DEARBORN, Michigan – The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter announces that it will be going “paws-itively presidential” at the 12th annual Black Tie & Tails dinner and auction event on Friday, October 26 from 7pm until midnight at the historic Dearborn Inn. A signature fundraiser for the organization, Black Tie is targeted to raise over $100,000 in needed funds to help care for homeless animals that come through the Shelter’s doors.
Gearing up for a national election shortly after Black Tie & Tails, the theme is a playful twist on the presidential race. Instead of human candidates, the shelter will be featuring feline frontrunners and doggie delegates. In keeping with the theme, guests will have a chance to “vote” for “Mittens Romney” or “Bark Obama.”
As Friends’ Executive Director Elaine Greene explains, “The 4-legged bipartisan candidates truly take center stage. They will shake paws and cuddle with attendees, and be featured on the convention floor. Their single agenda: To find forever homes.”
One of last year’s adoptees from Black Tie will be showcased in 2012, serving as the event’s canine co-chair. “Chester” was adopted by Drs. Robert Sharon and Angela DeSantis, both Oakwood physicians. Since that time, he has become a certified therapy dog working with Dr. Sharon at the Oakwood Healthcare Center, Wyandotte.
The elegant evening is emceed this year by Fox 2 sports director Dan Miller, and is sponsored by MaryAnn Wright and Bob Sayles. Special guests include honorary co-chairs Congressman John and Mrs. Debbie Dingell.
Since its inception Black Tie has raised over $1 million, benefitting more than 25,000 rescues. Leading up to the evening, a host of auction items can be previewed online. There are dinner excursions, getaways, sports packages, and more. Tickets for Black Tie & Tails are $175 per person and are available online or by calling the Shelter.
Learn more about events, volunteering, donating or adoptable animals online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697, online at DearbornAnimals.org, Facebook or Twitter.