Animal Friends hosts 2-part Black Tie & Tails fundraiser at its shelter
Trying to get out of Animal Friends without a car full of furry companions proved to be the challenge of the century for a crowd of 350 who arrived sans willpower Sept. 26 for Black Tie & Tails.
Offering her alcohol in exchange for a promise to adopt, Ali Good worked hard on her mom, Dr. Lisa Cibik, who shrugged her shoulders in defeat.
Unofficially dubbed the “kids party” for the weekend-long gala, Sept. 26's “Running at Large”-themed cocktail party welcomed the likes of board chairwoman Marleen Ashton, emcee Jimmy and Hedy Krenn, Melanie Werner andMichael Costanzo, Jon Lusin, Dawson Dindauere and Dustin Matos, Bob andJanine Fragasso, HowardAsh, John andGina Carlos, John Weinstein, Clyde Jones, Scott andSue Lammie, and Kimberly Honath and Wayno. There, a tour of the Ohio Township facility resulted in an overwhelming chorus of adoration as volunteers held court with an irresistible coterie of furballs.
“Most of all, you have the thing that holds it all together, and that's love,” said Patrick McDonnell, honorary co-chair with his wife, Karen O'Connell.
The next evening at the shelter, the black-tie, “Collared and Tagged”-themed “adult party” kicked off with a welcome from co-chairs Michelle Bartlett, Sarah McKean and Cindy Russell and the arrival of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephenand Mary Zappala, Dr.Stanley andNikol Marks, and June Yonas andErik Wagner. With all that support — including the 2,400 volunteers who last year alone gave 200K hours of their time to the shelter — it was impossible not to leave with a lasting impression.
“We're changing the lives of pets and people throughout the region, and we can't thank them enough,” said prez David Swisher, with his wife, Patty.