Wag your tail at annual service dog benefit

Puppy stock photoIt’s almost time to kick up your heels at the Denim Heels Boots Tails event hosted by Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD).

A fabulous friend and fund-raising event, to take place on Saturday, June 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the waterfront home of Jennifer and Daniel Gressel in Riverside, the benefit raises funds at the annual event to carry out the mission of ECAD, which educates and places service dogs.

“We are privileged to announce that honorees at this year’s event are the well-known philanthropist, Patricia Lanza, president of the Lanza Family Foundation, and United Rentals, in recognition for their support of Veterans,” said Dale Picard, co-founder and executive director of ECAD.

Ms. Lanza, a resident of Westchester County, has been a long-time believer in ECAD’s mission and has given significant funding to the ECADemy Program. She will be presented with the distinguished Open Doors Award at the event.

United Rentals, whose corporate offices are in Greenwich, will be the first recipient of the U.R. Healing Award, named in their honor for their support of veterans and continued generosity to ECAD’s Project HEAL Program, which provides service dogs to veterans.

This year’s event, overseen by the masterful hand of Jo Rosenfeld Major Occasions, will maximize the stunning waterfront location that includes a clear view of Manhattan and a Zen Garden. Cocktails and an alfresco buffet supper will be served. Entertainment will include music by Livingston Leo, Smooch a Pooch photos with ECAD’s newest litter of puppies, Step and Repeat, and demos with service dogs by Lu Picard, co-founder of ECAD. Harmer Johnson will serve as auctioneer.

Mark Goodman, an original MTV VJ, who is currently the personality for Sirius Radio’s 80s music show, will be the evening’s emcee.

The items for both the silent and live auctions will be varied and interesting. Included in the live auction is a dinner for four at Le Bernadin; a champagne lunch for 20 at Saks Fifth Avenue with a fashion and beauty consultant; a seven-day stay at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica; a striking, one of a kind gold, pearl and citrine pendant and chain designed by Robert Bruce Bielka and selected from Betteridge’s Estate Collection; and the right to name an ECAD service dog.

Tickets are available online and can also be purchased at the event. For further information, visit ecad1.org/DHBT, or call 914-693-0600, ext. 1950.

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