This year, the PAWS Fur Ball broke all records raising over $750,000 with 650 guests and 200 pets attending this pet friendly party at the Drake Hotel! Board member, Judith Blazer donated $1 million the week before making this event the most successful in its ten year history.
Outside the Gold Coast Room, costumed pets and their parents paraded on the Red Carpet posing for pics before the cocktail reception and viewing the extensive silent auction items. Unique live auction packages included a portrait sitting by famed photog Victor Skrebneski that sold for $31K and a trip to Argentina that raised $11K. An evening at the 2012 Grammy Awards sold for $25K while the opportunity to have your pet featured on the cover of PAWS' 2013 desktop calendar sold for $38K!
The fun-filled night also included a dinner buffet and a doggie spa complete with masseuses! Artist Rosemary Fanti sketched so many puppy portraits that she ran out of paper for the evening. There was even a pet communicator, Debbie Weaver, on hand to predict your pet's future!
After dinner, music and dancing took place in the Gold Coast Room, Grand Ballroom and French Room with a DJ and entertainment by the Dave & Donna Duo.
Sponsors included A. Marek Fine Jewelry, McGrath Lexus/Acura, Effen Vodka, Pacifico, Schaefer's Wines, Foods and Spirits and Wirtz Beverages.
Ten years ago, when the Fur Ball started, PAWS was adopting out 400 animals a year. This year, the organization will exceed 4,200 adoptions! (Photos by Mila Samokhina and Moi!)
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