The evening, co-chaired by pet fashion designer Ada Nieves and publisher and public relations professional Gregg Oehler, included three runway shows emceed by Maria Milito of Q104.3 that featured dogs from Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs). As the dogs strutted down the catwalk, wearing their most fetching outfits designed by Nieves and others, they had their eyes on the crowd, searching for prospective pet parents.
One such pup, 10-year-old Asiago, currently with APO Eve’s Sanctuary Animal Rescue, was escorted down the runway by Alliance spokesperson Stephanie Mattera.
Mattera was also on hand for the presentation of a $500 check to the Alliance from PupScouts, a “scouting” organization for dogs and their parents co-founded by Susan Godwin and Jennifer-Jo Moyer.The evening also included the presentation of the 2016 New York Pet Fashion Show Golden Paw Awards to honor those who make a difference helping animals. A special “Spirit of Volunteer Award” was given this year. According to Nieves, the award was created to “represent all of the tireless volunteers that day to day give their all to help save animals.” Amrita Nandakumar, an Alliance volunteer, accepted the award on behalf of all volunteers.
Commenting on the event, Mattera said, “It brings the community together and is a reminder of the loyal supporters that help make the Alliance’s life-saving work possible.”