Paws4You, a Miami-based, non-profit animal rescue organization, raised $75,000 at its second annual, casino-themed fundraising gala, “Chopard Presents Diamonds are Forever.” The gala raised funds for Paws4You Rescue in support of their mission to save dogs from the threat of euthanasia in Miami-Dade County.
The black-tie event was attended by 300 guests, who were greeted by the organization’s rescue pooches upon arrival. Once inside the venue, guests made their way in through the red carpet and step and repeat. The casino-themed fundraiser event included a dinner buffet and libations, as well as roulette and other Vegas style games to raise money for the shelter. Well-known philanthropists and committed community members Paul and Swanee DiMare were presented with an honorary award for their years of support to Paws4You. David Cone, a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his perfect pitching season and publishing a book co-authored with Yankees analyst Jack Curry, was also honored at the gala. Other special guests of honor in attendance included “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star and New York Times best-selling author, Teresa Giudice.
The glamorous affair was emceed by Emmy Award-winning journalist Cynthia Demos, WPLG Channel 10’s Jacey Birch, and well-known attorney Paul Cowan. Throughout the night, guests tried their luck in numerous casino games, including fan-favorites such as blackjack and roulette. Live entertainment was presented by a Broadway style dance group which performed a show stopping number to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Guests also enjoyed a “Doggie Bar” sponsored by Chopard with doggie treats, and one lucky guest won a custom signature Chopard dog bowl.