On June 20, 2012 FriendshipWorks supporters came together to celebrate the human-animal bond at our Spring benefit, Paws, Pearls, and Pals. The evening included a silent auction, cocktail party, and pet fashion show. The event was held at the fabulous Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham. Throughout the night, guests learned how our programs change the lives of elders in and around Boston. They heard moving poetry and inspirational stories from staff and volunteers. The David Libby Award, given each year an extraordinary volunteer, was presented at the Spring benefit. The year’s recipient was Jane Weiss who has volunteered for 19 years with FriendshipWorks.
After the presentation of the award, the Museum soon filled with oohs, aahs, and laughter as the Pet Fashion show kicked off. With categories like Boston sports, black tie, and holiday-themed the audience experienced a great variety of fun, colorful outfits. Animals have a special ability to break through isolation regardless of age, language, and cognitive ability. Paws, Pearls, and Pals celebrated how friends of all shapes and sizes (even species) can work together to alleviate elder isolation.
All proceeds from this event supported FriendshipWorks’ efforts to match isolated elders with caring friends. We thank everyone who attended and/or supported this event. We hope to see you at next year’s Spring benefit.