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Animal Friends hosts 2-part Black Tie & Tails fundraiser at its shelter

| Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Coslov gets a kiss from eight-week-old puppy Gideon as her husband, Jesse, looks on during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Elizabeth Coslov gets a kiss from eight-week-old puppy Gideon as her husband, Jesse, looks on during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Chris Mason and Christina Koshzov make a red-carpet entrance with Sassy during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Chris Mason and Christina Koshzov make a red-carpet entrance with Sassy during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
Sabrina de Matteo sings as No Bad Juju performs during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Sabrina de Matteo sings as No Bad Juju performs during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Patrick McDonnell and Karen O'Connell pose with Sydnee  the cat during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Patrick McDonnell and Karen O'Connell pose with Sydnee the cat during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Tessa the elkhound and lab mix Ruby Dee get the red carpet treatment during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Tessa the elkhound and lab mix Ruby Dee get the red carpet treatment during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Shea Murtaugh and Hedy Krenn pose for a selfie during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Shea Murtaugh and Hedy Krenn pose for a selfie during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala and his wife, Mary, hold a beagle mix puppy during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala and his wife, Mary, hold a beagle mix puppy during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
Lias Butler, Lynne Nestler and Jason Venier walk toward the main party tent during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Lias Butler, Lynne Nestler and Jason Venier walk toward the main party tent during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Kathleen Beaver and Jim Krenn pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Kathleen Beaver and Jim Krenn pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Patty and David Swisher join Marleen Ashton during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Patty and David Swisher join Marleen Ashton during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Joe and Marje Wos with Kim and Wayne Hornath were among the guests attending the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Joe and Marje Wos with Kim and Wayne Hornath were among the guests attending the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Singer Jessica Winghard strikes a pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Singer Jessica Winghard strikes a pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Nikol and Dr. Stanley Marks were among the guests attending the  Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Nikol and Dr. Stanley Marks were among the guests attending the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
Patricia Elswick (center) joins friends on the dance floor during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Patricia Elswick (center) joins friends on the dance floor during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Jan Durick and Rob Aeschbacker make a red carpet entrance during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Jan Durick and Rob Aeschbacker make a red carpet entrance during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
Kristina Hout holds Paul the bunny during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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Kristina Hout holds Paul the bunny during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
Dr. Melonie Nance strikes a pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Dr. Melonie Nance strikes a pose during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
Guests mingle during a cocktail reception at the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
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Guests mingle during a cocktail reception at the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's Ohio Township location. Sept. 27, 2014.
The Doug Egdell band performs during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.
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The Doug Egdell band performs during the Black Tie & Tails gala to benefit Animal Friends at the organization's headquarters in Ohio Township. Sept. 26, 2014.

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.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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