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Celebrates Hero K-9 Officer Mitchell and NY State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control Accelerant Detection Canine Teams
(New York – December 11, 2017) The Animal Medical Center (AMC), the largest non-profit animal hospital in the country, will honor Ms. Georgina Bloomberg, an ardent advocate for animal welfare, at its annual Top Dog Gala. This year’s event will raise $1.7 million and will also honor several extraordinary canines. The benefit, co-chaired by Robert Couturier, Nancy Kissinger, Elaine Langone, Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy and Annette de la Renta will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Famed designer David Monn has created a wonderfully festive holiday décor, enhanced by his signature centerpieces of hand-crafted dogs and cats. More than 500 guests are expected to attend, including: Kathie Lee Gifford, Clive Davis, Elaine and Kenneth Langone, Dr. Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Katharine and William Rayner, Barbara and Robert Liberman, and Emilia Krimendahl.
Ms. Bloomberg, an accomplished professional equestrian, noted philanthropist and founder of The Rider’s Closet, a program that collects used riding clothes and donates them to programs and riders in need, will be presented with AMC’s Brooke Astor Award. Ms. Bloomberg is an EQUUStar for the EQUUS Foundation and serves on several boards, including the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
“Georgina Bloomberg exemplifies the profound impact that one individual can have on the lives of those creatures who cannot advocate for themselves,” said Kathryn Coyne, Chief Executive Officer at AMC. “She has committed time, energy, philanthropy and her voice to the cause of animal welfare.”
“The Brooke Astor Award was created to recognize an individual who, in word and deed, emulates Mrs. Astor’s ideals and values to preserve and protect the human-animal bond, and Georgina is a true example of her legacy. Georgina’s passion for and steadfast commitment to helping animals is second only to her generous spirit,” said Robert Liberman, Chairman, AMC’s Board of Trustees.
AMC will also honor Hero K-9 Officer Mitchell, a tracking, patrol and narcotics dog and a member of the Jamestown, New York Police Department SWAT team. During a 2016 incident, K-9 Mitchell was grievously injured but his actions saved the lives of his handler and three other officers. In recognition of his heroic actions, New York State Senator Catharine Young introduced legislation for Mitchell’s Law, making it a felony to injure a dedicated K-9 Officer. Mitchell’s Law passed in the State Senate and is in review in the State Assembly.
A special tribute will be presented to the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control Canine Accelerant Detection Program. These extraordinary canines, many of whom came from shelters or rescue organizations, are trained to detect the scent of common liquids associated with possible arson and work with local fire departments, law enforcement and arson task forces to assist in fire investigations.
“AMC is privileged to recognize these canines and celebrate the unique bond that exists between all working dogs and their handlers. It is an unbreakable bond built on loyalty and trust that comes from endless hour of training, working and living together,” said Ms. Coyne.
About Animal Medical Center
Established in 1910, the Animal Medical Center is a non-profit animal hospital dedicated to providing compassionate and collaborative care to animals and to leading the advancement of veterinary medicine through innovative clinical research and education. For more information, please visit: www.amcny.org.
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