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Visitors show love for the animals

Marleigh Andersen draws the winner of a raffle held by Vicki Rios and her husband, Rob Rios (not pictured), while Andersen’s classmates Brooklyn Payne and Lola Potter watch in anticipation. The Rioses are frequent visitors to the island who sought to support the St. John Animal Care Center with the raffle, which raised nearly $2,000 for the island’s only no-kill animal shelter. The raffle prize was a charm donated by Derek Atchley of St. John Coastal.

“We love St. John and everything the ACC is doing here,” said Vicki Rios. “We were hoping for a couple hundred dollars and we raised about $1,800, plus a few people purchased some of the ACC’s wish list items on Amazon. We’re really grateful that everybody was so generous.”

ACC Shelter Manager Ryan Moore said stateside supporters like the Rioses make a big difference for the nonprofit organization.

“It means a great deal to us to have such wonderful support from people who vacation and travel to the USVI like Rob and Vicki,” said Moore. “We work hard within the community but to be able to reach donors from all parts of the U.S. is huge for us in terms of the success we have. We have many wonderful local donors, but we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the stateside donations and fundraisers. These folks not only play a huge role in funding us, but also helping us with adoptions and transporting dogs and cats stateside as well as volunteering while on island.”


Daily News photo by ANDREA MILAM  

Supporting Bahamas relief

A check for $3,100 is gifted to Rotary District 7020 Governor Delma Maduro on behalf of the Rotary Club of St. John. The local Rotary partnered with Bajo El Sol Gallery, which donated two paintings, one by Livy Htichock and another by Aimee Trayser, along with a $250 gift certificate to the gallery, to raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas. The prizes were raffled off, with ticket sale proceeds going to District 7020, which covers 10 countries including the Bahamas. “The Rotary’s intention is to help others,” said Rotary Club of St. John President Harry Daniel of the motivation behind the donation.

The funds will be given to the Rotary Club of the Bahamas, which will determine the appropriate way to use the money for hurricane relief.

“The Rotary Club of St. John is showing, in a very tangible and meaningful way, their support for the people of the Bahamas who have been devastated by Dorian,” said Maduro. “The Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas really appreciate the love and support of their fellow Rotarians.”

Pictured, from left, are Audley Maduro, Rotary District 7020 Governor Delma Maduro, Rotary Club of St. John President Harry Daniel, Rotary Club of St. John Secretary Teri Mandemaker, Bajo El Sol Gallery co-owner Priscilla Hintz Knight, Alecia Wells of the Rotary Club of St. John, and Assistant Governor for District 7020 Al LaBorde.