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Animal Friends’ Recycled Pets are Best! gala a success

“I already have five; I can’t bring any more home!” laughed Bob Fragasso, who was among those of us having our willpower tested during Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails: Recycled Pets are Best! gala at the Circuit Center in the South Side on Saturday.

Indeed, it was good luck! to anyone trying to walk on past the big brown eyes that lined both sides of the hallway as we meandered in and had to sit, stay for awhile, mentally calculating how many furballs we could fit into our Fords.

Inside, honorary chairs Howard and Rosemary Loevner joined co-chairs Tracey Eakin, Sarah McKean and Cindy Russell for a sell-out wine-and-dine that also saw the likes of party animals Mark and Catherine Loevner, artist Wayno, Kathy Fertig, Christi Robinette, prez David Swisher and board chair Marleen Ashton, aww-ing their way through a crowd that included a top hat-wearing rabbit and a pit bull with a pedicure.

Tails were wagging as more than $400K was fetched during this fave fete, with donors coming forward with $86K just for the rescue, rehab and re-homing of homeless animals.

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Howard and Rosemary Loevner with O’Bannon during Black Tie and Tails – Animal Friends at the Circuit Center on Saturday, November 6, 2010.Mike ManciniFanfareMM FF Tails 01


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