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$220,000 Raised and 42 Adopted at 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails

Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala. $220,000 was raised through a combination of ticket sales (sold out), live and silent auctions and guest contributions. Most importantly, 42 of the 58 animals left the event with new families.

“There is no doubt, this was one of the best parties Tampa Bay has seen,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “More than 950 animal lovers turned out and we made sure they had a wonderful time. Our supporters are integral to our work, we quite literally could not function without them. Because of their generosity Saturday night thousands of animals in need will be saved.”

The Tampa Convention Center was transformed into the Moulin Rouge, complete with red curtains, chandeliers and Can Can girls. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party, silent auction, dinner, a live auction and a fashion show featuring adoptable pets along with Moulin-Rouge-style entertainment provided by Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions. An after-party with complimentary cigars, drinks and live music closed the evening at the Sail Pavilion.

FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes served as the evening’s Mistress and Master of Ceremonies. Notable appearances during the fashion show included Commissioner Ken Hagen, Retired TPD Chief Jane Castor, and the Ray’s DJ Kitty, along with top event sponsors.

Event Co-Chairs Kelly Feldman and Brooke Palmer Kuhl led a successful committee and added a wealth of expertise and community connections resulting in the most successful Tuxes & Tails to date.

Top Sponsors for the event were as follows- Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, BlueGrace Logistics, Lakeland Automall, Kimberly & Mark Moore, The Yerrid Foundation; Ties & Tiaras: Merrill Lynch; Catwalk: Suzie & Gerald Archibald, Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions, Landon Outreach Foundation, Mastro Subaru of Tampa, The Mosiac Company, and Verizon.

Tuxes & Tails Maquerade Turns Heads!

“We All Wear Masks” features adopted pets who went through difficulty but are now thriving. The video was written & directed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for 2014 Tuxes & Tails. It was produced by Nabors Media Group.

Krista Sparkman Photography

Krista Sparkman Photography

The 12th Annual Tuxes & Tails was the most successful event in its 12-year history! Not only did we have a record number of attendees (704) who helped us raise more than $144,000, but 19 homeless pets found forever homes. To us, that is the most important accomplishment.

The evening of Saturday, October 11, 2014 began with a lively cocktail party and silent auction complete with live music, appetizers, photo ops on the red carpet and festive stilt walkers from Busch Gardens!

The revelry continued in the Tampa Marriott Waterside’s Grande Ballroom with dinner and a program featuring the moving video posted below, a live auction, and a fashion show starring Tampa celebrities and our adoptable pets. Runway favorites were Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Savannah, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Bentley, and Retired New York Yankee Tino Martinez and Chopper. Many thanks to Downtown Dogs for donating the runway costumes for our pets.

Event Co-Chairs Letitia McKibbon and Meredith Balasco enjoy the party. Krista Sparkman Photography

Event Co-Chairs Letitia McKibbon and Meredith Balasco enjoy the party. Krista Sparkman Photography

Once again, FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes did an outstanding job as Mistress and Master of Ceremonies, adding their charm, wit and intelligence to the festivities.

The evening ended with a moonlit after-party where guests enjoyed after-dinner drinks and complimentary cigars along Tampa Bay’s glittering waterfront.

We are deeply grateful to all the sponsors, contributors, attendees, models, staff and volunteers who made the event such a wonderful success. We’re already planning for next year!

Tino Martinez and Chopper make their way down the catwalk. Krista Sparkman Photography

Tino Martinez and Chopper make their way down the catwalk. Krista Sparkman Photography

Event Sponsors
Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, Lakeland Automall, The Yerrid Foundation; Catwalk: Suzie & Gerald Archibald, BlueGrace Logistics, Kforce, Mastro Subaru, Mosiac, Vivint; Model Purrfect: The Antinori Family, Avion Park Westshore, In Memory of Gatsby (Bauer), Bright House Networks, Greenberg Traurig, Lyda Lindell, Letitia McKibbons, Merrill Lynch, PAR, Inc., RBC Wealth, PNC Wealth Management, TECO Energy, Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc.; Pretty Paws: Chad & Julia Barba, Lenny & Cheryl Chew, The Lightning Foundation, Liz Long, Merck Animal Health; Bark Of The Town: Bayer, Central Vacuum Stores, First Citrus Bank, Forns Design & Construction, Kimmins Contracting Corporation, Norm Lombardi, Penn Veterinary Supply, Zoetis; In-Kind & Media: American AVC, Associated Watch & Jewelry Buyers, Breezin’ Entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa, Downtown Dogs, Fine wine & Spirits Warehouse, Jackson Entertainment, J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Krista Sparkman Photography, Nebraska Printing Company, Inc., The New Barker, Photography by Norman Mark, Pepin Distributing, Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, Tandova, Inc.

Courtesy of Krista Sparkman Photography

Tampa Bay Shows Deep Passion for Pets

On May 15, 2014, citizens from across Tampa Bay showed their strong dedication to helping homeless pets by raising more than $190,000 for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at their annual Passion for Pets fundraising luncheon. The event, themed “The Time Is Now To Save More Lives”, was held at the Tampa Hilton Downtown where more than 400 guests enjoyed an hour-long luncheon and program.

Several adopted pets took center stage as their owners told their stories. An inspirational video highlighting our core programs was shown and guests got to mingle with 11 of our adoptable pets; five of them found forever homes!

Special thanks to our presenters and speakers; Christa Bauer and Carolina, the Reverend William Baugh, Kelly Evans and Lilly and Lulu, Michele Gregory and Dunken, Sherry Silk, and Cathy Unruh.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is also grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of this event:

    Gold Sponsor– PAR, Inc.

    Silver Sponsors– The Antinori Family, Vivint

    Bronze Sponsors
    – Adcock Financial Group, The Bank of Tampa, Fifth Third Bank, Forns Design & Construction, GulfShore Bank, Hill Ward Henderson, Maxi-Blast, Inc., Sit Tampa | Boutique Pet Sitting & Dog Walking; TECO, and USAA Foundation.

The film, “The Time Is Now” was written and directed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and produced by Nabors Media Group.

Thanks to Krista Sparkman Photography for taking photos of the event.

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