PHILADELPHIA GOES TO THE DOGS – THE FUR BALL AND THE GOOD DOG EVENTS held on the same night!!
Last Saturday Philadelphia went to the dogs when there were two animal charities holding their events on the same night because of scheduling snafu’s. On one side of Market Street at the Loews Hotel was THE 3RD ANNUAL GOOD DOG GALA and across the street at the Marriott Downtown was the 11th Annual Fur Ball to benefit the Morris Animal Refuge. Recently I announced that PhillyChitChat will be taking on the project of creating a “Conflict Calendar” and well this would have been one of those times it would have come in handy (I actually discovered the two events on the same day a few weeks back and notified someone, but it was too late; it was ashame too as you know they pull from the same crowd). I did get to the bottom of the scheduling problem too; every year the Good Dog event is held on the eve of the Oscar’s and the Fur Ball just picks what they think might be the best date with the venue that they desire. (SO PR PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ANNUAL EVENTS SO THAT I MAY CREATE THIS CALENDAR. I am also accepting info on minor events, but with attendees of 50+ for the conflict calendar, even if it’s a private event just so it’s noted)They didn’t realize that as scheduling would go it was the same day as the Good Dog event, but as karma would have it both events were right across the street from each other, and although the crowds didn’t mix as some folks had their dogs with them, both organization honored the same women for their dog gone goodness. The Honorary Chairperson was Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Assistant District Attorney Barbara Paul, who is Philadelphia’s Special Prosecutor for Animal Abuse Cases, was our honored guest. (This shot was taken at The Fur Ball)Girls Night Out!!
They say that some owner look like their dogs, although I don’t think that’s true but I bet they both are relaxed
Mike and I were surprised at how good the dogs were, and didn’t see any accidents
Serena Cohen & MooseHmm there’s something that feels wrong about wearing leopard print to a doggie event
I’m thirsty just looking at him
Two adorableArdis Lukens with Ivan who she calls a Lancaster Scrheech which is a better name than a mutt she said
The Good Dog event seemed like a good place to meet new friends
it was crowded
I ran into a fan of Philly Chit Chat: Craig and Karen Tropha and friend Megan VetriErin Elmore interviews guests as she holds her pooch BoboPuttin on the Ritz
and they lived happily ever after and I went over to the Fur Ball across the Streetwhere there were no animals in sight, but some folks were willing to pull out their phones and show me their pets.
Shelly Coppola, Bill Serecsuts, Archana Patel and Ronald Piramide
Shannon Walsh and Elvin Knight; Shannon has a dog Misfit, who is cute and adorable, although the pound said she was going to be bigger dog. Elvin well after some hesitation said he has commitment issues and isn’t into having a dog. Things that make you go hmm?
Mike, Natalie Hope McDonald, Meg Rider, Blair Weikert and Rob Saxon. Rob was out celebrating his birthday at the Fur Ball while also helping a great cause.Although actually animals were missing there were a few of these
Jamie Reibenbach and friends. Jamie is now working with Mission Grill – Open Bar from 10pm-1AM for $30. There will be complimentary chips&salsa&guacemole(it’s incredible, by the way) and a few other surprises that you’ll have to see for yourselves! There will also be a FABULOUS DJ. Oh, by the way….For those of you who are not aware, I am now the Sales Director for Mission Grill. SO, all questions pertaining “where to go”, “what to do”, “where to eat” COME SEE ME! I’ll take care of you…. Lauren Reilly, Pete Eisenmann, Glenn Zieve, Richard Hertz and Jamie Reibenbach. (It was a total accident that I watermarked it there, sorry)Dara Patrusky, Audrey Rigsbee and Will DeTurck enjoy the festivities. The following night Dara and Will threw an Oscar Party at Mad River Bar and Grill Manayunk ~ benefitting Morris Animal Refuge!
I had a nice chat with Alycia Lane about her pets (She even let me use two of her pet photos for this entry – Thanks Alycia!!). She whipped out her phone and must have scrolled through 20 pixs of her beloved Chloe, George and Kenya the 95lb beast.
Alycia, Chris Booker, John Bolaris, Lauren Nelson. John MC’d the event and stayed for the entire time before running across the street with the gang to check out the cute pooches.
Here she is with 5lb Kloe and 95lb Kenya