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35 pets adopted and more than $360,000 raised for homeless pets
There was magic in the air at the 14th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The sold out event took place on Saturday, October 22 at the Tampa Convention Center where more than 1,000 guests helped raise more than $360,000 and found homes for 35 animals.
“The positive feedback has been overwhelming,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “Our staff, volunteers, sponsors, and committee members worked exceptionally hard to make this event the best party in town, and while we are thrilled that we succeeded in that regard, we are most touched by the community’s tremendous outpouring of support that will sustain our life-saving work for animals.”
Guests enjoyed cocktails, silent auction, and adoptable pets in a glittering Arabian Nights atmosphere followed by dinner, live auction and runway show featuring adoptable pets. The Convention Center’s ballroom was enchanted with swathes of rich fabric, sparkling lanterns, and spellbinding entertainment provided by Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions. An after-party with complimentary cigars, hookahs, and drinks closed the evening in style along the water at the Sail Pavilion.
A successful event committee was led by Honorary Co-Chairs Gayle Sierens Martin, Sanna Grundberg (“Better Half” of Victor Hedman) and Sandra Porzio (“Better Half” of Steven Stamkos). FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes served as the evening’s Mistress and Master of Ceremonies. Notable appearances during the runway show included Commissioner Ken Hagen, Tampa Bay native and Houston Astro’s pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr., Mayor Dick Greco, and top event sponsors.
Top Sponsors for the event were as follows- Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals- in honor of Stanley and all the other adoptable cats and dogs from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay; Ties & Tiaras: BlueGrace Logistics, Lakeland Automall/Greg and Meredith Balasco, Mark & Kimberly Moore, Harvey and Cherie Schonbrun, The Yerrid Foundation; Catwalk: The Lightning Foundation.
The 15th Annual Tuxes & Tails will take place on October 14, 2017 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at the Tampa Convention Center.
Watch the inspiring video premiered at the event: