‘Pawty’ raises $20,000 for Paws 4 You Rescue

By Misty Buck….

Pictured (l-r) are Candy Hannemann holding adoptable Toto, McKenna Olson, Lauren Whiddon and Melanie Aron with adoptable Sammy. All are from Paws 4 You.

Paws 4 You Rescue, a Miamibased charity, welcomed more than 500 guests and their dogs to a unique cocktail reception, dubbed the “Pawtini Pawty,” on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The event marked the first ever pet-friendly event at the landmark Biltmore Hotel and raised $20,000 for Paws 4 You Rescue.

Distinguished guests of honor included Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick.

Guests enjoyed unlimited hors d’oeuvres and delicious signature Pawtini drinks such as the Blue Beagle and Chocolate Labtini while their beloved pooches wagged tails at a social gathering that rivaled an average day at the dog park with such attractions as a dog food bar. In addition, the canine focused event included dog-friendly businesses, such as local pet-sitting services, dog trainers, specialty pet stores and gourmet dog treat bakers.

“We are both thrilled and honored to have been a part of the first pet-friendly event at the Biltmore Hotel,” said Carol Caridad, Paws 4 You program director. “It was such a pleasure to see the community come together with their pets for this unique event. Best of all, the proceeds will help us rescue hundreds of more dogs.”

All proceeds benefited Paws 4 You Rescue. The all-volunteer organization relies on donated funds to provide rescued animals with professional medical care, training and a safe environment until permanent homes are found for each one. Event photos can be viewed at www.paws4you.org or at Facebook.com/paws4you.

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