Making A Difference Gala September 18, 2021
A Special Thank You from DAWS
Our 14th Annual Making a Difference Gala was a huge success, surpassing our goal and raising over $138,000 in support of the life-saving work provided to thousands of animals each year.
Over 140 guests joined the outdoor celebration at the beautiful Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT, while over 100 participated virtually from home. A touching tribute was made to honor Dr. Cary Brenner, for his twenty years of outstanding veterinarian care. The entire DAWS team was honored for their essential service, especially during these challenging times. Cheryl Rykowski was officially named by the Board of Directors as the first Director Emerita for DAWS. Rich Minor from 98Q returned as host and succeeded in keeping guests energized and also serving as auctioneer. Live Music performed by Bobby Morrill.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, and Gina Amenta – Director of Operations, we thank our sponsors, guests, supporters, volunteers and event committee in making our first hybrid event such a success. Special thanks to event chairs, John Madaus and Jennifer Zinzi. If you missed our event please take a moment to watch our tribute to Doctor Brenner as well as our mission video highlighting just two of the thousands of stories where DAWS is able to make a difference thanks to your continued support.
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Dr. Cary Brenner
Dr. Cary Brenner earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from Iowa State University in 1982. He has been practicing in Connecticut since 1983 and he has lived and worked in the Danbury area since 1988. He has owned two local practices including one where he still works – Fieldstone Veterinary Care in New Fairfield. He worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Danbury for 10 years as well as at several other local practices. He also traveled to many veterinary practices performing diagnostic ultrasounds.
Dr. Brenner began working with DAWS in 2002 and during his almost twenty years of residence, he has cared for tens of thousands of animals. In addition to the spay and neuter surgeries, general examinations, and low-cost clinic procedures for pet owners and local rescue partners, Dr. Brenner also supports the trap, neuter and release program to decrease animal overpopulation. Over the years he has handled countless emergency situations, maintaining his calm demeanor (with a little help from Jimmy Buffet playing).
Despite battling a life-threatening illness that is now thankfully in remission, Dr. Brenner continued to support DAWS last year in what turned out to be a record-breaker with almost 2,500 clinic services performed! Even with a compromised immune system in the midst of the pandemic, Dr. Brenner could not be deterred from helping DAWS fulfill its vital mission.
At home, Dr. Brenner enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. He also has two DAWS rescues, a sweet dog named Annie and a cat named Pineapple. When not caring for animals, he enjoys relaxing at the beach and reading. DAWS is proud to honor Dr. Brenner for his years of service and dedication to DAWS and the countless animals whose lives he touched. We are grateful to the entire clinic team, staff, and dedicated volunteers for their essential service to DAWS.
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