Despite the 100 degree heat, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosted their 10th Annual Unconditional Love Dinner Dance under the tents at Wickapogue and Old Town Roads in Southampton. What sets the Southampton Animal Shelter apart from others is that they take animals from not only the town of Southampton, the villages and the 18 hamlets regardless of age and special needs. They also work closely with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
Jean Shafiroff was the Event Chair and Aimee Sadler, Founder & CEO of Dogs Playing for Life was honored. Gregory D’Elia, emceed the event and kept the crowd engaged with opportunities to match shelter dogs to veterans to become service dogs through programs K9s For Warriors, and Paws of War.
The Host Committee included: Randi Schatz, Amy Cosman, Antonella Bertello, Missy Hargraves, and Sharon Kerr. The Junior Chair was Kate McEntee, and Junior Co-Chairs include: Kingsley Crawford, Jenny Dwork, and Merritt Piro.
With an attendance of over 360 guests, including the singer Maxwell, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, the Gala was a success in raising money and awareness for the efforts of the Charity. Guests raised their paddles to sponsor feeding a dog or a cat for a year; group golf outings at the East End’s most prestigious golf courses including Shinnecock Hills and Atlantic, skiing in Sun Valley, a week at a private resort and an auction for a classic British motorcar, a beautifully restored 1952 MG TD.
Proceeds from the event directly support more than 5,000 animals who enter the shelter’s doors annually. Whether caring and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low cost veterinary care and dog training so that animals can remain in their home, the Southampton Animal Shelter has become a vital resource in their community. With the generous support of donors, they can continue to provide lifesaving programs and services.