Anything at Barneys New York is worth writing about and when it is an extravagant event to help an amazing dog organization, we are all over it.
The luxury retailer will be hosting a benefit at its restaurant Freds for The Good Dog Foundation, a New York City-based organization that provides therapy dog services for those in need.
Marking the 10th year at the establishment, the nonprofit teamed up with Broadway’s Sylvia, a comedy about a couple that adopts a rambunctious dog, to make the event extra special. Robert Stella, one of the actors featured in the show, will be at the fundraiser mingling with the crowd and also be talking about the upcoming Good Dog Night on Broadway, a talk back with the cast in mid-December. Plus, the show will be offering discount tickets to Good Dog supporters.
The event will be a two-part affair, including a cocktail hour for 250 people and an intimate dinner for 44 people. During the cocktail hour, guests are able to chat with other dog lovers while enjoying an open bar and delectable hor d’oeuvres including mini meatballs, mini truffled grilled cheese sandwiches and corn and crab fritters.
The dinner portion will include a choice of roasted salmon with sauteed spinach and fingerling potatoes or spicy Hudson Valley chicken grilled with herbs and crushed red pepper accompanied by sautéed kale and mashed potatoes (vegetarian option will also be available).
During the bash, guests are able to bid on some fabulous prizes including Faithful Hound Bordeaux wines by Mulderbosch Vineyards, signed prints by Pete Thorne from his book Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age, bespoke suit by Bruce Cameron Clarke, a $400 gift certificate for pet-food delivery from Fidofoods.com and dinner for two at Tavern on the Green, among other goodies.
All proceeds will go back to The Good Dog Foundation. The organization currently has more than 1,000 certified therapy dogs. Everyone from cancer patients to people on the autism spectrum and those that were survivors as such tragedies as Hurricane Sandy, 9/11 and Sandy Hook have been touched by these incredible dogs. And the organization just keeps on growing. In the last few years, the nonprofit has been invited to participate in the first clinical trial proving the benefits of therapy dogs on adult cancer patients. The study was published in the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. This year, The Good Dog Foundation is involved in a new study with Yale University and is beginning to train healthcare workers to use therapy dogs in their own practice.
The funds will not only support these initiatives but also the 345,000 people who annually rely on the nonprofit’s therapy dog services.
Tickets are limited and are only available until Nov. 2. To get your hands on them, head over to The Good Dog Foundation.
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