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25th Annual Bark Ball

25th Annual Bark Ball

A Benefit for the Washington Humane Society
Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Washington Humane Society’s 25th annual black-tie gala will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Washington Hilton. This event is the only black-tie event for Washington, DC’s movers and shakers where they can bring their canine companions as their dates. The Bark Ball draws many of the area's most illustrious residents and their four-legged friends, all in honor of the programs and services of the Washington Humane Society. The guest list always includes leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds.

There will be a reception followed by an extensive silent and live auction, dinner, program, dancing, and special surprises.

If you cannot attend the Bark Ball, but would like to make a donation, please click here.


Thank you to everyone that will be attending the 25th Annual Bark Ball.

If you would like to be added to the "Wait List" for tickets please email If any tickets become available we will contact you.


Washington Hilton
(International Ballroom)
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

*Check-in will be located in the Terrace Lobby


6:30 pm:
VIP Reception 

7:00 pm:
Reception, Silent Auction, & Bark Bar

8:00 pm:
Dinner, LIVE Auction, Program & Dancing

Master of Ceremonies

Scott Thuman, ABC7 News and News Channel 8


For event information:
Emily Miller
Special Events Manager

For media information:
Jacquie Toppings
Director of Marketing and Communications


Click here to see a sneak preview of the fabulous auction items awaiting you at the event.

Commemorative Poster

Get your 25th Annual Bark Ball commemorative poster today.
Click here to order!
2012 Bark Ball Poster

Please Note:
Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to attend. All proceeds will directly benefit the animals and programs of WHS.

Bark Bar Sponsored by

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Click here to view photo's from the 24th Annual Bark Ball

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2012 BB Web Graphic

Honorary Host Committee:

(List in formation)

Representative Roscoe Bartlett
Senator Max Baucus
Grace and Morton Bender
Senator Michael F. Bennet
Representative Judy Biggert
Representative Marsha Blackburn
Ambassador Charles W. Blackwell
Honorable William M. &
Deeda Blair, Jr.
Representative Earl Blumenauer
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Councilmember Muriel Bowser
Donna Brazille
Councilmember Kwame Brown
Honorable Michael A. Brown
Senator Richard Burr
Representative Dave Camp
Representative Michael Capuano
Representative Shelley Moore Capito
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Councilmember David Catania
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh
Representative Wm. Lacy Clay
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Thad Cochran
Senator Susan Collins
Representative Gerry Connolly
Representative John Conyers
Senator John Cornyn
Representative Geoff Davis
Representative Diana DeGette
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Representative John Dingell
Honorable Bob Dole &
Honorable Elizabeth Dole
Representative Michael Doyle
Councilman Jack Evans
Representative Sam Farr
Representative Michael Fitzpatrick
Representative Jim Gerlach
Councilmember Jim Graham
Mayor Vincent C. Gray
Representative Raul Grijalva
David Gregory & Beth Wilkinson
Representative Michael Grimm
Representative Ralph Hall
Representative Maurice Hinchey
Representative Rush Holt
Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Johnny Isakson
Representative Jesse Jackson
Sheila Johnson
Senator Tim Johnson
Representative Walter B. Jones
Senator John Kerry

Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Representative Dennis Kucinich

Representative Leonard Lance
Senator Mary Landrieu
Representative Tom Latham

Representative Steven LaTourette

Representative Barbara Lee
Ted & Lynn Leonsis
Mark & Judy Lerner
Representative Jerry Lewis
Representative John Lewis
Representative Zoe Lofgren
Representative Carolyn Maloney
Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Mary Matalin & James Carville
Councilmember Phil Mendelson
Representative James Moran
Representative Richard Neal
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
Representative John Olver
Councilman Vincent Orange
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Representative Bill Pascrell
Representative Gary Peters
Gordon Peterson and Anne Fleming
Representative Todd Platts
Representative Jared Polis
Senator Mark Pryor
Representative Dave Reichert
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Pat Roberts
Representative Peter Roskam
Representative Steven R. Rothman
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
Representative Edward Royce 
Senator Bernard Sanders
Representative John Sarbanes
Representative Adam Schiff
Representative Aaron Schock
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Representative Brad Sherman
Representative John Shimkus
Representative Pete Starck
Representative Betty Sutton
Representative John Tierney
Representative Niki Tsongas
Representative Fred Upton
Representative Chris Van Hollen
Councilmember Tommy Wells
 Representative Allen West
Representative Ed Whitfield &
Connie Harriman-Whitfield
Senator Roger Wicker 
Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt 

Committee Co-Chairs:

Anissa Grossman & Beth Viola

Planning Committee:

Eddie Adkins
Jeanie Adkins
Tom Alexander
Cathy Arevian
David Dlugacz
Terri Fariello
Lisa Fiddleman
Lita Frazier
Sam Lancaster 

Julie Minerva
Nicole Rodgers
Royal Roth
Howard Spector
Aimee Steel
Jonathan Taylor
Michael Wascom
Lori Welch

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WHS Ambassadors

These local media celebrities are proud WHS supporters and will be escorting some of our adoptable pups at Bark Ball.

Natasha Barrett

Natasha Barrett

Howard Bernstein

Howard Bernstein

Allison Seymour

Allison Seymour

 Scott Thuman - 2012 BB

Scott Thuman
ABC7 News and News Channel 8 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

(As of May 21, 2012)

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