Gala 2018 Press Release2023-04-13T07:43:18-04:00

North Shore Animal League America’s “Get Your Rescue On Gala” Rocks New York City To Celebrate A Year Of Life Saving Rescue Work

Attendees Included Honorary Gala Chairs Beth & Howard Stern, Gala Host Impractical Jokers’ Joe Gatto, Crystal Collar Honoree iHeart Radio’s Elvis Duran and Live Performance By Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Member Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Proceeds from Star-Studded Gala Benefit Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center


(Port Washington, New York)

North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, celebrated  another year of animal rescue work at its annual Get Your Rescue OnGala on Friday, November 30th at Pier 60 At Chelsea Piers. This year’s evening was the coolest party in town, drawing attendees from all sectors of New York’s animal-loving community and beyond.  Impractical Jokers star Joe Gatto served as host for the evening’s festivities where iHeart radio legend Elvis Duran received the Crystal Collar Award® and Corporate Honoree Tito’s Handmade Vodka was recognized.  The gala’s grand finale was a phenomenal live performance by rock ‘n’ roll icon Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.

Beth and Howard Stern

Left to Right – Howard Stern, Beth Stern, Joan Jett, Elvis Duran, Joe Gatto

The next generation of heroes was represented by McKinney “Mac” Meek, the Ashland, KY high school junior and Mutt-i-Grees® Curriculum National Student Ambassador who received North Shore Animal League America’s first-ever “Mutt-i-Grees Humane Leadership Award.”

Among the “bold face names” to grace the red carpet, in addition to Beth and Howard Sternwere Radio Legend and Crystal Collar Honoree Elvis Duran; Impractical Jokers’ star and Event Host Joe Gatto; Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joan Jett And The Blackhearts; The Howard Stern Show’s Robin Quivers and Gary Dell‘Abate; Impractical Jokers’ Brian “Q” Quinn; Stage, Film and TV actress, Kathryn Erbe; President & CEO, The Hallmark Channel, Bill Abbott; TV producer, entertainer and comedian, Brian BalthazarWPIX-11 Anchor, Tamsen FadaliHeart Radio Personality Maria MilitoComedian Lisa Lampanelli;  iHeart Radio Personality Mo Bounce; Good Morning America Producers Tony Morrison and Danielle Librizzo; Good Morning America Correspondent Will Ganss; NY Yankees Play-By-Play Broadcaster Michael Kay and Broadcast Journalist Jodi Applegate; New York Live host Lauren Scala; Journalist/Author Carole Radziwill; Fashion Designer Mark Bouwer; Actor Branden Wellington; Jersey Shore Vacation’s Vinny Guadagnino; WPIX-11 Anchor Dan Mannarino; among others.

The yearly Gala supports North Shore Animal League America’s ever-expanding no-kill mission with all proceeds from the event dedicated to the ongoing capital campaign for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center located on the Port Washington, NY campus.  This 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will enable Animal League America to rescue many more animals by adding a second floor to the existing shelter that will host a cage-free, natural living environment for felines.  Overall, this project will enable us to provide the best quality of life for all the animals in our care while they await adoption into loving homes.

Media Contact:
Kathleen Lynn
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About North Shore Animal League America

Animal League America has saved more than 1,000,000 lives.  As the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn’t complete until each animal is placed into a loving home.  Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty and advance standards in animal welfare.  We reach across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded shelters, unwanted litters, puppy mills, natural disasters and other emergencies and find them permanent, loving homes.

About Pet Adoptathon®

Pet Adoptathon® is an initiative developed by North Shore Animal League America that, for more than two decades, has brought together the international animal shelter and rescue community to raise awareness of the plight of homeless pets worldwide and to find them loving and permanent homes. In 2017 Pet Adoptathon® included more than 2,000 participating animal shelters and rescue groups in 50 states (plus Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and internationally in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Peru, Philippines. The result was more than 30,000 shelter pets being placed in loving, permanent homes.