Sanctuary Phase II Opening
Courtesy Ian Green Photography ©www.GreenStudiosUSA.com
On Saturday, October 26th, donors from across the state and beyond gathered to celebrate the completion of Phase Two of construction of our Ashford Sanctuary. Phase Two will allow Our Companions Sanctuary to more than double our capacity to house and rescue animals.
The two new cottages are named the Henree House and the Chelsea House.
The Henree House is named in honor of Lida Orzeck’s beloved standard poodle. Lida’s gift was part of an extraordinary joint commitment with her business partner Gale Epstein and Lida’s sister, OC Board Chair Valerie Friedman.
The Chelsea House is named in loving memory of Chelsea the golden retriever. Chelsea, who sadly crossed the rainbow bridge five years ago, belonged to longtime OC board member Chris Shivery and her husband Chuck.
The event also included the unveiling of a Remembrance Wall, created on an piece of the wall from the factory farm which originally stood on the same land as today’s animal sanctuary. Funded generously by Neil and Annie Hornish, the Remembrance Wall not only historically documents the condition of the land when Our Companions received it on 2002, but also provides information and education about the realities and impact of factory farming in our country.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who generously contributed to the second phase of our capital campaign.
Donors to Phase Two
Gale Epstein, Valerie Friedman and Lida Orzeck
Chris and Chuck Shivery
Nancy and Ron Compton
Linda and Robert Forrester
Newman’s Own Foundation
Kathy and Brad Hoffman
Neil and Annie Hornish
Lyn and Paul Johnson
Barbara Ruben and June Roy
Kathy and Patrick Sullivan
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Rita and Tom Weidman