If you’re looking for an excuse to don your dazzling cocktail dress or dashing tuxedo–while doing something charitable for animals–there are two fund raising galas on the spring calendar this year.
Although technically not in Baristaville, both of these organizations are well known to pet lovers in these parts–Pet ResQ Inc. and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.
A Fur Ball Dinner Dance, slated for Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly, benefits the work of Pet ResQ Inc., a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to saving the lives on unwanted pets. Most rescues are special needs pets, often badly abused, older or handicapped. Pet ResQ Inc., according to its literature, exists solely on donations and volunteer efforts.
Animal lover Lori Stokes of ABC Eyewitness News will attend as a special guest. Entertainment will be provided by the David Christopher Orchestra, with an appearance by Kenny Jeremiah of Soul Survivors, performing his hit song, Expressway to Your Heart.
Tickets are $150 and include cocktails and dinner.
If your dog is looking for a ball–other than the tennis variety–there’s the Canine Cotillion charity gala, set for Saturday, April 10, at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone. Both dogs and dog lovers are invited to attend this “fun and furry affair.” A cocktail reception begins at 6 PM, followed by a seated, gourmet dinner for two-legged guests served alongside their canine companions who will dine on doggie delicacies. Both silent and live auctions will take place.
Ties and “tails” are optional and guests are welcome with or without their pooches. Guests will also have the opportunity to have their portraits taken by award-winner photographers from The Image Maker, and purchase “Rescue Ropes,” which can be redeemed for prizes of equal or greater value with the proceeds benefiting the homeless animals at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Founded in 1939 by Geraldine R. Dodge, St. Hubert’s offers animal welfare services, plus dog training and humane education.
Seating is limited. Tickets are $275 per person, which includes admission for one dog.