October 2, 2017 The 2017 Tuxes & Tails RIO CARNAVAL is sold out. Last’s years Arabian Nights sold out one week prior to the festivities, to have reached capacity at two weeks out is unprecedented for the event. Last year’s success as well as the buzz created by the event’s popularity have led to an increase in both sponsorship and ticket sales. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will welcome more than 1100 guests at the October 14th festivities where they will aim to raise more than $360,000 and find loving homes for more than 60 homeless pets.
September 19, 2017 On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will host the 2017 Tuxes & Tails Fundraising Gala from 5:30pm to 11:00pm at the Tampa Convention Center. ‘Rio Carnaval’ will offer an enchanted evening in the tropics, hosted by co-chairs Beau Williams and Andrea Gonzmart Williams, 5th Generation Columbia Restaurant Group, and more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend. Reservations are limited and can be made at TuxesAndTailsTampa.com.
The evening will begin with a cocktail party and silent auction complete with adoptable pets, entertainment, and complimentary beer and wine (a VIP Lounge with open bar and special entertainment is available for $5,000+ event sponsors). The pre-function festivities will be followed by dinner, a high-energy show featuring Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions, a Live Auction, and a runway show emceed by FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes, where adoptable pets take center stage. When the lights go down on the catwalk, animal lovers will continue the revelry at The Landing as they enjoy libations, dancing, Brazilian coffee, and complimentary cigars at the event’s signature after-party.
“Last year’s ‘Arabian Nights’ sold-out and raised $360,000 for our homeless animals,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Special CEO Sherry Silk. “This community is so generous and supportive of our programs. They love animals and they love a good party; we offer an evening with both and are confident that ‘Rio Carnaval’ will break last year’s all-time record,” she said.
The 2017 Tuxes & Tails fundraising Best in Show Sponsors include The Brink Foundation, and An Anonymous Friend of the Animals. Recognition of all event sponsors is available at TuxesAndTailsTampa.com.