Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Black Tie & Tail: Ritz-Carlton Highlands goes to the dogs
TAHOE/TRUCKEE – The rules of social etiquette for attendees at The Ritz-Carlton Highlands in Northstar were slightly modified to include no loud barking, excuse yourself to the great outdoors to relieve yourself, be nice to other dogs, and do not, I repeat, do not, get into the doggie treats in the goodie bags left unattended on the floor.The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe once again pulled off a truly unique and fun Black Tie & Tails event. Not an easy task, considering more than 100 attendees were dogs in addition to the nearly 300 human guests. Humane Society executive director, the effervescent Stephanie Jensen and her co-chair Dale Lawrence worked like dogs with a great group of volunteers including Holly Jacobsen, Emily Watt, Alison Bermant, JT MacDonnell, Mike Kelley, Vicki Kerner, Andrea Bollakis, Olga Webber, Linda Holman, Meg Raymore, Erin Ellis and Nanette Cronk to raise approximately $50,000 for the society’s kitty.All the dogs really “put on the dog” with their sartorial choices glamming it up in tutus, tuxes, leather (yes, leather!), and original creations. Owners opted for classy cocktail attire, relieved the previous days of inclement weather cleared up in time for the big event.Passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres for humans and fabulously decorated doggie cookies in assorted shapes like dog bones, hearts and martinis were served before a delicious sit-down dinner of hanger steak, red snapper, or Portobello mushrooms prepared by the hotel’s skilled culinary staff.This year’s “Lucky Dog Lounge,” a place where the canines could get away from their parents, boasted a tropical theme with an awesome tiki bar serving “doggie beer” (a special non-alcoholic bowser brew consisting of beef broth spiked with Worcestershire sauce) and doggie treats. A silent auction and complimentary wine bar were set up in the foyer of the event’s ballroom. Piano man Michael Mastromatteo entertained guests with clever renditions of songs like “Dogs Just Want To Have Fun.” Karey Todd, looking hot in a V-neck dress presided over the evening as the master of ceremonies. A best dressed dog contest, a “Just Give” auction and live music and dancing by the Bay Area Band “Hot Buttered Rum” topped off the already over-the-top evening. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services, a pet pantry, and humane education programs. “Our third year of Black Tie & Tails proved to be the best yet … selling out well in advance with more dogs then ever before! We are so grateful to our amazing sponsors, guests, volunteers and dogs for making this another incredibly successful event!”, exclaimed Jensen.Having a dog-gone good time at The Ritz Carlton were Art and Colleen Chapman, Veronica and Ben Kaufman, Nancy Cushing, Karen and Andy Wirth, Carey and Jim Hood, Dr. Craig and Joy Machado, Dawn and John Evans, Betsy Cole, Sunee Zrno and Sam Bueckert, Debbie Skawienski and Larry Kushner, best dressed dog judges Pattie and Hartley Lesser, Justin Nistler, Jill and Jason Dobbs, Shannon Reilly and Matt Connelly, Carol and Todd Huckins, Julie Mauer and Dave Schotzko, Carolyn Dee, Patty Meade and John Kitts, Joyce Taylor, and Crystal and Tony Reid.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 13 for the 10th annual Gourmet Ski Tour at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City. Graze on tasty tidbits from North Tahoe’s finest restaurants while skiing or snow shoeing around yellow trail. The theme this year is “The History of Nordic” and there will be a prize for best costume. Participating restaurants include Christy Hill, Jake’s, Wolfdale’s, Sunnyside, Uncommon Kitchen, Mamasake, Westshore Cafe, Northshore Hawaiian Grill, Lanzas, Bridgetender, Lakeside Pizza, Men Wielding Fire, Sawtooth Ridge Cafe, Personal Chef, Brockway Bakery, Tahoe House, Sugar Pine Cakery, Viva Treats and Truckee River Winery. It’s going to be the best ever. There will be live music by Drunken Neighbors, margaritas, and dancing in the parking lot. A fundraiser for Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, tickets are $30 and include a half day trail pass. Call 530-583-5475 for ticket info.- Vicki may be reached at email@example.com