Friday, June 1, 2018

Bideawee Ball Celebrates 115 Years!

Portia owns the red carpet at the 2018 Bideawee Ball.
On Monday, May 21, more than 350 animal lovers came together for the The Bideawee Ball. They were there to celebrate Bideawee’s 115th year (!!) creating lifelong relationships between people and pets.  They also raised more than $630,000 to help the animals that call Bideawee — a leading animal welfare and pet adoption organization — home. 

The Broadway-themed bash, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, was attended by Tony nominees Orfeh and Andy Karl. Rounding out the Broadway cast was the evening’s host, Gregg Edelman, a 20-year veteran of theater, television and film and recipient of four Tony nominations.  Other notable guests included Loretta Swit, Tom Murro, Brent Qvale, Anthony Rubio and Dr. Lisa Lippman.
The Bideawee Adoption Van
The evening’s table setting
There were cocktails, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing, a photo booth, a mobile adoption van and an award ceremony to honor four individuals for their contributions to Bideawee, and to raise support for programs that help adoptable pets find forever homes.

This year’s honorees were Anthony Milone, President & CEO, Chairman of the Board, Cross County Savings Bank; John Olsen, Past Chair, Bideawee Ball; William Berloni, Animal Director and Trainer; and Matilda Wilkes, Bideawee Volunteer.  Featured prizes included an art deco diamond and emerald necklace, a trip for two to Bali, VIP tickets, airfare and hotel to “Dancing with the Stars” and a full page ad in People magazine featuring the winner’s four-legged, furry family member. Patrick McMullan was there to take it all in for us.
William Berloni, recipient of the Flora Kibbe Humane Hero Award, is the first animal trainer ever to be a Tony Award Honoree.  Mr. Berloni has worked with 27 Broadway shows, and all the dogs he trains are rescues.  He is the Animal Director of the new musical, “Because of Winn Dixie,” and has also trained animals for hundreds of off-Broadway shows, regional theater, touring musicals, television, and movies.
Leslie Granger with the evening’s Junior Honoree, 11-year-old Matilda Wilkes, a student at the British International School in Manhattan.  An active volunteer at Bideawee, Ms. Wilkes and her family foster Marlon Brando, a former long-term Bideawee resident who has an auto-immune disorder.  Marlon has flourished since becoming a special member of the Wilkes family.
Leslie Granger with Honoree John Olsen who has been an active Bideawee supporter since 2013, contributing as a gala committee member and then as chair in 2015 and 2016.  During Mr. Olsen’s time as chair, the gala set new records in total donations, raising more than $1 million.
Bideawee, which means “stay awhile” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, the charity’s mission is to be Greater New York’s leader in rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats and dogs with people who love them. My senior member of the family, Tobey, came to me from Bide-awee. He was one of a litter of pups – a combo of Shih-tzu and Maltese – who came to live here five years ago, rescued from a kill shelter in Mississippi.

Bideawee provides an array of services including adoption assistance, veterinary care, pet therapy programs, and pet memorial parks.  One hundred percent of their funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates adoption centers in New York City and Westhampton. For more information, visit:

Give, if you can. A check for $5 or $50 or $100, even once can be contributing to a better life for everybody.
Honoree Anthony Milone, far right with his family (l-r) Anthony, Michael, Sabrina, Joseph and Josephine.  Mr. Milone, the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cross County Savings Bank is active in his local community, serving on numerous boards and leading various community fundraising efforts, and is a life-long animal lover.
Leslie Granger, President and CEO of Bideawee and Gregg Edelman, the evening’s host. Loretta Swit and Ed Logan
Jesse Jacobsen with Ellie Pickles and Matthew Meyer
Gregg Edelman with Orfeh and Andy Karl
Todd Richter, Aomi, and Henry Delia von Neuschatz, Kevin von Neuschatz, and Leslie Granger
Tom Murro with Ruby and Brent Qvale with Mixon
Anthony Rubio and Kimba
Ron Welsh, Melinda Mora, and Stella Grace Forster and Portia
Katie Haller and Dr. Lisa Lippman
Joseph Sorbera, Jr. and Diane Sorbera Irene and John Scalfani with Cuda
Marvin Schwartz, Michael Moran, Elizabeth Moran, Charlie Schwartz, Donna Schwartz , and Maura Schwartz
Dr. Shian Simms and Melissa Treuman Caroline Loevner with Beau
Ray Merritt, Leslie Campbell, and Stuart Campbell
Pam Laudenslager, Guy Lawrence, and Ken Kraus
Tziporah Salamon and Mixon Stacy McCosky and Sadie Diva Dog
Nicholas Fessenden with Camila
Ana Burgos with Roxi, Shanice Lewis, Annie Mullen, Devin Hamlet, and Hilary Berryman
Joseph Sorbera III and Kristen Maresca Jason Howard and Lola
Enid Manning, Dr. Keith Manning, Dr. Erin Kulick, Ricardo Pacova, and Cecilia Asitimbay
Eugene Watkin, Draydle, Ariel, and Marjorie Conn Julian and Andrea Leone
Leslie Granger, Peter Marcus, and Diana Langer
Samantha Chrysler with Lady Sally Lawrence, Christina Lawrence, and Larry Lawrence
Megan Elizabeth Rose and Pharrell
Pallavi and Anil Atluri
Alysa Haas with Xero and Jen Floyd with Trixie
Jim Katsarelis, Nina Katsarelis, Vincent Impellitteri, Josephine Impellitteri, Andrea Pedelino, Gabriella Pedelino, Nicholas Katsarelis, Farrah Impellitteri, Jean Marco Impellitteri, and Sabrina Impellitteri
Steven Victorin and Neal Parker
Richard Lichter, Shara Zeitlin, and Fantine Bill Miller, Talbot Logan, and Teddy
Annette De Lorenzo and Alex Donner
Don Purdy, Matthew Deleon, Kelley Jenkins, and Don Jenkins
Ashot and Margeurite Ordukhanyan
Agnes Buczek, Adriana Barilli, and Gina Gabriel Karen Romanelli and John Camiolo
Michelle Toll, Spencer O'Flanagan, and Bill O'Flanagan
Kim Yarnell and Katie Righi
Lori Malberg, Liz Temkin, Barbara Kriesman, Luca, Linda Chrysler, Amy Winikoff, Zelda, Samantha Chrysler and Lady