Animal Rescue League gala grows in popularity
Patience proved to be a virtue for those awaiting entree into Cruze on Feb. 26, thanks to a line that snaked its way onto Smallman Street and a downpour that tried (but failed) to be a deterrent for the 500-plus descending on the Animal Rescue League's B*tches Ball.
“Last year, we had about 200 people, so it's grown tremendously,” said marking director Ann Yeager.
The atmosphere of the party resembled that of a snow globe — shake it up and see what happens. “A lot more fun than most,” said Joe Vater, who was one of many alongside Judy Krause, Barton French, Marla and John Zerrer, Tim McVay and David Bush, Bill Chisnell, Jim Sheppard, Jared Pascoe and Levi Hahn.
“The first year we did it, the staff came to me with the concept, and I said, ‘Ah, I don't know. … Pittsburgh may not be ready for this.' (But) no regrets at all. The focus of this is to raise awareness for spaying and neutering. … If we can get one more animal spayed or neutered, it's a success,” said executive director Dan Rossi.
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