April 08, 2005 - Petropolis is Haute to Trot for Harrison
What: 4th Annual Mutts and Models Fashion Show
Where: RISE Nightclub
When: April 8, 2005
Time: 6:30 pm
Beneficiary: Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital
Mistress of Ceremonies: Cheryl Preheim, 9NEWS
Master of Ceremonies: Kirk Montgomery, 9NEWS
Co-Chair(s): Martha Kelce, Holly Kylberg, Leigh Sullivan; Junior Co-Chair: Mackenzie Roberts
Executive Director: Judy Norman
Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Holly Hoting & First Financial Strategies; Garry Brauer, Linda Embree, Rita & Bob Foster, Maureen Grabeklis, Thayer Hubbard, Mimi Hull, Amy & Joe Joyce, Kathy & John Krause, Cathy McCall, Janet & Jim Mulkey, Linda Niven & David Patterson, DeDe Scheringa, Susan Stephens, Laura & Ron Uchida Uber Model: Jay Hearts & Professional Payment Services; Judy Hearst, Allison Hearst, Lisa Pederson, Amy Weinberg, Monica Signer, David Signer, Ginger Fedak, Sarah & Gary Magness, Baldoria Super Model : The Crazy Merchant & The MacMillan Family; Billy MacMillan, Kenndra Top, Lenice Davenport, Nate Zettel, Alberta Utech, Douglas Utech Cover Model: Beds~N~Biscuits, Cindy Lee & The Wags and Menace Make a Difference Program, Robert Couchman, DDS and the Couchman Appearance Center, Frances Tourtelot, B&B for D.O.G, Wax in the City, Schering-Plough - Tri-Heart Plus, Steven Kingsford & allaboutdenver.com, 5280 Magazine, Whitney and Morgan Kelce
Gala Production: Fashion Show produced by Tobie Orr
Models/Fashions: Fashions: Brandis B, Blush, Skye Models:Mackenzie Roberts, Alexandria Jimenez, Greg Nieto, Joanne Davidson, Peter Boyles, Whitney Kelce, Morgan Kelce, Rob Marshall, Billy MacMillan, Alison Ernst, Jordon Hartshorn, Stacey Donaldson, Erin Wygant, Cara McDonald, Tammy Vigil, Shaul Turner, Jeffrey Santangelo, Jay Paul Santangelo, Billy Van Jeusen, Mike Cruson, Thomas Kingsford, Cindy Lee, Bruce Miller, Steven Kingsford, Frances Tourtelot, Stephanie Riggs, Billy Van Huesen, Sr., Stephanie Doss
Event Coordinator: Everlasting Memories by Char
Decor/Rental Company: Scenographics - Dave Barnes
Board of Directors: Holly Hoting, Rosa DelaCruz, Jill Wayne, Bowman McLean, Marsha Duemke, George Schiel, John Davidson, Dr. Robert James, Madelyne Stevens, Karen Suing, Lisa Wermerling, Kristin Yantis
Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods
Mutts and Models, the can’t-miss event with haute hounds and couture kitties that benefits Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital had a spectacular showing for their annual fundraiser. This year’s theme, Petropolis, based on the 1920’s sci-fi movie Metropolis, offered a fun and funky celebrity canine fashion show at Rise Nightclub.
Unlike most fashion shows, the models were truly dogs. While both professional models and celebrities sashayed down the runway, each had the same signature ‘item’ with them - a dog.
“Pets are the true stars of the evening, especially our ‘Angels’- recovered animal patients who received extensive amounts of care at Harrison thanks to the funds we raise at Mutts and Models,” said Martha Kelce, one of the event co-chairs. Kelce, along with Holly Kylberg, and Leigh Sullivan were the co-chairs for the event, while Sullivan’s daughter Mackenzie Roberts , who also modeled in the show, was the junior co-chair.
The multi-media fashion show produced by Tobie Orr included local “haute to trot” celebs with canines in tow. Blush and Brandis B in Cherry Creek North and Skye in LoDo provided the fashions. The Dollhouse Revue gals danced on the stage during the fashion show and added an extra pizzazz to the futuristic-themed show and Dave Barnes with Scenographics designed the set for the futuristic underground world of cats and dawgs.
The co-chairs surprised two special Harrison supporters with a special thank you. The “Give the Dog a Bone” award was presented to two people who have made significant creative and personal contributions to the event. Each year Gabriel Conroy creates the images used on the invitations and Dave Barnes designs and creates the sets used for the show. Both guys have been providing their creative services to the event free of charge for the past three years.
The event was dedicated to Dr. Henry Everding, III, who passed away seven weeks ago in a climbing accident in Chile. Dr. Everding was the former Medical Director for the hospital and one of its most significant contributors. “He was skilled at everything he did,” said Medical Director Dr. Chris Glawe. “Henry was the guy everyone wanted to be. He excelled at everything he did. His motto was ‘work hard, play harder.'"
Harrison is a nonprofit, full-service, veterinary hospital serving animals who otherwise might not receive much needed medical care. The hospital serves low and fixed income and disabled clients but also offers services to full pay clients providing them the opportunity to save another pet’s life by using the hospital for their pet’s care.
Harrison works closely with other animal welfare organizations to promote humane and responsible pet ownership and to help reduce pet overpopulation. The hospital, accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, treats over 21,000 animals annually.