Saturday April 13th stars of the two and four legged variety ascended upon the Helen Mills Event Space and Theatre on 26th St. in Manhattan. The evening was to raise funding for Dogs for the Deaf, an organization that “rescues, trains, and places” caring canines in the homes of those with hearing impairment as well as autism. I was a guest of fitness celebrity and pop culture phenom John Basedow, whose lead I followed when selecting which delicious passed hor devours to sink my teeth into.
Several stars showed their support including RHONY’s Sonja Morgan, Animal Planet’s Andrea Arden, actors Ryan Lane and Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth), and Lenay Dunn of MTV’s 10 on Top (she’s also a dead ringer for Leann Rhimes). But the real stars of the evening were Bonzai the Pekingese Maltese mix, and Black Labrador Ginger. The dogs stole the show and celeb and non celeb guests showered them with attention.
Sponsored by Fisher Bros, Pet Links, Syn Lawn, and partnered with Animal Haven, the event featured a silent auction as well open donation bidding. After hearing the testimony of Danielle, a North Carolina pediatrician who is the recipient of assistance dog Ginger, I was moved to lift my paddle. I had never before participated in an auction of any kind, it felt good that the first time I did so was to donate money for such a worthy cause.
Founded in 1977 by Roy G. Kabat, Dogs for the Deaf is now headed by his daughter Robin Dickson. Dickson, who presents with the warmth that is well associated with animal lovers, is devoted to her father’s legacy. “Any donation is critical,” she told the crowd, “whether five dollars or $100,000.”
Animal charity supporter Sonja Morgan said she was drawn to Dogs for the Deaf because some of her friends are currently training assistance dogs. “Charities keep me grounded,” she said after being coaxed up to the podium. Ms. Morgan hadn’t planned on taking to the stage. “I did my own hair and makeup tonight,” she joked when being prodded to speak. Grounded indeed.