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Nancy Tabb Marcantel with rescued dog

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Nancy Tabb Marcantel

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 Nancy Tabb Marcantel & Haile Swindell 

Feinstein’s at the Regency

Feinstein’s at the Regency welcomed Nancy Tabb Marcantel in her New York debut giving a benefit performance in celebration of the Animal Rescue Foundation and Labs4Rescue. All of the proceeds from the $250 ticket will aid in the rescue rehabilitation and placement of animals affected by Hurricanes Rita Katrina and Wilma.

Ms. Marcantel hails from the heart of Cajun Country in southwest Louisiana. Be it Cajun, country, pop, classical, Broadway or rhythm & blues, music has always been a big part of her life. In 2000 she released her first album, “Ma Louisiane,” the largest selling Cajun release up to its time. In the course of one short year, she recorded two albums, was featured in a French television documentary, made the cover of the New Orleans Times Picayune Dixie magazine, played every major festival in Louisiana, and ended with the grand finale of singing on the Seine River in Paris over the national French radio network! 

However, there is another side to this woman’s life that affects many many other lives in need. As president of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana (ARFLA) Nancy has dedicated a large part of her life to saving the lives of abandoned or unwanted animals. This organization is committed to rescuing, obtaining necessary veterinary care and placing animals in loving, responsible homes. Since the hurricanes wrecked havoc on the southern states, Nancy has rescued numerous animals and taken some into her own home. 

Labs4Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and finding permanent loving homes for abandoned or displaced Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Mixes. These dogs have long been over-bred in the South and Midwest. As a result of this over-population, many purebred Labs and Lab mixes end up in “high-kill” shelters, where they are only available for adoption for a few days before being euthanized. Labs4Rescue is responsible for placing over 850 Louisiana dogs in loving homes over this past year alone.

Also appearing last Monday night with Ms. Marcantel was a very special guest, Nola, one of the many hurricane victims rescued and brought to New York. Great efforts were made to get her out of New Orleans and then to evacuate her again from Lake Charles as the second hurricane approached. Eventually she ended up in the care of Dr. Jen Bonczinski, an orthopedic surgeon at the Animal Medical Center here in New York. After her recovery process, Nola was adopted by Dr. Bonczinski and her husband Jean-Paul Petrie.

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