12th ANNUAL SUGAR & CHAMPAGNE AFFAIR
January 31, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: VIP Chefs' Tasting Room
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Hosted by Chef Todd Gray & Ellen Kassoff Gray
Presented by Trade Center Management Associates
2013 Humane Hero Award Recipients
Every year, the Washington Humane Society honors our community's "Humane Heroes" who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals in the District and who have shown tremendous support for our programs and services. These award recipients have proven their commitment to and support of WHS and we truly appreciate their dedication to our mission.
Local Professional Athlete
WHS will honor Washington Nationals All Star and Silver Slugger Pitcher Stephen Strasburg with the Local Professional Athlete Humane Hero award. Strasburg and the Nationals have long supported WHS through various initiatives including the popular Pups in the Park events, which are hosted at Nationals Park several times a season. In 2012, Pups in the Park raised more than $16,000 for WHS and Strasburg proudly presented the check to WHS CEO, Lisa LaFontaine, before the fourth and final Pups game. Strasburg also recorded a PSA promoting WHS animal adoptions. Due to a prior commitment, Strasburg is unable to attend the Sugar & Champagne Affair, but he will receive his award at a Pups in the Park game during the upcoming 2013 season.
Officer Arthur G. Douglas Jr.
WHS will honor Arthur G. Douglas Jr., a Metropolitan Police Department Officer and School Resource Officer as a Humane Hero in the area of Education. Officer Douglas worked with the WHS Humane Educational Outreach Program to bridge the gap between the organization and local and government agencies in some of the most violent, and under resourced neighborhoods in the District. Officer Douglas invited WHS to participate in “Beat the Street,” a day of celebration and togetherness to dispel violence, and allowed two Humane Education interns to serve on the Youth Committee for the event. He is a role model to students, taking an interest in their lives and activities, and he helps WHS to establish trust in the community, fostering a sense of neighborhood ownership and responsibility with people and animals. We are pleased to present Officer Douglas with a Humane Hero award on behalf of his work to empower the youth of our community.
WHS will honor Emmy award-winning WUSA9 reporter Matt Jablow as a Humane Hero for making a difference in the lives of animals in the District. Jablow has built his career by reporting, anchoring, and producing for television stations across the nation, including in Houston, Denver, Baltimore, and New York. At various times throughout his career, Jablow was a crime and courts reporter, a business reporter, and a general assignment reporter. In the spring of 2012, Jablow came to the rescue for WHS, presenting a compelling story on a raccoon found with his front leg caught in an illegal steel jaw leg-hold trap, generating significant public interest. Jablow was determined to help, and fought diligently for the story to be air when other reporters and stations would not. Since then, Jablow has been a champion for the animals, reporting on pit bull discrimination and other animal friendly stories. For this, we express our sincere gratitude.
Officer John Carruthers
WHS will honor Metropolitan Police Department Officer John Carruthers as a Humane Hero for his ongoing support and assistance to the WHS Humane Law Enforcement Department. Over the years, Officer Carruthers has been instrumental in the investigation of some of the most serious animal cruelty cases in the District. He is a reliable resource to Humane Officers when gathering the necessary information needed to bring animal abusers to justice. In addition to his support during investigations, Officer Carruthers is the first man called when it is time to make an arrest. As soon as an arrest warrant is signed, the information is sent to him and he immediately moves it to the top of his priority list. Whether it’s just going to an abuser’s house, or coordinating joint responses with the U.S. Marshalls and other law enforcement agencies across state lines, Officer Carruthers does whatever it takes to find our suspects and bring them in. He has proven himself a hero to the abused animals of the District by making himself an integral component to the success and efficiency of the WHS Humane Law Enforcement department.
WHS will honor Marie Drissel with the Lifetime Achievement Humane Hero Award. As a third generation Washingtonian with a passion for public service, Drissel has dedicated a lifetime to the District and its animals. Her work for animals started in childhood as she cared for an injured crow and fed stray cats in her Petworth neighborhood, going door to door to find them adoptive homes. In the 1970’s, Marie began supporting the work of WHS and has never faltered in her continuous generosity. Through her compassion, determination and commitment she has saved and enriched the lives of thousands of animals. We are ever grateful for her continued involvement in WHS and her nearly 14 years of membership and leadership on our Board of Directors (1998-2012). We are honored to present Marie Drissel with a Humane Hero Award.
The Home Depot
WHS will honor The Home Depot with the Corporate Citizen Humane Hero Award. The Home Depot has been a wonderful friend and great partner to WHS, coming to the rescue in times of greatest need. From providing gift cards for our facilities’ improvement needs throughout the year, to locating and donating a generator during Hurricane Sandy when none could be found in the Mid-Atlantic, our friends at The Home Depot are always there for WHS when we need them! We are delighted to call The Home Depot one of our closest partners, and are honored to present them with this award.
Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers
WHS will honor Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers with a Humane Hero Award as a local business that is committed to helping homeless animals in DC. Over the years, Pro Feed has held numerous adoption and fundraising events, including the annual Holiday Photos with Your Pet events. This year they extended their generosity by becoming our volunteer shirt sponsor. Furthermore, they continuously collect donated items on our behalf and they have supported each and every one of our special events by providing sponsorships, donating auction items, and hosting booths. We thank Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers for their continued support, and are pleased to present them with this award.