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Bideawee Ball Raises More than $660,000 for Homeless Dogs and Cats 

New York, New York, June 7, 2018 – Bideawee, one of our country’s first no-kill animal welfare organizations that serves metropolitan New York and Long Island, announced that its June 5 gala secured more than $660,000 in funds resulting from ticket sales, sponsorships and its live and silent auctions.

“We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Ball was our most successful to date,” said Leslie Granger, President and CEO at Bideawee. “These funds bring us one step closer to doubling our pet adoptions by 2021 to save more homeless animals, and help them find their forever family. We are grateful to the Bideawee Ball committee, our staff, donors, attendees and everyone else who played a role in making this year’s Ball the most successful.”

The event was held on Wednesday, June 5 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan. WNBC Chief Meteorologist, Janice Huff, hosted the event, which included more than 350 socially active animal lovers and their beloved pups. The Ball featured cocktails, an awards ceremony, a seated dinner, a photo area, dancing, Bideawee’s mobile adoption van, as well as live and silent auctions. One of the top-selling items was a 4,000 square foot digital billboard in Times Square to feature the winner’s pet, photographed by The Dogist, which sold during the live auction. Another highlight of the evening was the launch of Bideawee’s new branding which includes a new logo and brand colors that reflect the compassion of their mission and the organization’s 116-year history as one of the country’s first no-kill animal welfare organizations.

The gala also honored three remarkable individuals for their contributions to Bideawee over the years:

  • Flora Kibbe Humane Hero Recipients, Alyssa and Ted Moudis: This award was named in honor of Bideawee’s founder, Flora D’Auby Jenkins Kibbe. Both daughter and father share a passion for saving the lives of homeless animals by dedicating their time and resources to the support of animal welfare and rescue organizations. They’ve supported Bideawee for numerous years and have been regular Ball attendees with their beloved family dog, Lilly.
  • Junior Honoree Sydney B. Ireland: Active in volunteering at animal rescues since her early childhood, Sydney has been a supporter of Bideawee since her family adopted their dog, Scout, from the organization. Sydney is a champion for both people and animals. She successfully advocated for the Boy Scouts of America to open membership to girls and young women. For her Eagle Scout project, Sydney partnered with Bideawee on her “Connect a Vet with a Pet” initiative, which helps find homes for adoptable dogs and cats with military service veterans. Additionally, she coordinated with Canine Companions for Independence, so that the veterans and others could train their pets as therapy dogs. These efforts helped raise thousands of dollars for the continued adoption of cats and dogs by veterans.

For more information about Bideawee, visit the website and follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Images from the event are available upon request and will later be added in an image gallery at https://www.bideawee.org/Gala2019-LP.

About Bideawee

Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, Bideawee’s mission is to be Greater New York’s leader in rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats and dogs with people who love them. Bideawee provides an array of high touch services including adoption centers, an animal hospital, pet therapy programs, and pet memorial parks that serve pets and pet lovers on their lifelong journey together. Bideawee is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 humane animal organization and 100% of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates adoption centers in New York City and Westhampton. For more information, visit: www.Bideawee.org.

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Bideawee Contact:
Melissa Treuman
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(866) 262-8133

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