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Doggie Dates steal the show at Black Tie and Tails

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun

HSTT executive director Steph Jensen and Justin Nister had fun at the Black Tie and Tails event for which she worked so hard at The Ritz-Carlton in Northstar.

The Ritz-Carlton became Animal House last Saturday evening. More than 100 party animals, accompanied by their humans, walked the red carpet at the swank five-star mountain retreat for the second annual Black Tie and Tails event, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. Most dogs arrived dressed in tuxes and tutus, or accessorized in some sartorially splendid manner, for they were at The Ritz, after all. Pet owners dressed up for the black tie optional event with the majority of men in tuxes and the women glammed up in cocktail dresses.

The Ritz really did put on the dog for the event, serving passed doggie appetizers on silver trays to the furry friends, providing a and#8220;Lucky Dog Loungeand#8221; (a dog sitting lounge) and a special and#8220;Hound Heavenand#8221; room offering delicious treats for the pups. Even The Ritz-Carlton GM Allen Highfield stopped by to check it all out. Who knew the Ritz-Carlton was so pet friendly?

A silent auction, complimentary wine bar, and pet and people portrait studio were all set up in the foyer of the ballroom. Inside the ballroom a and#8220;fancy feastand#8221; sit down dinner arrived by white gloved servers for human guests, followed by entertainment, a best dressed dog contest and live music and dancing. The stars of the evening, of course, were all the well behaved dogs who totally stole the show.

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe executive director Stephanie Jensen and co-chair Dale Lawrence with fellow HSTT staff members Erin Ellis and Nanette Cronk along with event committee members Lorna Tirman, Renee Deinken, Holly Jacobsen, Vicki Kerner, Emily Watt, Andrea Bollakis, James MacDonnell, Adrienne Weiss, Alison Bermant, Meg Raymore, and John Gaston worked hard thinking outside the cage to produce a blue ribbon event that raised much needed funds for the local Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. The popular nonprofit is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services, a pet pantry, and humane education programs. and#8220;We’re so fortunate to have so many people passionate about our cause,and#8221; commented exec director Stephanie Jensen, as the fundraiser sold out weeks before the event.

Some of those passionate about pooches in attendance were Don and Kathy Berryman, Jennifer and Greg Tirdel, Joyce Taylor, Aly Digesti and Mark Estee, Greg Gatto, JR Evans, Timothy Beck, Linnis and Dr. Greg Jellinek, Carey and Jim Hood, Trinkie Watson, Beth and Bill Niemi, Carolyn Wallace Dee, Andrew Brimmer, Tanya and Gordon Ringold, Carol and Todd Huckins, Barbara Terry and Paul Kucharski, Pattie and Hartley Lesser, Mayumi Elgado of Moonshine Ink and Chris Jennerwein (they judged the best dressed pet contest), Jack McHugh, Dr. Craig Machado, Dr. Kristi Whitten, Dr. Randy Genis, Astrid Baumgartner, Dr. Donald Otten of Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital, Martha and Jim Simon, Wendy Wood and Gary Spohr, Marylyn Bondlow and Jim Backhus, Serita and Reid Cox, and artist Deborah Von Zink.

and#8212; Vicki Kahn may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net