Pets and beloved vet remembered on St. Patrick's Day

Mohawk House hosts party, charity and tribute

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  • Blush, the band, gives a true tribute to friend Dr. Michael Ramieri on Saturday, Mar.17 at Mohawk House Photos b y Rose Sgarlato

  • Terri Ramieri, widow of Mike Ramieri with friends. From left: Caroline Allias, Terri Ramieri, Gabby Ciufo, Sue Goldberg at Mohawk House.

  • Heather and Scott Fradgen of Vernon add their pet food donation to the many at Mohawk House.

  • The Morris County Police Pipers & Drummers came marching in Photo by TOP

By Rose Sgarlato

– Even if you are not Irish, there were many reasons to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Mohawk House last Saturday.

For one the sun was shining and the weather was a bit warmer, giving people a glimmer of hope that spring is near after three consecutive snowstorms. And if you were just celebrating your Gallic heritage, Mohawk House was a festive place with Irish fare, plenty of beer and Morris County Police Pipers & Drummers making a special afternoon appearance.

With all of that to celebrate, many friends, family and patients of Dr. Michael Ramieri also came out to honor the veterinarian who passed away suddenly on January 24. Owner of Mohawk House Steve Scro organized a fundraiser for Sussex County Food Pantry to honor the vet’s love of animals.

People were invited to donate much needed pet food, toys and treats to Sussex County Food Pantry. And based on the looks of the 12 x 15 foot stage that was filled with a variety of food supplies and dog treats, the community was happy to give.

“The St. Patrick’s Day celebration was another opportunity for Mohawk House to connect to the community while honoring Mike Ramieri and giving back to the food pantry,” Scro said

The evening entertainment was provided by Blush, friends of Ramieri, who performed a tribute to him.

Ramieri’s wife Terri weighed in on the evening.

“Saturday night was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the life of Michael Ramieri, who was a person who gave back to our community," she said. "We received so many donations for the Sussex County Food Pantry to feed all the hungry dogs and cats of needy families in our area. I could not be more grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community since my husband’s tragic death. Taking this opportunity to pay it forward would’ve made him so proud. I could not think of a better way to honor his memory and to celebrate him as well as his contribution to our community. I also want to thank Steve Scro and everyone at the Mohawk House for all the support they’ve given me and my family over the last two months. I could not be more grateful for the way everyone in our community has stepped to help my children and me during this difficult time.

"I’m so happy to be able to give back in some way.”

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