Nothing says “party” like women in big hats. SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals, picked Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 1, to set the theme for its annual benefit, held this year at the hangar at Princeton Airport.

Several hats vied for the most attention but my personal favorite was the one worn by C.C. Cartier — co-owner with Dave Irmiter of the Maverick Pet Partners in Montgomery, which provides training, canine nutrition, and pet services — who told me she had been saving vintage materials for months to create her own hat for the event.

Nancy Fennelly, wife of Jerry Fennelly (who is trying to complete 50 good deeds this year for his 50th birthday) wanted to talk about his next good deed on Tuesday, May 4: they were going to help with a day trip for terminally ill children via private jet to Disney World, organized by the Sunshine Foundation.

The SAVE party organizers had set up a huge screen and shortly after 6 p.m. everyone stopped dead in their tracks, pardon the pun, to watch the race, often called the most exciting two minutes in sports. The winner was Super Saver, ridden by last year’s superstar jockey Calvin Borel, who also ran the 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird to victory in a mud-soaked field in 2009. But as soon as the race was over, it was back to the party, which raised approximately $100,000 to support the cats and dogs in residence at SAVE and Partners in Empathy Training (PET), a humane education program for school-age children, focusing on lower-income communities, designed to foster empathy and kindness and reduce aggressive behavior — toward people and animals alike — and to understand the responsibilities and values associated with taking care of a companion animal.

SAVE’s second annual yard sale/flea market takes place on Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 900 Herrontown Road. Donations of gently used items will be accepted until Wednesday, June 2. For more information visit www.savehomelessanimals.org. To see U.S. 1’s Facebook album of the May 1 benefit visit http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=429778&id=458639125149

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