Marcone Backs Animal Rescue Foundation’s Critical Work & Helps Celebrate Tony La Russa’s Hall of Fame Induction

Wine & Whiskers returns to St. Louis to raise money for animal rescue programs & to honor ARF's co-founder, Tony La Russa
Feb 12, 2015 12:30 PM ET

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Last month, Marcone proudly supported Animal Rescue Foundation’s Wine & Whiskers fundraiser and party with a silver level sponsorship. The event not only helped raise money for ARF, but honored the organization’s co-founder and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Tony La Russa.

Many know La Russa as a living legend in the baseball world, as evidenced by his induction into the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame last summer. What may be less known about La Russa is the legacy of life-saving work he’s established through the Animal Rescue Foundation.

With a focus on strengthening the human-animal bond, “ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.” At the beginning of 2015, ARF celebrated their 30,000th adoption, an inspiring milestone that was reached when the group found a forever home for Ravioli, a 12-week-old kitten. As a corporate contributor since 2012, Marcone is thrilled to see how ARF continues to impact so many animal and human lives.

The Wine & Whiskers event, held January 16 at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, welcomed more than 350 guests who sampled local wine, beer, and foods while meeting some of ARF’s furry ambassadors. A portion of the proceeds raised were shared with local St. Louis area animal rescue organizations. 


ARF saves the lives of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them loving care and another chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF’s innovative People Connect programs strengthen the human-animal bond for children, the elderly, and other people in need. Through ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of “People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People…”® Tony La Russa and wife Elaine co-founded ARF in 1991.


Marcone Supply is North America’s longtime leader in authorized OEM appliance parts distribution, partnered across the industry with top brands like Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, LG, and Samsung. Family-owned since the beginning in 1932, and with an ongoing focus on family and community, Marcone takes pride in its strong culture of corporate social responsibility. From helping to rebuild towns hit by natural disasters, to donating thousands of pounds of toys and food at the holidays, to working with animal rescue organizations finding forever homes for cats and dogs, and beyond. Over the years, we've partnered with nearly 50 non-profit organizations, all of them particularly special to us because they serve the areas we also call home. Read more about our CSR programs and business updates at