The recent Pre-Westminster Fashion and Awards show took place on February 11th in New York City. The evening marked the beginning of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Weekend--a few days assured to provide hours of joy for serious dog owners. Early in the evening the Penn-Top Ballroom filled with pet owners, lovers, and supporters who arrived at the invite of Chairman Gregg R. Oehler and Chairwoman Ada Nieves,as Co-chair. Attendees enjoyed an elaborate buffet and premium bar with VIP tables set aside for a select few.
The evening allowed for select sponsors and vendors to sell their products during the show, which offered some of the most amazing pet products in the industry. The three-part runway fashion show not only featured the latest products, but recognized the people who work to make a difference within the dog community via various awards.*** The show ended with a 'Puptial Ceremony' of a Westminster competitor as a symbol of cherished companion animals and their proud parents.
A portion of the proceeds of the 2011 Pre-Westminster Fashion Show will go to benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue which is dedicated to providing a higher quality of life for all animals. VIP gift bags contained a number of goodies including a copy of the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan's Cesar's Way Magazine.
***-awards were as follows: Greg Oehler (Humanitarian Award); Loretta Swit (Animal Welfare & Leadership Award); Mickey Rourke (Chihuahua Man of the Year Award); Barbara Babikian (Quality of Life Award) Harrison Forbes (Pet Expert Award); Beau Loevner (Special Achievement); BooBoo (Most Talented Award); Tia Walker (Merit Award); Tuffy Lebron; Brandon Hannan (Paws of Merit Award); Amanda Henderson (Merit Award); Cuba & Bandit (Top Dog Award)
*photo courtesy of Monkeypognyc.com