23rd Annual Bark Ball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 20, 2010

Media Contact: Sabrina Fang

Phone: 202-683-1824 or 202-905-9978

E-mail: sfang@washhumane.org

Web site: www.washhumane.org

23nd annual Bark Ball

Washington’s only black-tie gala for the four-on-the floor

The Washington Humane Society’s Bark Ball is a very unique celebration; a black-tie event in the nation’s capital where you can bring your dog as your date! The event raises more than a quarter of a million dollars a year.

This year veteran journalists Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt will be our Event Co-Chairs and a famous dog with ties to the White House may make an appearance! The Bark Ball is being supported by everyone from Bob and Elizabeth Dole, Mary Matalin and James Carville, to Sheila Johnson and Mark Lerner.

All proceeds from the Bark Ball will go towards the most vulnerable beings in our community – the homeless animals of the District, and people who are in difficult situations with their pets. This year we expect to care for nearly 12,000 animals in our shelters, and to respond to calls from community members about an additional 14,000 animals experiencing some form of distress in the District.

Bark Ball is the Washington Humane Society’s largest annual fund raiser, and the fact that we have entered our second decade with this event is a testament to its reputation as a treasured and much anticipated Washington tradition.

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MEDIA AVAILABILTY:

Members of the press can meet and interview WHS President & CEO, Lisa LaFontaine and guests.

Event: 23rd Annual Bark Ball

Date: Saturday, June 5th 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact: Sabrina Fang, WHS Director of Marketing and Communications,      sfang@washhumane.org, 202-683-1824 or 202-905-9978

The Washington Humane Society, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. As the only open-access shelter in the nation’s capital, no call for help goes unanswered, and no animal is ever turned away. The Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to more than 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services.

For more information please call or e-mail the media contact above or visit: www.washhumane.org

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