The fundraising arm of the Fidose of Reality blog is Wigglebutt Warriors. On Saturday, April 16th, almost 200 people, 60 dogs, and one cat came together in the name of dog and fundraising for homeless canines in need for Wigglebutts Uncorked. Well, the Wiggy Awards capped the night off!
Brotherhood Winery served as the venue for the gala, which benefited NYC Second Chance Rescue. Receipts are being tallied, donations are being added up, and we will have a full report, a look behind the scenes, and some fabulous photos and videos to share.
2016 Wiggy Award Winners Named
During the Wigglebutts Uncorked gala, awards were given out in a variety of categories. Animal Planet’s Andrea Arden hosted the festivities as our celebrity emcee.
What is a Wiggy Award?
The Wiggys are awards that honor dogs (and cats) in a variety of categories and celebration of giving back. This year’s Wiggy Awards are sponsored by My Pet Harmony.
How Are Wiggy Award Winners Selected?
Judges make their way around the gala ballroom to select their winners. Several attendees are chosen at random and each given one or two categories to judge. In other cases, the Wigglebutt Warriors founders select the winners in certain categories such as Traveled the Farthest.
The 2016 Wiggy Award Winners
Here are the winners as they were selected. Photographs courtesy Juli Dritz Cialone of Cialone Photography:
Best Dressed Male: Ace of Marlene Ness
Best Dressed Female: Nevada of Terry St. Angelo
Any Species Other Than Dog: Coco the Couture Cat of Teri Thorsteinson
Cutest Mutt Award: Zoey of Jason Diehl and Dawn Webster
Best Wigglebutt: Coco O’Neill, rescued by NYC Second Chance Rescue
Outstanding Rescue Pet: Landis of Ryan Vayo
Friendliest Dog Award:Poppy of Kim Kiernan
Best Dressed Duo: This award goes to the best dressed pet parent and pet in attendance this evening: Lisa Coplin Kerner with Rose and Viki Anders with Kismet:
Traveled the Farthest: Lorien Clemens from Washington state
Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year: This award goes to someone who goes above and beyond to help save dogs’ lives. The person must exemplify the Wigglebutt Warriors slogan which is “Crusading to Save Dogs’ Lives”
We have a 3-way tie this year, for the first time ever!!
The first Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is: June Myers of Oklahoma, who gives so tirelessly to dogs in need: From volunteering to transport to foster and even foster failure!
And the second Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is: Jan Todd, who is also a rescue advocate. She volunteers her time to help dogs in need, transports and fosters, and has an active Justice for Pookie Facebook page.
And our third Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is Regina Mendoza, who is one year has fostered over 120 dogs and helped get them into loving, forever homes!
CLICK THIS: Susan Nation of Talent Hounds blog traveled from Canada to attend the gala event and here is her report on Wigglebutts Uncorked.
Stay tuned for more blog posts all week long recapping the celebration and fun! We will also be growing and doing more, so stay tuned in the coming months for other announcements. Meantime, please support your local rescue or favorite rescue online. Pets in need count on you!