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2015 Sugar & Champagne Affair

February 4, 2015

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM     NEW! Exclusive Experience
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM     VIP Chefs' Tasting Room
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM     General Reception

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 

Hosted by Chef Todd Gray & Ellen Kassoff Gray
Equinox Restaurant & Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA

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2015 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.


Corporate Citizen

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WHS will honor the political consulting firm DC London with the Corporate Citizen Humane Hero Award. The exceptionally talented team at DC London specializes in strategic campaigns for candidates and issue advocacy. In addition to tactical consulting, DC London has an award winning creative team that has produced hundreds of TV and video web ads. They have generously donated their services and talents to WHS to conceptualize, direct, staff and produce informative PSAs and inspiring videos. The inspiring work of DC London has helped WHS to share our mission through numerous original and imaginative mediums. We are grateful for their incredible work and are honored to present them with this award.


Mark Lerner, Washington Nationals

WHS will honor Mark Lerner, principal owner of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, with the Sports Franchise Humane Hero Award. Mr. Lerner was instrumental in launching our partnership with the Washington Nationals to create Pups in the Park… a series of games where dog loving Nats’ fans take over a few sections of right field, along with their dogs, to simultaneously celebrate their Natitude and love of WHS! In our first four amazing seasons, Pups in the Park has raised over $60,000 to support the animals of WHS.  Mr. Lerner and his wife Judy are also annual supporters of the Bark Ball, long-time friends of WHS, and are proud dog parents to Bogey and Lucy, both miniature Schnauzers. We are tremendously grateful for this terrific community partnership and most appreciative of Mr. Lerner’s continued leadership.

Media Personality

Sarah Anne Hughes, DCist

Sarah Anne Hughes, the managing editor of the Washington City Paper, former editor of local news site DCist, and has been an animal lover since she first shoved her face in the fur of her family dog, Grouse. Upon taking positions at the Washington Post and DCist, Sarah informed her editors that she would be regularly writing about animals. Now the boss, she has made good on that promise by writing about the Washington Humane Society's many creative adoption campaigns, gains in live-release rates and innovative programs that keep pets out of shelters. A strong believer in WHS's mission, she has fostered a dozen dogs for a local rescue. She is proud to be the caregiver to a nearly 19-year-old mini poodle, Dante, rescued in 2010. This honor is her Pulitzer.

Animal Ally

Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies

Becky Robinson, founder and President of Alley Cat Allies, was the first person to address the issue of feral cats on a national scale and introduced Trap Neuter Return (TNR to the American public. Starting out her efforts here in DC some 20 plus years ago, Becky has continued to help the feral and free roaming cat population here in the District through education, awareness and support. Because of her, there have been literally tens of thousands of litters not born to outdoor cats and it is reflected in the overall population both in the streets and in the shelters.

Field Services

Holly Shick, Assistant United States Attorney, D.C. 2006-2014

WHS will honor Holly Shick with the Field Services Humane Hero Award.  Ms. Shick was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2006 through 2014.  During that time, Ms. Shick prosecuted violent crimes ranging from domestic assaults to homicides.  Ms. Shick prosecuted and assisted with the prosecution of numerous animal cruelty cases, including most notably, “Porter's and Roxy's case,” resulting in the imposition of a 25-month sentence for the defendant.  Ms. Shick also volunteered for WHS from 2001 through 2014, fostering cats and kittens, working at adoption events, and volunteering at the shelter.  Her proudest achievement as a volunteer was encouraging six of her former colleagues at the U.S. Attorney's Office to adopt a total of eight of her foster kittens.  Ms. Shick is also the proud Mom of two cats from the New York Avenue Adoption Center (Peyton and P. Kitty), and she is now volunteering at Best Friends in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she and her foster failures now live.  Ms. Shick was a tremendous ally and an advocate for the animals and citizens of the District during her tenure in DC, and while she is greatly missed, we are thrilled to be able to honor her and her work with this award.

Community Partner

Anne Stom, Annie's Ace Hardware

Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware believes in being a solid community partner.  In the Summer of 2012 Annie’s welcomed Washington Humane Society to begin a monthly adoption event.  Since then, every month WHS volunteers and 6-8 cats set up temporary shop in Annie’s shop!  Even Ursula, Annie’s tiny canine Head of Security welcomes the cats to the store.  Annie’s also promotes the adoption events to their customers, and many cats have found homes thanks to being in the right place (Annie’s) at the right time.  Annie’s also welcomes WHS cats during large in-store events, like the recent “Ladies Night”… and evening that including demonstrations and learning opportunities that could have easily filled the store, but Annie’s was sure space was there for WHS kitties.  Extending community beyond the store walls, Annie’s also donated materials for the construction of an enclosure for community cats who could not live safely where they were free-roaming.  Thank you Annie’s, on behalf of all the WHS cats and kittens whose lives you’ve helped save.

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