381 Terhune Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470

The Gathering is held the third weekend in August at the “mecca” of Colliedom, Sunnybank, in Wayne, New Jersey.  Sunnybank was the home of Albert Payson Terhune, renowned dog writer, Collie breeder, and owner.  This magical place, Sunnybank, served as the setting for many of his famous dog stories.  Unfortunately, the Sunnybank house was demolished in 1969, but nine acres of the property remain for the public to enjoy.  Here you can see the  graves of the Lad, Bruce,  and Jean, as well as the graves of the other Collie greats like Wolf, Fair Ellen, Treve, and Gray Dawn at Champion Rock.  Stop by the old puppy run, and relax as the Master and Mistress did in years gone by at the Lily Pool.  The most loved of any of the Collie Health Foundation sponsored events bring fans of the Master and Collie fanciers from all over the world.  Now managed for over 20 years by our own Madam of Sunnybank, Gerrie Oliver.  The first day is devoted to the Sunnybank story, Albert and Anice, and of course the Sunnybank Collies.  Speakers bring the past back to life and the breeze brings us to understand the magic that is Sunnybank.  Saturday afternoon may be devoted to clinics, a rescue parade, lectures, or even a Gray Dawn elephant match!  The “Madam” hosts a wonderful dinner for all of her friends that is part of this glorious weekend.   The Madam has a special cake each year to fit the occasion, it is always beautiful, but hurry to get a picture!  Then it is off to bed to be fresh for Sunday’s activities.  Sunday brings us the “Virtues Match”, the Lad memorial Match and so much more.  There are silent auctions, premium items with the theme of this years’ Gathering, and promotional items from CHF, plus exciting live auctions each day.  Come join us, and hear the trumpeting barks of Collies that fill the air over Sunnybank once again.

Sunnybank, Home of Lad
August 17 & 18, 2019
The 23rd Annual Gathering at Sunnybank

Sunnybank Day Saturday

Sunnybank Walking Tour

Sunnybank Talks
Sunnybank House Kathy George
The Kennels, Kristina Marshall
Visit to Sunnybank, Judy Leathers
50 Years Ago, Marilyn Horowitz
The Centennial of Lad: A Dog, Kathleen Rais MacMurry

Canine Good Citizen Test
 & Therapy Dog Certification
Call Sue Chandler 973-696-2506 0r to Schedule

Rescue Parade Hosted by CRNNJ
See below for Entry Forms
For More Information: Karyn Hahn 201-370-4532 or

Capture the Sunnybank Spirit 
Creative Workshop All Afternoon!

Collie Day Sunday

Virtues Match 
Hosted by Carrie Lenhart, Marnus Collies
Judges: Ron Keller, Marnus
Judy Pitt, Knickerbocker
Trish Blakely, Larkspur

The Gathering Juniors Match
Judge: Judy Pitt

Lad Memorial Match 
Judges: Paul Capobianco & Jeffrey Silverman Presley

Banquet Dinner @ Portobello’s Restaurant
Saturday, August 17th, 175 Ramapo Road, Oakland, NJ
$38 Advance Reservations or $48 at Door ** Send Check Payable to “CHF” to Gerrie by 8/10 or Purchase Online:


HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 303 Union Ave, Haskell, NJ 07420
Rate $109 Double Room, Code GS1, NO DOGS – Call 973-839-4405 or

HILTON GARDEN INN, 15 Nevins Road, Wayne NJ 07470   Call 973-878-1007
Standard King or Standard Double Queen $125, Restaurant & Bar, No Pets, Service Dogs Welcome


RESIDENCE INN, 30 Nevins Road, Wayne, NJ 07470   Call 973-872-7100
One Bedroom Suite $139; Studio Suite $139; Two Bedroom Suite $239 All include Sofa Beds and Hot Breakfast Buffet
$100 Non-Refundable Pet Deposit

RED ROOF INN, 855 US Highway 46 parsippany , NJ 07054  Call 1-800-733-7663 – Code B072DOGSHW
Double Room 2 Adults $76.49 (Additional Person $2/Night)  Refrigerator/Microwave, 1 pet/Room FREE, 17 miles – 20 minutes

2019 Sunnybank Flyer, Home of Lad

2019 Rescue Parade Application

For More Information: Gerrie Oliver, 60 Columbus Avenue, NJ 07624  (201) 768-1282 –

CHF First Gathering

Rediscovered video of the first Collie Health Foundation Gathering at Sunnybank Terhune Park, Wayne New Jersey in 1997. Claire Leishman donated a large part of her Sunnybank/Terhune collection to the Wayne museum and shares her experiences and history of saving the park. With Marilyn Horowitz and Pati Merrill.