Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe pulls off a successful first-time fundraising event |

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe pulls off a successful first-time fundraising event

Amanda Friedrichsen proudly holds her dog Sammy who won "Best Tail in a Tux."

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Resort at Squaw Creek went to the dogs. Or should I say the dogs went to the Resort at Squaw Creek? In style, too. That’s because the dogs were dates for their loving owners on Valentine’s Day. It was a premiere fundraising event for The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, and the concept was stunningly successful ” it sold out right out of the chute. Not only did the humans dress up in tuxes, gowns and cocktail dresses, but so did the dogs, many donning tuxes and tutus.

Approximately 65 dogs accompanied by nearly 300 people swarmed the Resort’s ball rooms and “Hound Haven,” a place where your dogs’ “dreams come true,” and a “Lucky Dog Lounge” for dog sitting. How convenient: the “Pet Powder Room” was right outside! Of course, all the dogs were on their very best behavior with nary an incident.

In addition to a fabulous sit-down dinner the Resort cooked up, the novel, dog-friendly evening featured a best-dressed dog contest, “The Dating Game,” a canine spin on the classic TV show, “The Nibblers,” a seven-piece band featuring several members of Mumbo Gumbo, and an extensive silent auction and live auction presided over by Truckee auctioneer/attorney Jim Simon. Committee members, under the guidance of chairs Dale Lawrence and Humane Society Executive Director Stephanie Hiemstra are to be congratulated for their smart and hard work. Those members included Adrienne Weiss, Vickie Kerner, Holly Jacobsen, Renee Deinken, Emily Watt, Nanette Cronk, Erin Ellis and Meg Raymore. Gauging by the overwhelming positive response of the event, I’ll venture to say it will become the Humane Society’s annual signature event.

Some of those at the doggie dinner included Carol and Todd Huckins, Sherry and Shane McConkey, Dawn and John Evens, Mark Estee, Barbara Terry and Paul Kucharski of Citizens Bank, dentist Karen Kucharski and husband Gary Wood, Pattie and Hartley Lesser, Gabi and Matt O’Neill, Crystal and Tony Reid, skin maven Drs. Haven Ritchie and David Ritchie, Pam and Ted Vilalba, Nicole and Jamie Blair, Meredith and Bill Werstler, Ingret and Billy Froland, Jennifer and Dr. Greg Tirdel, Carla and Mike Brown, Mary and Chris Folck, Deborah Von Zink, Amanda and Pete Friedrichsen, Jennifer and Scott Gunter, Dawn Evans, Carey and Jim Hood, and Annica and Charles Bryan.

Tidbits: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is the keynote speaker at next week’s Queen of Hearts luncheon at the Resort at Squaw Creek, will become a first-time dad sometime this year. His office just confirmed that wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom is indeed expecting, or “preggers” as they say…

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