Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons honor Isaac Mizrahi at their Annual Summer Benefit in Wainscott.
June 18, 2019: On Saturday, August 17th the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) hosted the Bow Wow Meow Ball, to honor fashion designer and entertainer Isaac Mizrahi with the Champion of Animals Award, a loyal supporter of ARF and a compassionate friend to animals in need.
The celebration of ARF’s life-saving work happened, under a tent, on ARF’s 22-acre campus in Wainscott. Guests enjoyed cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Olivier Cheng. The evening featured a live auction, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items, unique arfITECTURE cat and dog houses—works of art created by Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice, Robert Wilson and Steven Gambrell along with top architects and builders. There was also an online auction with charitybuzz.com.
Also joining in the festivities were a proud group of ARF cats and dogs available for adoption. See photos.
Afterwards, the party continued with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Guests from New York and the Hamptons attended a magical night for the animals with all proceeds going to benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs.
ARF’s mission is very close to Isaac’s heart. Each October since 2010, Isaac has championed ARF’s annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk, which he calls his favorite event of the year. Each year since then he has created an original work of art for the Dog Walk’s invitation and much-sough-after t-shirt. Isaac’s warmth and wit are a perfect match for the Walk. He and his husband Arnold have two rescue dogs: Dean, a Beagle-Jack Russell Terrier mix, and Kitty, a Collie mix, and Isaac and Arnold can often be found volunteering at ARF, walking our own resident dogs awaiting adoption.
The animals in ARF’s care come from animal control centers, high kill shelters across the country, and from people who can no longer care for their pets. In 2019, ARF will intake over 1,400 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 28,000 cats and dogs and placed them with loving families.
Photography: Barry Gordin