“We All Wear Masks” features adopted pets who went through difficulty but are now thriving. The video was written & directed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for 2014 Tuxes & Tails. It was produced by Nabors Media Group.

Krista Sparkman Photography
Krista Sparkman Photography

The 12th Annual Tuxes & Tails was the most successful event in its 12-year history! Not only did we have a record number of attendees (704) who helped us raise more than $144,000, but 19 homeless pets found forever homes. To us, that is the most important accomplishment.

The evening of Saturday, October 11, 2014 began with a lively cocktail party and silent auction complete with live music, appetizers, photo ops on the red carpet and festive stilt walkers from Busch Gardens!

The revelry continued in the Tampa Marriott Waterside’s Grande Ballroom with dinner and a program featuring the moving video posted below, a live auction, and a fashion show starring Tampa celebrities and our adoptable pets. Runway favorites were Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Savannah, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Bentley, and Retired New York Yankee Tino Martinez and Chopper. Many thanks to Downtown Dogs for donating the runway costumes for our pets.

Event Co-Chairs Letitia McKibbon and Meredith Balasco enjoy the party. Krista Sparkman Photography
Event Co-Chairs Letitia McKibbon and Meredith Balasco enjoy the party. Krista Sparkman Photography

Once again, FOX 13 News’ Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes did an outstanding job as Mistress and Master of Ceremonies, adding their charm, wit and intelligence to the festivities.

The evening ended with a moonlit after-party where guests enjoyed after-dinner drinks and complimentary cigars along Tampa Bay’s glittering waterfront.

We are deeply grateful to all the sponsors, contributors, attendees, models, staff and volunteers who made the event such a wonderful success. We’re already planning for next year!






Tino Martinez and Chopper make their way down the catwalk. Krista Sparkman Photography
Tino Martinez and Chopper make their way down the catwalk. Krista Sparkman Photography

Event Sponsors
Best In Show: An Anonymous Friend of the Animals, Lakeland Automall, The Yerrid Foundation; Catwalk: Suzie & Gerald Archibald, BlueGrace Logistics, Kforce, Mastro Subaru, Mosiac, Vivint; Model Purrfect: The Antinori Family, Avion Park Westshore, In Memory of Gatsby (Bauer), Bright House Networks, Greenberg Traurig, Lyda Lindell, Letitia McKibbons, Merrill Lynch, PAR, Inc., RBC Wealth, PNC Wealth Management, TECO Energy, Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc.; Pretty Paws: Chad & Julia Barba, Lenny & Cheryl Chew, The Lightning Foundation, Liz Long, Merck Animal Health; Bark Of The Town: Bayer, Central Vacuum Stores, First Citrus Bank, Forns Design & Construction, Kimmins Contracting Corporation, Norm Lombardi, Penn Veterinary Supply, Zoetis; In-Kind & Media: American AVC, Associated Watch & Jewelry Buyers, Breezin’ Entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa, Downtown Dogs, Fine wine & Spirits Warehouse, Jackson Entertainment, J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Krista Sparkman Photography, Nebraska Printing Company, Inc., The New Barker, Photography by Norman Mark, Pepin Distributing, Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, Tandova, Inc.






Courtesy of Krista Sparkman Photography