Restaurateurs honor their vet with Humane Society benefit

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ST. THOMAS - The Old Stone Farmhouse is hosting a fundraiser and memorial for beloved veterinarian John Moore, who died suddenly in April.

The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Stone Farmhouse and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of St. Thomas' spay and neuter program.

Old Stone Farmhouse manager Claire Spesak and her husband and head chef Chris Spesak decided to organize the tribute and fundraiser as their way to honor Moore's memory.

Moore was their vet and he saved the life of their dog, Claire Spesak said.

"We really trusted him," she said. "We wanted to do something to honor him and all he's done for the island and the animals."

The Spesaks worked with their wine distributor, West Indies Company, Bellows International and Prestige Wine Group, which donated the wine for the event. Their food purveyors also donated items that will allow the restaurant to serve a range of hors d'oeuvres as well.

"It should be a nice little reception," Claire Spesak said.

She was floored when every single one of her employees volunteered to work the event for free.

"The fact that my entire staff was willing to work for free and give up their entire day off really meant the world to me," she said.

In addition to the wine and food, a raffle will be held with great prizes, she said.

Moore's wife and business partner, Marilyn Moore said the event is a nice thing to do to honor her husband's memory. She said he was so dedicated to taking care of the island's animals, and he always volunteered his time and resources to spay and neuter dogs and cats.

"It's what he spent his life working on and it does help the community become more compassionate which we certainly need," she said. "I think it's a nice gesture from the community."

Tickets are $95, and only cash and checks made out directly to the Humane Society of St. Thomas will be accepted.

"We want to make sure that 100 percent of the proceeds go right to the cause," Claire Spesak said.

Tickets can be purchased at the Old Stone Farmhouse or at Moore Veterinary Clinic in Red Hook.

For more information call 777-6277.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email

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