On June 1, 2008, peace4paws.org presented The Yoga Benefit Event to raise consciousness and funds for the animals of research and related areas.  Money was donated to two prominent animal charities, and to the rescue of Blackie. The event included yoga, breakfast buffet, raffle prizes, art exhibit, live music, vendors, health exhibitors, information tables, and Nationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Nancy Megna of NEAVS. The Yoga Benefit Event was attended by one hundred people.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE HUGE TURNOUT WE HAD FOR THIS EVENT!  WE EXCEEDED OUR GOALS IN TERMS OF PARTICIPANTS!  THE EFFORT ON THE PART OF ALL OF THE peace4paws.org 2008 VOLUNTEER CREW and ALL OF OUR DONORS WAS TREMENDOUS.  THE OVERALL RESPONSE  WAS OUTSTANDING AND WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL, ESPECIALLY, OUR RESCUE BLACKIE! No one is happier than Blackie!!! Allow the photos below to tell the story of our Yoga Benefit Event of June 2008. 

[Our first participant is greeted by Lauren, Denise, Jennifer and Alyssa.]
[Denise Egan leads the class] [Denise Egan Inspire Compassion] [Amanda Leslie entertains with Jennifer Cece on keyboards] [Sam sings beautifully orginal music and covers.] [Samantha Boudrot and Uncle John collaborate for the animals!] [Art Exhibit, Pascack Hills Support peace4paws !] [Local Artists show compassion to the animals!] [Alex Boudrot, Vicky Charron,Sue Boudrot, Sam, Jenn, Denise, Lauren, Alyssa]  

Many thanks to these caring animal advocates for their efforts in making our opening event such a success: 

The Yoga class was supported by Juluka Yoga Studio, owner, Mandy Grant, and their volunteer teachers, such as Denise Egan and students.  

Yoga was followed by a gigantic breakfast buffet, managed by chef Vicki Charron. Additional food was donated by Westwood's Jack's Cafe, The Rolling Pin, Michaels Bagels, Egan's cookies, DePietro's Brownies, and Sue Boudrot's fruit platter ( Trader Joes). Sue Boudrot facilitated the donation of linens, table settings and centerpieces. 

Art exhibitors featured the work of Alex Boudrot and the art department of Pascack Hills High School, Emil "Rocky" Fiore, Hannah Bellon, Jene Nickford, Eran, and Ginger.  Health exhibitors included Dr. John T. Cece, chiropractor.

Raffle prizes were donated by Westwood Pets, Park Cleaners of Lyndhurst, Tony D's, Granita Grill, Golden Bagels, Juluka Yoga Studio, Lewis Drugs, The Body Shop, Tease Salon, American Woman, Hoop Dreamz, The Nail House, Cork and Keg, Laughing Lotus, Doie Designs, The Pet Lodge, Parian Jewelers, Watch Out Jewelers, Jennifer Cece Vocal Studios, Westwood Feed, Westwood Health and Fitness (Sandra Rosario).  The raffle table was prepared and designed by Alyssa Vinas and Adeline DePietro. 

Glorious music was performed by Samantha Boudrot and her Uncle John Boudrot. 

Our keynote speaker, Nancy Megna, a long time member of NEAVS (www.NEAVS.org) spoke to us from the heart and experience.  She has over ten years experience rehabilitating monkeys who had served time in research.