Celebrities, socialites and prominent public figures were dressed to the nines on Friday for the Humane Society’s annual New York gala event “To The Rescue! New York” at the famed Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan.
Marking the 60th anniversary of the animal advocate organization, the occasion was a time to spread awareness, raise money and honor a few that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help animals.
Darren Aronofsky, the award-winning director behind Black Swan, The Wrestler and The Fountain, was honored for his use of CGI, not real animals, in his movie Noah. For Aronofsky, this move was a no-brainer as he stated in the past the conditions of animals on set are quite alarming and technology now allows for a more humane alternative.
Also receiving accolades for their animal work were Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who is responsible for thrusting the stray dog epidemic in Russia into the spotlight during the Sochi Olympics along with former portfolio manager Brad Goldberg for his continuous work in animal welfare causes.
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— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014
The bash also allowed attendees to rub shoulders with the real stars of the event: the animals. Strutting what their momma gave them, a few very brave dogs made their way down the red carpet and showed how a little TLC and a lot of love can do wonders for animals that may not have had the best start in life.
With so many animal lovers in one place, we asked how having a dog in their life made it better.
Theo Rossi: Actor currently starring in Sons of Anarchy as Juan Carlos “Juice”
“It is proven fact with science that people who have dogs live longer. That is not a lie. I have never lived a day in my life without a dog and had a ton of animals growing up.
It teaches you right away that you can’t be selfish because everything revolves around them. We will be out and could be having the greatest time in the world but we have to get back to our dogs. “
Arthur Benjamin: Entrepreneur, international investor and philanthropist
“Somebody once said God is dog spelled backwards. And it’s the unconditional love we believe comes from divinity can comes from a little furry animal and it brings it to your life every day.”
Amanda Hearst: Founder of Friends of Finn, philanthropist and heiress to the Hearst Corporation
“In every way really. I started a charity after him, and it just has been amazing.”
Kimberly Ovitz: Fashion designer and daughter of former president of the Walt Disney Company, Michael Ovitz
“They bring joy to my life everyday. I couldn’t image a day without them.”
Dylan Lauren: Owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar and daughter of fashion designer, Ralph Lauren
“My dog is a little crazy, but I love her. She is so silly. She makes me laugh all the time. I mean she destroys all her toys. She loves to steal things in my room that she knows will get my attention. But it is just so much fun.”
Jane Velez-Mitchell: Television journalist and author
“I am filled with bliss from the moment I wake up when my girlfriend and I are in bed with the dogs. It is a lot of tails, a lot of paws and a lot of fun! There is nothing better. Every morning is Christmas.”
Georgina Bloomberg: Equestrian and daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“We have always had dogs so I’ve never known a time in my life where haven’t had a dog. And it is so nice to have something there that is always happy to see you, can always give you love and is unconditionally loyal. I have always enjoyed having something to take care of, and it prepared me for motherhood.”
“She is literally the most loving animal on the planet. All she does is want to lay with you. Plus, she helps spread the word about puppy mills and that has been really amazing, because we hear from people all the time, ‘I adopted a dog because I heard about Toast. Or I didn’t know you could adopt a full-breed dog until I heard about Toast.’”
Gus Kenworthy: Athlete and Olympian
“The companionship. It is so nice when you are home. When I am home with my dogs, I don’t want to go out; I just want to hang out with them.”
Paul Shaffer and daughter Victoria: David Letterman’s music director
“They are just so comforting; it is just as simple as that. They make you feel better.”
Dina Manzo: Reality star and entrepreneur
“My Gracie doesn’t have any arms; she is a product of inbreeding. Every morning to start my day with her…she’s got this huge grin on her face and is the happiest dog. She doesn’t know any difference. She is so inspiring. She proves to me that anything is possible and to just have a good attitude. She is amazing.”