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WNBC’s Janice Huff to Host the 2019 Bideawee Ball on June 5

New York, New York, April 3, 2019 – Bideawee, a leading animal welfare and pet adoption organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island, announced that WNBC Chief Meteorologist, Janice Huff, will host this year’s Bideawee Ball. Both two-legged and four-legged guests are invited to attend this premier social event on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. It will be the first year that the annual gala will be held at the historic Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan. Attendees can look forward to silent and live auctions, cocktails, a seated dinner, dancing and an award ceremony to honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

“As an animal lover and one of the nation’s most trusted weather forecasters, Janice is an ideal emcee for our annual gala fundraising event,” said Leslie Granger, President and CEO at Bideawee. “She shares our passion for making the world a better place for homeless animals, and has a wide-reaching platform to help us educate more New Yorkers about the benefits of pet adoption. The Bideawee Ball is an important night for our organization as we celebrate the bond between humans and animals and the individuals who do so much to support and further our work.  We look forward to Janice being a part of this year’s event which will include an exciting announcement and unveiling.

As one of our country’s first no-kill animal welfare organization, Bideawee has been dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals since our founding in 1903. The Ball is held annually to raise funds through ticket sales, as well as the live and silent auction. Last year’s event raised $630,000, which allowed Bideawee to rescue and care for more dogs and cats. 

The charity gala will also recognize three individuals for their support of Bideawee and its programs. This year’s recipients include:

  • 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.

 Hundreds of socially active animal lovers and their four-legged friends from New York City’s business, social and celebrity communities are expected to attend the black tie optional Ball. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly benefit Bideawee’s work rescuing, caring for and placing homeless animals with the people who love them. Tickets can be purchased at For more information about Bideawee, visit its website and follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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, 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:

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Melissa Treuman
(866) 262-8133

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