2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights Sizzles
2018 Tuxes & Tails was a night to remember as animal-loving guests drank, dined, and danced with fervor to support their shared passion for ending animal homelessness. While the event’s “Nordic Nights” theme drenched the Tampa Convention Center in wintry blues, sparkling snowflakes and silvery stars, the atmosphere sizzled.
The pre-program cocktail hour and VIP Lounge featured more than 70 adoptable dogs and cats who had no trouble warming hearts in the 1,100+ person crowd. As dinner was hailed by the haunting drone of a viking horn, guests were treated to entertainment by Event Show Productions that brought glitter and glitz to the runway throughout the evening.
Master and Mistress of Ceremonies Russell Rhodes and Cynthia Smoot from FOX 13 welcomed the crowd with Humane Society of Tampa Bay CEO Sherry Silk who then introduced a film featuring the Society’s lifesaving work followed by onstage appearances by some of the pets featured. Honorary Co-Chairs Lisa DeBartolo, Nikki DeBartolo and Auctioneer Gabriel Butu-Boyle roused the room to action during the program and helped the event raise nearly $530,000 for the animals. Once the final gavel of the Live Auction fell, attendees were treated to a high-energy runway show with event sponsors, Humane Society supporters, and Tampa Bay personalities sharing the stage with adoptable dogs.
The celebration was continued on the Riverwalk at an Apres-Ski themed after party complete with coffee cocktails, poutine, cigars, shotskis and, unbelievably, snow. Guests threw back and kicked up their heels to tunes from DJ Corey to celebrate the evening’s success which included 48 adoptions.
“We could not have asked for a better turnout or evening,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Special Events Manager Ornella Varchi. “Our supporters’ love for animals and the generosity of their spirits was palpable. Thanks to them, we’ll have the resources needed to care for thousands of animals through the end of 2018 and into the new year.”
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay would like to thank the 2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights Presenting Sponsor The Brink Foundation, Best in Show Sponsor An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, Ties & Tiaras sponsors Antinori Family, Gerald and Suzie Archibald/Tampa Coin, BlueGrace Logistics, Cypress Boutique, Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs, Nikki DeBartolo and Sheriff Chad Chronister, Periodontal Health Center, Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun, The Yerrid Foundation, and many other incredible sponsors who can be found on our event website at TuxesTailsTampa.com
The Society has already booked the Tampa Convention Center for October 12, 2019 and Tuxes & Tails Noche de Fiesta; mark your calendars!