A fundraiser that went to the dogs

Local,Anne Boone Simanski
It was “all paws on deck” at the recent Little Ben’s Cruise for Compassion to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Many of our four-legged friends were in attendance at the Annapolis event, including Ben himself, a Jack Russell terrier who was part of a successful ALDF rescue from a puppy mill.

Ben now enjoys life in Annapolis with Michelle and Larry Kownacki, owners of Paws pet boutique. Out of their appreciation for the ALDF’s efforts, Paws began hosting this event each year to raise money and awareness.

“We thought, what better way to raise money for this cause than taking a cruise around Annapolis with other pet lovers and their dogs,” said Michelle Kownacki. Lifelong animal activist Madeline Davis added a pre-cruise raffle, which enhanced a great silent auction.

And both pooches and supporters, which included Kara Annonio, Debi Zanetich, Carolyn Kilborn, Lorraine Snebold and Julie Nefferdorf, grooved to the entertainment provided by the Dan Haas Trio.

“Ben and these rescues inspire us and make us smile every day,” said Michelle Kownacki. “And if Ben could talk he would thank the ALDF for continuing to fight for animals.”

Did all this fun pay off? No bones about it, the cruise raised $10,500.

It’s in the bag

Welcome home to the Land of Pleasant Living for Senior Tour golfer Donnie Hammond, who originally hails from Frederick. Donnie competed this past week in the high-profile tourney at the Baltimore Country Club and had a special person “on the bag,” which for non-golfers is code for caddy. Baltimore County District Court judge Bruce Lamdin, a regular caddy on the LPGA tour, took some vacation time to be Donnie’s caddy.

By the way

Scene and Seen’s contribution to Phelps mania is this. After his star-studded homecoming last week, Michael and his family left Fort McHenry and headed over to Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore.

They dined in a private boardroom, where they shared a center cut iceberg salad, a double filet, green beans, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and the dessert trio. Just thought you would be interested.

Found out through the latest issue of US Lacrosse magazine that its 2009 convention will be held Jan. 16-18 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The keynote speaker? Cal Ripken, according to the article and director of special events at US Lacrosse, Sarah Oglesby. “[Cal’s]  philosophy of sports has had an impact on sports fans everywhere.” For more info, go to

Speaking of lacrosse, when the Maryland Club’s clubhouse manager N. Kevin Bareham heard that a member’s daughter had broken her jaw playing lacrosse, he and chef Curtis Eargle came to the liquid-only rescue. Eargle whipped up a couple of quarts of his cream of crab soup and shipped them to the University of Cincinnati freshman.
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