By Jayla Andrulonis
Photography: Catherine Palladino
This year’s Ladies Hospital Aid Society’s (LHAS) “Black & White Bash,” benefitting its Pups with Purpose Program, proved to be tail-wagging night of success! Nearly 240 people and their furry friends gathered at the Senator John Heinz History Center for a black and white-dressed affair to raise funds for additional therapy dogs in the community. Guests sipped on the evening’s signature drink, a Greyhound, as opera soloist Catherine Florian’s vocals entertained during cocktail hour. A silent auction and delicious dinner was followed by a night of entertainment and dancing for two-legged and four-legged guests alike. New York City volunteer team member Caroline Loevner flew in with her therapy dog, Beau, to open up the evening’s festivities, which included the popular pet fashion show, featuring local celebrities. In its third year, the event’s attendance grew significantly and raised enough funds to provide service dogs for at least three area veterans! “The community has been so supportive, and it’s really heartwarming,” says event co-chair Debbie Henzes of LHAS. “When someone comes to you with this need, it’s so fulfilling to be able to help them in this small way.” Now that’s something to bark about!