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Arizona Humane Society's Compassion with Fashion 2006 "Best in Show"

What:  Luncheon features silent auction, raffle, adoptable dogs/cats, plus dogs and their beloved people dressed in costume
Where:  The Phoenician
When:  April 29, 2006
Time:  11:00 AM
Beneficiary:  Arizona Humane Society
Underwriters:  PetSmart
Co-Chair(s):  Patty Withycombe, Lauren Withycombe, Carmela Withycombe
Of note:  Video Presentation of the Katrina animal rescue; Raffle Drawing; Adoptable Dogs on Runway; "Best in Show" Winner Awarded; Pet Adoptions in Lobby
Quote of the evening:  "Last year the AHS took in more than 43,000 unwanted, abused, sick, injured, neglected and homeless animals," said co-chair Patty Withycombe
Menu:  "Soup and a Sandwich": Tomato Gazpacho with Curry Creme Fraiche, Turkey Club Sandwich with Turkey Bacon; Chocolate Malted Milk Shake, Doughnut Holes
Attendance:  1030
Information:  Jeanette Gemoll - 602-395-3868
Board of Directors:  Ann Harwood, Esq (Chairman); Daryl Weil (Chairman-Elect); Alice Ambrose (Vice-Chairman, Finance & Audit); Maureen Beyers, Esq. (Vice Chairman, Legislative Action & Government Relations); Cathy Boruch (Vice-Chairman, Development & Endowment); William Jensen (Vice-Chairman, Board Relations); Anthony Salcito (Vice-Chairman, Marketing); Susan Wissink, Esq. (Secretary); Herbert Baum, Thom Brennaman, Mark Briggs, Esq., Bob Carr, Mike Lenderink, Cindy McCain, Bob Nanberg, Joette Schmidt, Dave Shennan, Gayle Simmons
Blacktie Photos by:

  Joey Leslie, Nanci Bruner


Arizona Humane Society Celebrates its Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon

By Myra Richman

The Arizona Humane Society's Compassion 2006 "Best in Show" held its 8th event at the Phoenician Resort, where oohs and aahs never stopped throughout the luncheon and fashion show.

A silent auction was held in the lobby off the ballroom, where 1,030 pet lovers (their largest crowd yet) mingled and viewed the beautiful animals ready to be adopted into a loving home.

Then the luncheon and fashion show began. Several contestests dressed themselves and their unsuspecting pets in inventive attire representing different themes, competing for the "Best in Show" title. There was a lot of laughter in the house as the following brave Valley residents walked the runway with their little precious companions: Debbie La Prade; Judy Hewson; Debbie Weber with Rebecca Weber and Robin and Colleen Pyra; Linda Hertzberg; Keith Withycombe; Sherry Martori; Ina Manaster; Sandy Trznadel (a beautiful Marilyn Monroe); Alison Getz with Chip Getz, Katherine Getz, Gregory Vogel and Johnny Vogel; Jacquie Dorrance with Ashley Baiker and Sofia Baiker; Sallie and Julia Najafi; Traci Cornell (accompanied by her two alpacas); and Noel the Statue of Liberty.

A video of the Arizona Humane Society's pet rescue efforts following Katrina was particularly touching to the audience, sitting in complete silence. Many learned for the first time that more than 280 animals had been saved and brought back to Arizona, landing ar the airport at 10 pm one evening. The AHS and its volunteers managed to reunite at least 70 of the pets with their families, and found countless homes for the rest. This was truly a life-saving mission!

After the event, many made their way to the lobby adoption area to take home a new pet, including Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center -- a new kitty was a surprise for her daughter.

The Arizona Humane Society is the state's largest nonprofit animal welfare and protection agency. In 2005 alone, the AHS took in more than 40,000 unwanted, sick, abused and injured animals. A private organization, the AHS is supported by donations and does not receive any government funding. The AHS mission is to build healthy relationships between people and animals.

To learn more about the Arizona Humane Society, please visit

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