Rescued on the Runway

On April 20 of this year, the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals culminated with the 14th  annual Humane Society event, the Bernice Simms Furry Friends Rescued on the Runway.   In honor of the founder of the event, Bernice Simms, this fun and enjoyable fund raiser has been dedicated to raising money to carry out the day to day operations of the shelter in nurturing and caring for the thousands of animals admitted to the shelter.

The success of this event which was held at the Lerner Theatre and Conference Center, a wonderful and pleasant venue where staff are always so accommodating, was also due to the numerous individuals who worked to coordinate and carry out the event.  A special thanks to event co-coordinators, Stephanie Krol and Nicole Cripe, along with their entourage of individuals who helped to obtain donations, contact sponsors, prepare donations for the event, marketing, etc.  (Lana Davis, Janet Graham, Anne Reel, Lindsay Feher, Della Fink, Heather Dickey, and Bernice Simms).  Event support volunteers and shelter staff members were also on hand (too many to name but definitely greatly appreciated) to help with registration, photos, directing attendees to their tables and fantastic dog handles to keep the canine crew entertained throughout the evening.

Event Emcee, Greg Fink, bantered with participants has he encouraged bids on three major silent auction items as well as the paddle raise that generates direct support for daily care of the shelter’s animals.

The main attraction included fabulous Stephenson’s fashions being worn by 21 models who were accompanied by their adorable dogs which included some of the Humane Society alumni dogs!   Thanks to Danny Reynolds and his generous team!  Hosts for the show included Danny Reynolds with co-hostess, Zarah Skelton, 2016 Mrs. Indiana.

Thanks to tops sponsors, LaVanture Products, Rick Burns Orthodontics and Johnson Hardware along with pre-event support from sixteen corporate sponsors and twenty-two individual gifts along with sixty in-kind donations.

Lastly, a huge thanks to the approximately 300 individuals who attended the event and shared their generosity!  Overall, a total net of $80,000 was raised to care for the over 4,400 animal encountered by the shelter which includes 53 species.

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