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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:

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Tickets for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 14th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala are officially sold out. With more than 1,000 registered guests and 80+ sponsors for the Arabian Nights-themed event, the Society closed ticket sales late Wednesday afternoon. The Society hopes that the record numbers foretell a successful evening of fundraising for the thousands of animals they care for every year.

“We are beyond thrilled with the response to this year’s Tuxes & Tails,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “The event has grown so much in the past three years and it is evident that Tampa’s Philanthropic community is excited about the life-saving work we do and are eager to help us celebrate and support our programs.”

The event will take place this Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center from 5:30pm – 11:00pm.

The revelry will begin with a cocktail party and silent auction featuring more than 60 adoptable pets, music, appetizers, photo ops and more all in the setting of a Marrakesh Market. Dinner, a short program, live auction, and high-energy entertainment featuring adoptable pets will follow. The evening will end with complimentary cigar and hookah on the waterfront at the Sail Pavilion.

FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes will serve as the evening’s Mistress and Master of Ceremonies.

Event Honorary Co-chairs
Gayle Sierens Martin
Sanna Grundberg, “Better Half” of Victor Hedman
Sandra Porzio, “Better Half” of Steven Stamkos

Top Event Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor, 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, Kimberly & Mark Moore, Harvey & Charie Schonbrun, The Yerrid Foundation;
Catwalk: The Lightning Foundation

About Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for eight years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. www.humanesocietytampa.org.

For an unprecedented eighth consecutive year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has earned Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates more than 1.5 million American charities and highlights efficient and transparent organizations to an evolving donor base that pursues responsibility in their charitable decisions.

The 4-star rating is Charity Navigator’s highest  honor and indicates that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay exceeds industry standards, outperforms most charities in the field, and adheres to best practices and financial efficiency. Receiving this rating for eight consecutive years is an achievement reached by only 2% of charities nationwide and distinguishes the Humane Society of Tampa Bay as one of America’s top performing and most trustworthy charities.

“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is extremely grateful to our donors for granting us the means to save more than 7,000 lives each year,” said HSTB Chief Development Officer Karen Ryals. “One way we show them our gratitude is by stewarding their gifts in the most ethical way. Our donors can be confident that investing in our mission is a safe and responsible decision.”

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has served animals in the greater Tampa Bay community and throughout the southeast for more than 100 years. The Society is not affiliated with any national animal welfare organization and receives no state or federal funding but relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses to realize their mission of ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need.

If you would like to invest in saving lives, you can make an online donation or contact a member of our Development Team at 813.774.4306 or development@humanesocietytampa.org.

We received a message the morning of Friday, October 7, 2016, that two dogs had been abandoned, dumped by some trash cans in a small crate, during the Hurricane Matthew related storms the night before. We were able to rescue the dogs who had gotten loose and were in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

Francesca (black/tan) and Casanova (tan) are now safe at our shelter where they will be cared for and placed for adoption. We believe they are 12-18 month old littermates, possibly Yorkie/Lhasa Apso mixes. Although they are very dirty and have painful matting, they appear to be in good health. They will be available for adoption some time after Monday, October 12, 2016.

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