Animal Samaritans‘ board member Patrick Evans of Information Channel 3 opened Animal Samaritan’s thirteenth annual Males of the Desert trend present fundraiser, held Dec. 4 on the Palm Springs Air Museum, by acknowledging the group’s crucial mission: “We ensure that homeless animals discover a residence, and we ensure that persons are higher educated to be pet house owners.”
Co-event chair Lori Serfling thanked the staff who put the occasion collectively and included a particular because of Jerry Keller and Lulu Catering and Occasions, which offered the champagne reception and delectable luncheon. She additionally acknowledged appreciation for the fashions.
Co-event producer Patrick Mundt thanked Eisenhower Well being for offering well being care — not just for folks but in addition for our pets. “It certainly supplies the present of life itself,” he stated.
Final yr, Animal Samaritan’s CEO Tom Snyder introduced the group had outgrown its small, no-kill shelter on Ramon Street. It was constructed as a clinic, not a shelter. The power has inadequate parking, no play space for animals, and it lacks correct air circulation. This yr, he introduced that greater than $7 million had been raised or pledged, together with a $3 million contribution from an nameless donor.
Consequently, Animal Samaritans is within the residence stretch, working with the county on its allow part with the expectation to interrupt floor in 2023. The brand new facility will serve not solely as a clinic but in addition as a shelter, offering a coated play yard for animals.
An excited hushed silence enveloped the five hundred attendees when Raju and Jaishri Mehta of El Paseo Jewelers introduced the donation of a superb two-strand, 18-carat diamond necklace valued at $50,000. The successful bidder additionally obtained a non-public purchasing celebration at El Paseo Jewelers for 10 pals catered by Il Corso Palm Desert and a $1,000 El Paseo Jewelers Reward Certificates for every visitor, a complete worth of $65,000.
Underneath the deft orchestration of auctioneer Freddie Silveria, greater than $200,000 was raised in the course of the “elevate the paddle,” together with the Mehtas’ contribution. That is the best quantity ever raised to assist Animal Samaritans.
The Primary Occasion
Underneath the steerage and management of Susan Stein, trend director and scene editor at Palm Springs Life, a tremendous trend present was created that thrilled the viewers. Native fashions walked the 100-foot-long runway in garments offered by Saks Fifth Avenue of Palm Desert and designer Christopher Bates.
Fashions have been accompanied by their pets, a lot of them shelter canine. For the primary time, 5 highschool college students started the style present. These included Money Anderholt, a senior at Xavier School Preparatory Excessive Faculty; Dawson Johnson, a junior at Palm Desert Excessive Faculty; David Olivas, a senior at Palm Desert Excessive Faculty; and Otis Taylor and Makaury Warren, each seniors at Xavier.
Native leaders who walked the 100 foot runway included Gabe Aguirre, monetary advisor; Kevin Bass, actual property agent; Brandon Boswell, diamond retail; Marshall Brown, govt coach; Andy Dick, investments; Mehran Elly MD, radiologist; Brad Fuhr, media mogul; Squire Junger, enterprise advisor; Joshua Levy, actual property developer; James Lindquist, improvement director; Raju Mehta, jeweler extraordinaire and philanthropist; Andrew Mills, Palm Springs police chief; Mundt, entrepreneur; Eric Schnaser MD, orthopedic surgeon; Sam Spinello, actual property administration and investments; Tom Truhe, DDS group activist and philanthropist; and Kris Westerhof MD, anesthesiologist.
The Chief of the Pack presenting sponsor was The Carl Jud Basis. Gold paws sponsors included Eisenhower Well being and Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler. Silver paws sponsors have been The Auen Basis, Barry Manilow and Garry Kief and Jan Salta; Bronze paws sponsors included El Paseo Jewelers, Contour Dermatology, the Inland Empire Neighborhood Basis, Phyllis Eisenberg, Jonathan Espy, Junger, David Kowalczyk and Curtis Johnson and Sarah Milmet.
Luncheon desk sponsors not already talked about included Len Betz and Lanny Seese, Marcia Boate, Boswell, Dick, Mark Dodge, Eisenhower Imaging Middle, Barbara Flanagan, Marilyn Gogolin, Evelyn Corridor, Clark Hallren, Cathy Levitt, Mundt, Aubrey and Lori Serfling, Katie Schnaser and Amber Spinello, John Schooler and Roberta Thompson.
Animal Samaritans Mission
Animal Samaritans believes “within the therapeutic energy of animal-human connections and views all residing creatures with compassion and respect, with a major concentrate on canine, cats and the individuals who love them.” It’s a no-kill shelter that serves as a refuge for at-risk, adoptable canine and cats.
The group owes a debt of gratitude to Snyder together with occasion co-chairs Serfling and Mundt and mistress of ceremonies Stein, who collectively created a tour de pressure generally known as Males of the Desert.
To study extra about Animal Samaritans or to make a donation, go to animalsamaritans.org.
Al Jones was appointed by town council as a Trustee of the Palm Springs Library, the place he serves as its treasurer. He was the previous chairman of the Palm Springs Worldwide Airport Fee and is a member of the board of administrators of Dezart Performs, the CSU Palm Desert Campus Development board, the Advisory board of Precedence One Coachella Valley and a member of DBA and Primary Road. Prior group engagement contains DAP Well being Companions for Life Management Committee; the LGBTQ Neighborhood Middle of the Desert, the place he served because the Board secretary for 5 years, and Sanctuary Palm Springs.
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