Pawpurrazzi Raises Close to $500,000 for the Humane Society of Greater Miami

Pat & Milton Wallace with Chloe, Jake and Hanna

Pawpurrazzi is nothing like any other charity event in town. Where else do you see 500 of the leading people in town with more than 350 dogs, all dressed to the nines, gather together to enjoy an all-American down home but very elegant party? The answer: Nowhere in the country. Pat and Milton Wallace, the bone-afide chairpeople for the second year pulled off a miracle by making sure that all two and four-legged guests had a wonderful time at Pawpurrazzi 2010. No stone was left unturned and everyone’s needs were catered to. The best part is that the event raised approximately $500,000 and five dogs were adopted that evening.

People and dog watching is the ultimate activity here. Dogs were treated to ice cream, make-overs, a Purina doggy bar and more, while their owners sipped on cocktails, provided by Bacardi, and munched on an array of comfort type hors d’ouevres—the sliders, hot dogs, sweet potato French fries and small cups of tomato and broccoli soup were mmm mmm good and a yummy treat—while mingling with other guests and bidding on items from the silent auction. The impressive auction was chaired by Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks, Dadeland, Marisa Cisneros and Ann Rubino, three people who know luxury.

Nancy & Jon Batchelor, Sandy Batchelor

After cocktails, the guests moved into Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, fabulously designed by Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, and enjoyed a sit down dinner and a fantasy come true dessert buffet of sundaes, smores, brownies, cupcakes which were provided by Stella’s Sweet Shoppe, cookies, and every scrumptious thing you can think of that is not on your diet. Then they were treated to the highlight of Pawpurrazzi 2010, the “Great Pets Who Walk In Front of Great People” show where honored guests and their dog(s) were featured on the runway. This part was hosted by CBS4 anchor, Cynthia Demos. Then when you just couldn’t imagine the evening getting any better, members of University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts performed songs from the musical CATS, which was generously underwritten by GrayRobinson P.A.

Top Dogs and Best in Show, The Batchelor Foundation, represented by Sandy, Jon, and Nancy Batchelor, received special acknowledgement because of its generous contribution to the event. Kirk Landon and Pamela Garrison were applauded for being the first Pawpurrazzi founder-inductees in the Hall of Fame. “Their generous support has been invaluable to our success and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts”, said Pat during her welcoming speech. Special thanks were given to corporate sponsor, South Motors, and their mascot, Luky Dascal. Guests who were singled out for their commitment to the organization included Bunny Bastian, and Marisa Cisneros-Rizzon, who were the Humane-itarians and Best of Breed. Animal Ambassadors and Star Dogs included Dr. Fredric Brandt, Yvonne Eldredge and Emily Damiano of the Victor and Emily D. Damiano Charitable Trust, Barbara and F.W. Mort Guilford, Mary Ann and Sherrill Hudson, and Linda and Patrick McEnany.

Bunny Bastian, Raphael, Kateri, Marika, and Holt Boink with King and Skipper

Diplomats and Doggie Darlings were: Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz, Sam Blum, Bob Brunn, representing Ryder Charitable Foundation, Lady Beatrice Clancy, Anna May and Eugene Conese, Joyce and Skip Dickerson, Jeanette and Ted Fine, Melanie and Ryan Herman, Christina and Robert Hudson, DJ and Steve Kerr, Irene and Chris Korge, Helene and Marc Kovens, Carmen and Juan Lopez, Jackie and Jorge Munilla, Jennifer and Richard Postrel, Ann and Frank Rubino, Kathie Schlesinger, Sookie and Bob Schwartz, and Glenn Singer, Mayor of Golden Beach, Sandy Zankl, Allison and Steven Zelkowitz.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.

For further information please contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or online at laurie@humanesocietymiami.org