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.

2015 Tuxes & Tails Photos by Justine Jackson-Ricketts

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Busch Gardens Tampa for sending our friends from Jungala to help entertain our guests!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway! Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway! Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway! Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway! Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Downtown Dogs for outfitting our pets and making them even more adorable on the runway!

  • Thank you to Event Show Productions for the amazing entertainment!

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