David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

13 November 2012

Official openings

The Morris Animal Foundation hosted “Leading the Way," its Second Annual Gala on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at a private club in New York City. The event was designed and produced by Kate Edmonds Events, and chaired by Dr. David Haworth, Robin Reardon Nelson, Kate Donner, and Barbara Regna.

Cocktails were served in the Big Cat Lounge featuring jungle prints, palms, big cat cut-outs, kia royales and beautiful tropical lighting. Tito The Pom was in attendance, charming the guests.

The ballroom doors opened to a cooling counterpoint, a room designed to celebrate all the ocean and its creatures. A sea of animal print dresses and accessories swirled around the room, adding to the décor. The unusual centrepieces of barnacles, wild coral roses, beach grass and exotic shells set the mood, as did the music from Alex Donner and his Orchestra. The Reverend Douglas Ousley from the Church of the Incarnation gave a great invocation for wildlife followed by a three course dinner, starting with a delicious English Pea Soup.

The gala honored Dr. Janine Brown, a reproductive physiologist at the Conservation & Research Center of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. For more than 25 years, Dr. Brown has led research projects to better understand the reproductive biology of endangered wildlife and is devoted to increasing the body of knowledge that will lead to better management and conservation of endangered species. Her specific research areas include studying the reproductive and behavioral relationships in big cats and rhinoceroses.

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary care for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Morris is the global leader in animal health science, and their funding helps more species in more places than any other organization in the world. Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. believed there was a need for a foundation that solely addressed the health and welfare of animals.

He also knew science has the power to change the world. When he established Morris Animal Foundation in 1948, Dr. Morris envisioned a world in which scientific discoveries would lead to healthy lives for animals. Since its founding, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $70 million towards more than 2,000 studies, and these studies have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures for animals. Some of the breakthroughs funded through the Foundation have become gold standards in veterinary care.

Notable attendees included; Dr. Janine Brown, Sharon Bush, Alex and Kate Donner, Vicki Downey, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Dr. David Haworth, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation, Larry Kaiser, Alison Minton, Barbara and Peter Regna, Lawrence and Helen Remmel, Janna Bullock, Alexes Reardon, Charity Poth, Rosalie Brinton, Edward Callaghan, John Wegorzewski, Countess Dagmar de Brantes, Rod O'Connell, Robin Reardon Nelson and Norman Nelson, Jean and Martin Shafiroff.


Alison Minton