2024 Better Together Gala is a Huge Success

On April 26th, 2024, more than 275 attendees turned out to support Anderson Humane’s 12th Annual Gala, Better Together: Animals In Translation. This Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year to not only benefit domestic and wild animals but the people who love them as well.  Dean Daubert, Anderson Humane CEO and event master of ceremonies was joined onstage by guest speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin. 

The presentation of the Ruth & Ivar Anderson Founder’s Award for long-standing and meritorious philanthropic support of our organization recognized this year’s recipient, Sharon O’Bryan. Our Animal Welfare Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions positively impact animal welfare, was given to Cathy Murphy, owner of The Puddle in South Elgin. Our Purple Paw Animal Award recipient was therapy dog, Julia, who was accompanied by her handlers, Terri Albright and Karen Stout.

The main event kicked off at 5:30 pm for the cocktail reception, where guests sampled butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, enjoyed live piano music provided by Thomas Hartnett, posed for pictures with our Pushmi Pullyu courtesy of Stoked Graphics, and sipped signature cocktails courtesy of bar sponsor, Liam Dixon. Guests also had the chance to meet some Healing Paws therapy dogs and get up close and personal with our friendly ambassador opossum. 

As guests moved into the Ballroom for a sit-down dinner, they were treated to the insight of Dr. Temple Grandin on how to recognize and read animal communication cues. Fundraising highlights during the program included live and silent auctions presided over by MegaEvents auctioneer, Mike Namoff. Moving stories of domestic and wild animals successfully journeying through Anderson Humane from intake through adoption/release were also shared. After the Gala, attendees enjoyed photo opportunities, cocktails, dinner, and a Treat Bar provided by Carousel Candies.

Thanks to your support, Anderson Humane continues its vital work of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming animals in need. Your contributions make a real difference in their lives.

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