An elegant evening honoring David Monn in East Hampton.
August 18, 2018: The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons hosted the Bow Wow Meow Ball at the ARF’s 22-acre campus in Wainscott in the midst of heavy showers, which didn’t dampen the spirits or enthusiasm of 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons. The affair honored event designer David Monn and his beloved Sammy with the Champion of Animals Award, in recognition of his dedication and service to animal welfare. His spectacular design for the evening with stunning lighting and hanging plants was the backdrop for an elegant evening. Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Peter Marino presented the award to Mr. Monn.
The evening began with cocktails, followed by a dinner catered by Olivier Cheng in the glamorous setting by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. After all the festivities, the party continued with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra.
A lively group of proud of ARF cats and dogs available for adoption were at the event and took part in a parade of animals. The Bow Wow Meow Ball is an important evening raising funds that are vital to the organization and its mission.
The live auction with Auctioneer Benjamin Doller, a Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, was a highlight of the event, along with a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items, unique arfITECTURE cat and dog houses—works of art created by top architects and builders, as well as an online auction with charitybuzz.com.
There was a heart warming documentary, ARF: Changing the Course of Animal Welfare for Generations to Come, produced and directed by Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
The animals in ARF’s care come from animal control centers, puppy mill rescue efforts, and from people who can no longer care for their pets. In 2018, ARF will intake over 1,600 dogs and cats at its state-of-the-art Adoption Center. ARF provides full medical care—including spaying and neutering—to all its animals in addition to humane care for their basic needs. Once medically evaluated and socialized the dogs and cats are made available for adoption at its Adoption Center and through its mobile adoption van and offsite events held across the greater New York region. Since its inception, ARF has rescued more than 27,000 cats and dogs and placed them with loving families.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons actively rescues cats and dogs, provides quality care and offers sanctuary until loving homes can be found. Founded in 1974, ARF has grown to become a regional leader for animal welfare in New York. For more information, please visit www.arfhamptons.org
Photography: Barry Gordin