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In Honor of…Randy Price


Randy Price is fine—great, really—and CSRNE has not established a fund for his lifetime care. I’ll describe the Fund in a moment but first some background about CSRNE’s relationship with Randy.

The day 22 years ago when Randy Price agreed to be the Joey Fund Honorary Chairperson was a very fortunate day for CSRNE. We knew Randy and his husband, Mark Steffen, raised beautiful show cockers and that Randy was the charming news anchor for WCVB Channel 5 but we never thought he’d have the time to honor a small, unknown rescue like we were then. But he did and he changed the course of events for CSRNE forever.

No one has single-handedly raised more money for the Joey Fund or brought more publicity to CSRNE than Randy. His personal live auction donations always got hot bids. Randy’s tour of his news station followed by dinner with Randy (for 2, 4, 6 or however many) went for huge final bids—and then he’d offer the same to the runner-up bidders!

He also donated visits to their beautiful home on Kittery Point with a tour of the elegant gardens he and Mark had created. And he organized all the auction attendees to do a “Good Morning, New England!” shout out and then he aired it on the live morning program “Newscenter 5’s EyeOpener.” He even auctioned off his wonderful voice as the outgoing message on someone’s answering machine!

But life goes on. In the coming year, Randy and Mark are planning some big changes in their lives that don’t involve snow and ice. So, this was Randy’s last year as our Honorary Chair of the Joey Fund Auction. (By the way, Randy is the only person to attend all 22 auctions.)

CSRNE has decided the best way to honor the years of Randy’s time and enormous talent that he has so selflessly given to homeless, neglected cockers is to establish “The Randy Price Lifetime Care Fund.”

We have special needs cockers that don’t find forever homes so CSRNE places them with caregivers with advanced skills where these dogs can live out the rest of their lives, stress-free with people they trust, at CSRNE’s expense. Beginning this year, the Randy Price Lifetime Care Fund will help us pay for the care these special cockers need for as long as they live. Thank you, Randy and Mark, for inspiring this fund.

Even though Randy and Mark are relocating to South Carolina, our fondest hope is that they will always venture north for an October fall foliage tour, including a stop by the Joey Fund Auction to say “hello” to their many CSRNE friends.

Please donate to the Randy Price Lifetime Care Fund (Randy will be notified of every donation to this fund).