Paws on the Dance Floor

There is absolutely nothing better than an event that's as fun as it is successful. The 2022 Paws on the Dance Floor, held Friday, April 8, at Art Ovation Hotel, raised an incredible $268,982 for the shelter animals at HSSC.

From start to finish, it was an event like no other. Guests were treated to a non-stop party atmosphere, beginning with dangerously delicious cocktails and some excellent people watching, courtesy of the "dress like your favorite musical genre or artist" theme. Pretty much every era was represented, from 1920s flappers to 1950s poodle skirts, flower children to aerobics instructors, material girls to grunge gals. Britney Spears and Tina Turner even sent their lookalikes. Once inside the ballroom, the party really got started when Derric and The Thrill took to the stage. This high-energy trio danced us through the musical decades and had the crowd on their feet. Auctioneer Jason Alpert expertly guided the program, which was punctuated by speeches from Executive Director Anna Gonce and Board President Jennifer Steube. Resident miracle kitty Sydney and her animal care staff mom Tina even graced the podium to show the lifesaving lengths HSSC will go to. When all was said and done, more than $150,000 in "raise your paw" gifts had been committed, 9 people had won trips to either Hawaii or Ireland, and a dozen more had shaken their tail feathers on stage during the TikTok Viral Dance Challenge. When the event officially ended at 2pm, guests beelined to the hotel rooftop for the unofficial afterparty and an impromptu dance party, complete with soundtrack by DJ Tony Foradini-Campos.

Thank you to everyone who made this day such a memorable one. Your generosity will help HSSC achieve our goal of saving more than 2,700 animals this year. 

Co-Chairs Donna Koffman and Tammy Karp with the Hot Guys

Goregous lighting, funky centerpieces, and neon linens added to the dance party effect

Anna Gonce, Executive Director, and Jennifer Steube, Board President

Dr. Sarah Kirk and Dr. Jill Kirk (aka Britney Spears) embraced the dress code

Derric Gobourne, Jr. and The Thrill kicked off the party with dance tour through the decades

Christine, Tutti, and Fernando Del Monte made it a family affair and won the TikTok viral dance challenge


EVENT SPONSORS







Event Committee

Co-Chairs: Tammy Karp & Donna Koffman

Jason Alpert
Stacie Baer
Janet Boyden
Sonja Conklin
Lisa Eldridge
Daria Fairchild
Melinda Foster
Sonia Gibson
Anna Gonce
Diana Grandy
Jenny Hamner
Alisa Heedy
Alissa Jackson
Teresa Jones
Mark Kowalski
Michelle Matson
Veronica Brandon Miller
Jennifer Poppen
Pam Pucetas
Bob Rothbard
Autumn Steiner
Jennifer Steube
Allison Werner
Caryn Wilbraham
Elizabeth Yarber
Rachael Zucker

Hot Guys

Rob Boyland
Fernando Del Monte Sol
Will Feicht
David Heedy
Harry Koffman
Gavin Kondrup
Peter Kondrup
Samuel Mathews
Michael Mendez
Paul Sellers
Jeremy Shelby
Dan Starostecki
Casey Torrance
Ryan Williams
Jared Wurtzel
Jeff Yablon

Production

Jason Alpert
Auctioneer and Emcee

CCAV Event Production
A/V, Lighting, Staging

Cliff Roles
Photographer

Cristina Campos & Brittany Forte
Art Ovation Hotel

Derric Gobourne, Jr.
Terrell Alexander,
Dale Hill
Dance Troupe

Heath Jordan
Videographer

Tony Foradini-Campos
DJ

Tyler Butler & Joanna Hampton
Out & About Sarasota

Prize Donors

Art Ovation Hotel
Boudoir By Tutti
Caryn & Ian Wilbraham
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Kimberly Marlow/Marlow Style
Melinda Foster
Rob Boyland/Cathead Distillery
UBHaven
HSSC Board of Directors

Retailers

INfluence Style
Key Salon & Boutique

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