PHOTOS | Rubbing Noses with PALS

PHOTOS | Freshman Bingo with PALS

With canines large and small accompanying their model escorts along the runway, a fashion show took center stage Sunday at Rubbing Noses.

imageThe annual event is the signature fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support, which provides food and veterinary care for the pets of critically ill people.

PALS was founded to help people with AIDS care for their pets, but the client list has grown to include people with other chronic illnesses and elderly pet owners. Gay benefactors remain a key part of the budget plan, and the organization is an entrenched part of Atlanta’s gay culture.

The afternoon at Lambert Place, an event space near Cheshire Bridge Road, included clothes from gay-owned Boy Next Door and Luxe Atlanta, a silent auction, appetizers and plenty of music and even a few furry friends. With nearly 150 people attending, organizers met their fundraising goal, says Kevin Bryant, PALS executive director.

“We met our budgeted amount of just over $15,000, which will provide pet care throughout the lowest income time of the year for our 500 plus pets,” Bryant says. “This is why we have the event in the fall.”

The funds will pay for food and veterinary care, such as exams, shots and heart and flea medication, Bryant says.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from Rubbing Noses.

imageUp next for PALS is a busy October in which the non-profit hosts two of its popular bingo fundraisers. First up is “Golden Girls Bingo” on Oct. 14.

Two weeks later, on Oct. 28, PALS hosts “Pride Bingo” as part of the build-up to the Atlanta Pride Festival that weekend. Later that evening, also at Jungle, Pride hosts it’s last Stride into Pride event.

On Sept. 9, PALS hosted “Freshman Bingo” (bottom photo). View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.