On April 21 of this year, the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals culminated with the 13th Humane Society Furry Friends Fashion Fair which is now titled the Bernice Simms Furry Friends Rescued on the Runway. In honor of the founder of the event, Bernice Simms, this fun and enjoyable fund raiser has been dedicated to raising money to carry out the day-to-day operations of the shelter in nurturing and caring for the thousands of animals admitted to the shelter.

The success of this event which was held at the Lerner Theatre, a wonderful and pleasant venue where staff are always so accommodating, was also due to the numerous individuals who worked to coordinate and carry out the event. A special thanks to event co-coordinators, Stephanie Krol and Nicole Cripe, along with their entourage of individuals who helped to obtain donations, contact sponsors, prepare donations for the event, marketing, etc. (Lana Davis, Janet Graham, Anne Reel, Dina Harris, Jessie Shuff, Bernice Simms and Nanci Wirt). Event support volunteers and shelter staff members were also on hand (too many to name but definitely greatly appreciated) to help with registration, photos, directing attendees to their tables and fantastic dog handlers to keep the canine crew entertained throughout the evening.And the main attraction included fabulous Stephenson’s fashions being worn by 19 models who were accompanied by their adorable dogs which included some Humane Society alumni dogs! Thanks to Danny Reynolds and his generous team!Thanks to tops sponsors, LaVanture Products and Rick Burns Orthodontics along with pre-event support from fourteen corporate sponsors and twenty-two individual gifts along with fifty-five in-kind donations.Lastly, a huge thanks to the approximately 300 individuals who attended the event and shared their generosity! Overall, a total net of $58,700 was raised to care for the over 40 species of animals encountered by the shelter.We extend our thanks to the generosity of the Elkhart County community and hope you share in the pride of all that is done to be a humane community in addressing animal welfare issues.Anne K. Reel,Executive DirectorHumane Society of Elkhart County

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