On May 31, 2012, on a glorious spring evening The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers hosted “A Fetching Affair“, a benefit for the nonprofit organization The Good Dog Foundation. The gala was presented by CESAR Canine Cuisine.
The Good Dog Foundation, or Good Dog for short, was founded in 1998 by film director Rachel McPherson to promote the use of animal-assisted therapy. Their mission is to elevate the stature and promote society’s understanding of the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond.
Founder and Executive Director Rachel McPherson said of Good Dog, “We provide therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational and community facilities in four states including New York” and continued with “these teams are highly-trained and fully-certified volunteers and each consists of a human handler and a therapy dog to service those in need”.
The Good Dog Foundation
Good Dog’s Director of Strategic Growth Moschell Coffey greeted guests as they entered the spacious location. Once inside, with the magnificent view of the Hudson River in the background through the floor to ceiling windows, were the vast items up for bid via silent auction. In between trips to multiple open bars spread out the venue, guest placed bids on such items like a Tom Brady autographed jersey, a autographed baseball by New York Yankees hall-of-famer Whitey Ford, tickets to a New York Knicks game, Dinner at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill, a photo session and 20″ museum-quality portrait by Bradford Portrait Studio, a memorabilia basket from TV show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit donated by cast member Tamara Tunie among many other items. Actress Tamara Tunie was in attendance at the gala.
During the awards ceremony, The Good Dog Foundation honored Pfizer Animal Health for their commitment to veterinarians. Dr. Christine Jenkins was on hand to except the honor. Kenneth Hu, MD accepted the framed honor on behalf of the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York.
Shortly after the awards ceremony, guests were treated to a canine runway fashion show by acclaimed designer Kiki Hamann, who flew up North from her home in Miami Florida just for this occasion. It showcased a special five-piece collection created just for The Good Dog Foundation as well from her KH Summer 2012 Collection. In a speech following her runway presentation, Hamann said “I’m thrilled to be here, The Good Dog Foundation should be called The Great Dog Foundation” and ended with “I love dogs, I’ll do anything for them, Thank You everyone for having me”.
While human guests dined on a delicious three course meal, Cesar Canine Cuisine provided their newest product Cookie Crunches baked treats for the canine guests who attended in abundance escorting their owners and representing the great cause.
Committee member, Erika Searl and star of reality TV show Doggie Moms said,”This is exciting! It’s great to see so many people come out for such a worthy cause”.
Funds raised at A Fetching Affair Gala will help continue The Good Dog Foundation’s certified therapy dog teams visiting cancer patients, autistic children, first responders, wounded veterans, and many others whose quality of life is greatly enhanced by the unconditional love only certified therapy dogs can provide. Last year, more than 1,100 Good Dog volunteers provided animal-assisted therapy services free-of-charge to nearly 330,000 students, patients, clients and staff in over 280 facilities across four states.