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Pack your bags and set your sights on the adventure of a lifetime as you travel to Animal Friends' campus for Black Tie & Tails.  Your itinerary for the evening will be packed with fun and interactive food and drinks, live entertainment and countless ways for you to win fabulous prizes throughout the night - all while supporting Animal Friends' lifesaving mission.

For a truly first-class experience, upgrade your trip with a Patron Ticket and our team will chart your course for a truly unforgettable experience.

About Black Tie & Tails

The Best Gala in the 'Burgh is back! Pittsburgh's most unique, playful and lifesaving event returns to Animal Friends this year. Journey through a one-of-a-kind experience of delectable foods, creative cocktails, lively entertainment, thrilling auctions and much more.

Each year, thousands of companion animals make Animal Friends their destination for a second chance at the life every pet deserves. We hope that you will join us at this year's Black Tie & Tails as we come together to celebrate Animal Friends' lifesaving mission.  Of course, there will be plenty of time to mingle with the real party animals - the adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits of Animal Friends!

What To Know

Unpack your festive cocktail attire (but casual is fine, too!) and be sure to bring your comfortable footwear to make the most of Black Tie & Tails. From the red carpet to our wooded walking trails, you'll take in the sights and sounds of Animal Friends' scenic 75-acre campus.

As you travel through Black Tie & Tails, you will be greeted by a tantalizing array of interactive food stations curated by the culinary masters at Bistro to Go. Wine, beer and creative cocktails will be served up by our expert bartenders. Recognizing the impact of single-use items on our environment, we are proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Resources Council to reduce landfill waste from this year's event.

You'll want to extend your trip once you experience the dazzling décor and music ranging from smooth, toe-tapping jazz to high-energy pop and Motown hits that will have you grooving on the dance floor.

We can't wait to welcome you back to our campus, but we also recognize the uncertainty surrounding large gatherings at this time. Please know that Animal Friends will be mindful of CDC guidelines and our expansive campus will allow for plenty of outdoor space and social distancing as necessary.

Black Tie & Tails Host Committee

Host Committee Co-Chairs:
Julie and Ward* Strang

Event Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
Gina Carlos*, Beth Henry*, Sarah McKean*

Animal Friends' President & Chief Executive Officer:
Kathleen Beaver

Steven and Andrea Alschuler
Alisa Angelo
Marleen Ashton, Esq.*
Leslie and Scott Baker
Mary Ann Bogosta*
Erin and Matthew Butkovic
Gina* and John Carlos
Marlene Cornelius
Andrea Curtis* and Doug Kredel
Jeff* and Wendy Dutkovic
Robert Fragasso*
Paul Gitnik
Jeff* and Kelly Gleason
Patricia Hasselbusch
Beth* and Dave Henry
Elizabeth* and John Klamut
Patricia and Tim Kuzma
Sheri Levine-Everett*
Howard* and Rosemary Loevner
Claire LoPresti
Bonnie* and Chuck Loya
Donald and Mary Lucidi
Kevin McCluskey
Sarah McKean* and PJ Maloney
Linda and Tim Mitzel
Mark and Cathy Moir
Matthew Monsour*
Dena Mosti
Jacques Moye and Alexandria Wingrove
Jeff* and Jenn Mulrooney
Lee and Lisa Oleinick
Robert and Maryanne Purdy
Michelle* and Steven Race
Sherry and Dan* Ringer
Cindy* and Andy Russell
Doug* and Sarah Shriber
Charlotte* and David Stephenson
Gene Svrcek
Kelly Swart and Peggy Shields
Marcy Tenaglia and Brian Gates
Jessie VanSwearingen
John Weinstein*
Cris Winter* and Ron Ramsey 

* Denotes Animal Friends Board of Directors

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