The heroes ”on both ends of the leash” were honored at a socially distanced, al fresco evening of celebration and patriotism at The Brazilian Court.
The ”Pups4Patriots” event honored the graduates — both canine and human — of an American Humane program that trains shelter dogs as companion/service animals for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or PTSD.
The evening included a cocktail reception, a dinner of roasted beet and carrot salad, a choice of seared salmon or steak, and for dessert, a choice of chocolate souffle or pistachio ice cream
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The evening’s highlight was the recognition of the graduates on both ends of the leash — Joni, former CTO3, USN, and her service dog Bella; Michael,senior airman, USAF and his service dog Bam Bam; and James and his K-9 Cody, a winner in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards Law Enforcement Category.
“As we continue to face uncertain times, this celebration serves as a rallying point to bring us together to provide veterans in need with the healing power of our four-legged friends,” said Robin Ganzert, CEO and president of American Humane.
“Service dogs are an invaluable asset to veterans with trauma, and our annual Pups4Patriots gala literally helps us save lives on both ends of the leash.”
This year’s celebration offered quarantine bubble seating as well as virtual seating so all guests were able to fully enjoy a night under the stars listening to the live music of Alex Donner.
More than 100 people attended, including Lois Pope, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Herb and Sharon Jablin, Robert and Sharon Bush Murray, Judith Miller, David Hochberg, Caroline Harless and a delegation from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Gold Coast Chapter 133, whose support enables American Humane is able to provide the highly trained service dogs to veterans in need.
Proceeds from the evening assist American Humane in its commitment to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals.