Mayor's Column
mayor The Voorhees Animal Orphanage will hold its 18th Annual Woofstock on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Connolly Park. It is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Orphanage.

Woofstock will feature festivities for animal lovers of all ages and their leashed pets, including pet contests, music and food. There will be an alumni parade, microchipping for $25, and appearances by the Mummers, Master Chef Joseph Poon and animal communicator, Dr. Liz Severino.

The event will also include a Flea Market from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Admission is a $1 donation, but senior citizens and children under the age of 12 enter for free.

The Animal Orphanage is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for animals and people through compassion, respect and education. A nurturing environment of caring and commitment is evident in everything they do.

Since 1988, the Animal Orphanage has been providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals until permanent homes can be found. Each year the Animal Orphanage takes in nearly 1,500 abandoned, unwanted stray and owner relinquished animals. In 2009, the Animal Orphanage rescued 275 adoptable animals from high kill shelters along the east coast. All of these animals would have been euthanized. Every animal in the shelter receives individual consideration, whether the animals are healthy, elderly, underaged, sick or injured. The shelter and its volunteers care for approximately 150-200 animals on a daily basis.

Programs include an animal shelter and adoption center, a re-homing program, a foster care program, a mandatory spay and neuter program, volunteer opportunities and humane education classes for school children and the general public.

For more information about Woofstock, the Flea Market or the Animal Orphanage, visit or call (856) 627-9111.

** On Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Voorhees Town Center will host a Community Day/Back to School event that will include a People's Choice Car Show, a DJ, kids' activities and more!

** Our Summer Twilight Series concludes with our annual Movie Night in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 13. Disney's popular movie Frozen will be shown on a state of the art digital LED screen. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connolly Park and is free.

** The 6th Annual Chad Gunther Memorial Dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the E Lounge, 807 Route 70 West in Cherry Hill. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and will include jazz music by The Thursday Night Band followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m. Entertainment will also be provided by The Rivers Rockabilly Trio. Tickets are $55 per person. This year, the organization plans to use some of the funds raised to assist community programs in Gibbsboro and Voorhees as well as the Bancroft Special Olympics. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Peter Oteri at, Sherry Berman-Robinson at, Leona Oriolo at, Larry Winitsky at or Steve Becker at Donations can be sent to the Chad Gunther Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 404, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043.
Voorhees, New Jersey
2400 Voorhees Town Center
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: (856) 429 - 7174
Fax: (856) 429 - 3766
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