Letter: Catstravagant gratitude

RappCats, Rappahannock County’s cat rescue group, wants to thank the many persons who contributed to its successful third annual Catstravaganza Evening of Jazz Oct. 1 at Middleton Inn. It was truly a community effort and raised enough money to continue our efforts to help homeless cats get medical care and spaying and neutering service while setting aside seed money to develop a community cat shelter.

Musicians Bob Boguslaw, Dontez Harris and Monica Worth converted the Middleton Inn into the best jazz club east of the Mississippi. Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan conducted a lively auction of a weekend at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and an inspired work of light, shadow and feline personality by Ruthie Windsor Mann. Ellen Berg, Jackie Johnson, Bob Kramer, Mary Ann Kuhn, Kim Novak, Frank and Esther Schmidt, Sarah Shores and John Tole organized and planned the event. Katharine Leggett Miller and Jeff Benson produced a feast that everyone is still talking about, with able assists from Veronika Benson, John Bourgeois, Jeanne Brown, Jerry Goebel, Bob Kramer, the Schmidts, Gary and Michelle Schwartz and Judy Tole. And Thom Pellikaan ran the bar with his usual grace and good humor.

Our individual and corporate sponsors made the event possible, including BlueRidgeMac, Woodville; Pat Cahill, Huntly; CFC Farm and Home Center (Rappahannock Co-op); Mary Dobrovir, Sperryville; High on the Hog Barbecue, Sperryville; The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond; Jessamine Hill Farm, Washington; Fran Moore Krebser, Flint Hill; Martin’s, Front Royal; Dwight Matthews, AIA, Flint Hill; Middleton Inn, Washington; Rappahannock National Bank, Washington; Red Truck Bakery, Warrenton; Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Washington artist; Safeway, Culpeper; Triple Oak Bakery, Sperryville; Virginia Chutney Company, Washington; Warrenton Florists, Warrenton; Wegman’s, Gainesville; and Xpress Copy & Graphics, Culpeper.

Finally, RappCats wants to congratulate Mary Ann Kuhn, who celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Middleton Inn by hosting this event.

Pat Snyder
President, RappCats