The Willie-Coppee Fund is a joint charitable endeavor between Smith and her good friend, television writer and multiple-best-selling author Lindsay Harrison, and services clients of the CA-based Sherman Oaks Veterinary Group. The fund was established several years ago to honor the memory of their beloved dogs, Willie (Lindsay's Bichon Frise) and Coppee (Hillary's Golden Retriever), and serves to discreetly assist pet owners who may be struggling with overwhelming veterinary bills. Endowments that assist pet owners are incredibly important in today's challenged economy, as countless individuals are unable to provide routine care and medically necessary services for their furry friends.
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This adorable wood-framed cartoon by Anita Massimini Brown is from the personal collection of Hillary B. Smith. It was presented to her in 1998 by the ONE LIFE TO LIVE Fan Club when Bo and Nora (Robert S. Woods and Hillary) were voted that year's "Best Couple."
The cartoon depicts Hillary in her dressing room, smiling out at us from the comfort of her make-up chair. Posters of New York and Hollywood are on the wall to her left. To her right, with an appropriate star, is her dressing room door, which reads "One Life to Live Fan Club." Above her on the make-up mirror are the words "1998 Best Couple - Bo & Nora."
In anticipation of this auction Hillary and Bob personally autographed the back of the drawing, with Hillary adding the words "Live, Love, Donate."
The cartoon, including its very simple wood frame and blue matte, measures 11.25" x 9.25" and has been in Hillary's ONE LIFE TO LIVE dressing room since she received it twelve years ago.