2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights

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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!

2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights Photos

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Tampa Convention Center

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2018 Tuxes & Tails Photos by the Tampa Convention Center

2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights

2018 Tuxes & Tails Nordic Nights

Senator Dana Young will join representatives from Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to welcome the Greyhound Friendship Bus to the Tampa Bay area.  The bus has been touring the state to promote a “YES” vote on amendment 13 which would phase out greyhound racing in the sunshine state. Today’s stop in Tampa corresponds with the release of the campaign’s statewide TV Ad statewide TV Ad documenting greyhound deaths and confinement practices. The previously embargoed ad will be shown at the event.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports voting “yes” on amendment 13 and stands ready to help in any way needed, including sheltering dogs released from the racing industry.

Background:
Amendment 13 is a Constitutional Amendment to phase out greyhound racing in Florida by December 31, 2020. It will appear on the November 2018 ballot. Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement and poor treatment at Florida racetracks, and every three days a racing greyhound dies.

The Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign is releasing a statewide television advertisement, entitled “People.” The ad will air in six markets statewide. It documents the death of a greyhound named B’s Moody Too, who was destroyed after suffering a broken leg during a race at Orange Park on July 19, 2017. “People” also contains footage of greyhound confinement that was released by the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in 2014 and referred to as the “truth” about dog racing, as well as a still image of greyhound confinement taken by an industry supporter at Orange Park in 2017.

About the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign
Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is a grassroots campaign working to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is sponsored by greyhound protection group GREY2K USA, the Doris Day Animal League, and the Humane Society of the United States. Amendment 13 is endorsed by hundreds of community leaders including veterinarians, local animal shelters, Attorney General Pam Bondi, the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, Lara Trump, the Florida College Democrats, Mike Huckabee, the Brevard County Professional Firefighters Local 2969, and the Florida Federation of Republican Women. To learn more, go to ProtectDogs.org, or visit the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT DOGS, 2640 MITCHAM DRIVE, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32308

Yes on 13’s Greyhound Friendship Bus will be at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Monday, October 15 at 10am to celebrate the release of Protect Dogs’ statewide TV Ad documenting greyhound deaths and confinement practices.

Representatives from Protect Dogs will be available for comment and photo ops along with HSTB staff, grassroots volunteers, and rescued greyhounds.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports voting “yes” on amendment 13 and stands ready to help in any way needed, including sheltering dogs released from the racing industry.