Dogs are adorable but they fetched the short end of the stick, linguistically speaking. Here’s proof: Summer’s hottest months are known as “dog days”, “going to the dogs” is an idiom which describes something that has worsened, or use it to describe a woman and you’ll walk away with a stinging cheek, maybe worse.
But on March 29, man’s best friend was the symbol of sweetness. A dozen dogs from Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR) lined the sidewalk of Palm Beach’s legendary Mar-a-Lago to welcome “Wine, Women & Shoes” guests with bright-eyed interest and wet licks. The event raised thousands of dollars for BDRR, a nonprofit that shelters and secures homes for displaced canines.
Oversized floral-shaped dogs (designed by The White House‘s master florist Ruth Loiseau, pictured above) held court as hunky Shoe Guys* served the fido-j’adoring crowd wine and Champagne from silver trays.
Chaired by Emily Pantelides, the afternoon featured wine tastings, live and silent auctions, a marketplace stocked with luxe shoes, jewelry, and accessories, a Manolo Blahnik shoe lounge, a “Best in Shoe” competition, and a Neiman Marcus spring fashion show (see pictures below).
During lunch, partygoers were treated to special presentations by honorary chairs Suzy Welch and her daughter Eve Wetlaufer, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. One fashionable guest, Dr. Sandra Spender, was awarded “Best in Shoe”, a footwear competition judged by Luxe Vivant’s Kerry Shorr (pictured below).
and Joey Ciolli of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
“Wine, Women & Shoes” event committee included: Maite Arnedo, Enid Atwater, Amy Bradshaw, Kathy Casper, Alys Daly, Kim Donaldson, Sarah Gatewood, Elaine Hinsdale, Britney Linsky, Jennifer Loiseau, Tonya Love, Heather Neville, Jackie Nicholson, Jackie Paul, Amy Reid, Elisa Saunders, Rebecca Seelig, Shanna St. John, Julie Thomas, and Soraya Thornton.
*Distinguished gentlemen from Palm Beach County.
Lead photo of Trotter the French Bulldog courtesy of Sonya Yu
All photos courtesy of Raymond Clerie, Real Memories Photography & Films