By Matthew Hacke | Photographs by Charlie Magovern
WHO: Over 750 guests
WHAT: Humane Animal Rescue’s first combined organization gala raised over $500,000 that will be used to help offset costs for products and services the organization provides to the community.
WHERE: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
HIGHLIGHTS: Attendees enjoyed a delicious — mainly vegan and vegetarian — meal and an open bar featuring two signature drinks: the “Spay” Breeze and “Mosc-Owl” Mule. Jonny Hartwell, a DJ at 3WS, provided the evening’s playlist, as attendees bid on live and silent auctions. Prizes included Pittsburgh Penguins tickets, VIP tickets to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and a Kiawah Island getaway. The night was capped off by a fund-a-need video, which showcased all that Humane Animal Rescue does at its shelters and wildlife center in the region. Adoptable animals and educational wildlife were also brought on stage during the video, much to the crowd’s delight!
“It was amazing to see the Convention Center Ballroom filled with over 750 animal lovers in attendance to support the animals in our care at Humane Animal Rescue.” — Dan Rossi, Humane Animal Rescue CEO