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Rancho Coastal Humane Society Honors Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens!

"I am truly grateful to everyone who came out to support our event and the animals. It was a wonderful evening commemorating all our successes and all the people who helped to make Rancho Coastal what it is today. We have had an amazing 50 years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the animals we all love so much." - Jim Silveira, Rancho Coastal President / CEO


Over 250 people came to the Del Mar Country Club October 2nd, 2010 for a very special event. The evening celebrated the 50th Anniversary Anniversary Gala for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The event also celebrated and honored two very special animal heroes, Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens.

The Pickens have done many wonderful deeds. Among them, arranging for the evacuation of hundreds of homeless pets from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, improvements for the retirement life of military service dogs, helping to fight against horse slaughter for human consumption, and leading the way to porte ct more than 30,000 wild mustangs from slaughter houses overseas via support of H.R. 1018, the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act.

Christine Penrod with T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens, Jim Silveira and Chyba!


True animal heroes they are. They also are leading the way for smarter energy sources and greater national independence via energy capturing windmills but that is another topic!

The evening started with cocktails, exquisite appetizers from the Del Mar Country Club, and a lot of admiring for Manager Christine Penrod's beautiful dog Blossom, and Madeleine's dog Chyba.

Chyba is a retired military dog. One of the many things learned that evening is that until recently, many military dogs were euthanized after their service. These well trained dogs are now part of a big rescue effort. With Madeleine and T. Boone involved, you know these dogs will gain a big voice and live an enjoyable life in retirement.

Guests continued the night with a buffet style dinner, DMCC perfect, and some toasts and awards to the Pickens including one presented by County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price.

Over $100,000 was raised that evening helping Rancho Coastal Humane Society's mission to save animals. The 5 pronged effort includes:

1 - The Military Working Dog Memorial Fund - To honor military dogs that have served. And by the way, on average a military dog saves over 150 soldiers in its career. The memorial will be established in Cricket Park

2 - Animal Safehouse Fund - During domestic violence, Rancho Coastal Humane Society offers the unique service of housing and caring for a pet while its owner relocates to a safe environment.

3 - TLC Fund - Helping specifically to care for San Diego's growing homeless animal population.

4 - Humane Education Fund - Reaching over 15,000 children a year, this program educates kids about animals, and the importance of being kind to animals.

5 - Shelter Beautification Fund - Maintaining the shelter for the health of the animals.

Special supporters for the event also include Simran and Bill Noon, Mrs. Rigby Slight, Lori Walton, James Greenbaum Sr., Jim Greenbaum, John D. Gardner, Michael Berg, Diane and Chris Calkins, Pam and Jerry Cesak, Dawn Danielson, Jamisen Fox, and Bonnie Wright.

By the way, Christine Penrod has been a terrific supporter of animals in many of the above mentioned ways..... And the Pickens are to be applauded one more time.... they underwrote the evening!


Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, and Christine Penrod for their terrific dedication to the rescue and welfare of animals!!


To learn more about the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, please visit www.rchumanesociety.org


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The Beautiful Entry Table Display at the Del Mar Country Club

T. Boone Pickens ** Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens

Chris and Tim Collins

Christine Penrod with T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens, Jim Silveira and Chyba!

Madeleine Pickens with Chyba and Jim Silveira ** Christine Penrod bringing in her dog Blossom

Joy Urich, Jerry Cesak, Ron Urich, and Pam Cesak


Lt. Jeff Sferra of the San Diego Police Department with Retired Assistant Chief of Police for the San Diego Police Department (Retired) Cheryl Myers

Above and Below, Lori Walton with Kima the Service Dog

Above and Below, Simran Noon getting love from Kima the Service Dog

Jim Silveira with Chyba, the retired military dog hero!

T. Boone Pickens speaking with Mary and Paul Cannon

Above and Below, Kima the Service Dog in awe of Madeleine Pickens......Madeleine does so much for animal welfare!!

Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens meeting Scott Johnston of The Social Diary, San Diego Police Officer Retired... and the first SDPD Purple Heart Award Winner!

Kima and Blossom becoming fast friends

Christine Penrod on the move greeting Guests

Nancy Vaughn with Lori Walton

Lori Walton with Nancy Vaughn, Candace Schuman of SNAP aka Spay and Neuter, and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan


Hershell Price and Pam Slater Price

Madeleine Pickens

Lucie Berreby and Jim Greenbaum

Christine Penrod with Blossom

Simran Noon with Animal Friend

And a Photo Gallery of the Event....


A Special Thank you to the Del Mar Country Club

for Their Terrific Hospitality


reported by Margo Schwab

photoshopped by Scott Johnston

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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego County, Country Friends, the San Diego American Heart Association, and the San Diego Humane Society.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are new members of the University Club.. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are also credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.



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