. The teams competed in various categories, including best team costume, best team name and best team spirit all to inspire their friends and family to donate to the cause.
Engaging in five events that included rock wall climbing, trampoline dodge ball, obstacle course race, key punch and more, the veterinary hospital teams went head-to-head to win the Grand Champion’s trophy. Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital took the Grand Championship (photo above), followed closely by Newtown Veterinary Specialists in the runner up and second runner up positions. South Wilton Veterinary Group won best team costume, High Ridge Animal Hospital‘s Hemoglobbin Trotters won best team name, and the best team spirit award went to Georgetown Veterinary Hospital. Meadow Veterinary Hospital received recognition for raising the highest number of total donations, while special recognition went to Sian Nimkoff of Georgetown Veterinary Hospital for best individual fundraiser.
Other hospitals competing and fundraising included Broad River Animal Hospital, Bull’s Head Pet Hospital, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Mount Kisco Veterinary Clinic, Norwalk Animal Hospital, The Veterinary Emergency Group of White Plains, and The Veterinary Cancer Center. Photographic services were graciously donated by Geoffrey Tischmann Photography and by Capitol Photo Booths. Prizes were donated by PetValu-US, OnStage Publications, and many other wonderful supporters.
We thank all the competitors, sponsors and generous donors for their support!