Pop the Corks!

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Nevada Humane Society’s Annual Fundraiser, Heels and Hounds 2023, presents Bubbles & Buddies

It’s time to dig out your favorite hero outfit (no cape required). Something a bit more stylish and elegant, like chic cocktail attire, will do just fine – and look a lot better with that flute of Champagne in your hand.

What? Did we neglect to mention that this heroic quest involves unlimited Champagne, in addition to a delicious brunch, a fashion show, fabulous auctions, and some adorable four-legged friends? Bubbles & Buddies will include them all, and more!

The Heels and Hounds Gala, currently celebrating its seventh year, is the premier fundraising event for the Nevada Humane Society, Nevada’s only no-kill, open-admission animal shelter. The event typically raises over $100,000, helping to fund lifesaving costs and care for the more than 18,000 pets served annually by the shelter. That’s the heroic part.

Bubbles and Brunch

The 2023 Bubbles & Buddies Champagne Brunch will be hosted in the Tuscany Ballroom of Reno’s beautiful Peppermill Resort on Sat., April 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT. An enthusiastic gathering of 600 attendees will come together to enjoy the fine food and festivities.

In addition to unlimited Champagne, brunch will feature a Frittata Friuli Plated Breakfast with prosciutto, spinach, fontina cheese, and caramelized onions, served with baby tomato basil relish. A vegetarian frittata, sans prosciutto, also will be offered. To top off the meal, a surprise dessert will be served.

Effervescent Entertainment

One of the major components of the Heels and Hounds Fundraising Gala has always been the very popular fashion show featuring Reno-based models, according to Nikki Moylan, marketing assistant for the Nevada Humane Society.

“All of the models have a special connection with the Nevada Humane Society, whether they’ve adopted from us or worked with us in the past or they’re big volunteers and supporters,” Moylan says. “Basically, it’s a great opportunity to recognize those who have gone above and beyond expectations in service of our mission.”

A fashion show will showcase models with pets

The broader community gets involved in this fun show as well. The models are all dressed by Reno clothing stores, in addition to getting their hair and makeup done by local stylists. Then they walk the runway, or perhaps “catwalk” might be a more apt term in this case, with their own pet or one that is available for adoption. Their inspiring stories, and those of their respective four-legged companions, will be shared with the audience as they strut their stuff.

In addition to the adoptable pets on the runway, there also will be other shelter pets (including about 10 to 13 puppies!) on site for immediate adoption. The number and varieties are contingent upon the population in the shelter at the time. (Please note that attendees may NOT bring their own pets to the gala, but you can get your fill of love and licks, pets and cuddles, by interacting with the adoptable pets that will be on display!)

And, just for the fun of it, there will be a photo booth to capture some memorable moments of you and your two-legged buddies — and maybe that four-legged buddy you decide to adopt.

Not in the market for a new pet right now? There’ll be lots of other items you might consider taking home with you. The gala will feature both a live auction and a silent auction, full of many interesting and desirable items you can bid on.

Bubble Up the Bucks

With all this fun stuff going on, you might be wondering where your heroic role comes in. Well, it starts with buying a ticket to this awesome event because all proceeds from Bubbles & Buddies benefit the Nevada Humane Society.

Tickets are going fast, so if you want to help support a great organization in its quest to save and re-home lots of needy pets (and have an awesome time in the process), belly up to the Bubbles Bar, my friends! Here are your opportunities to help:

Buy Tickets:

To purchase event tickets or be a sponsor, visit Events.handbid.com/auctions/heels-and-hounds-2023.

Available Ticket options:

  • Sipping Sidekick Single Seat : $175
  • Fizzy Friend – Table of 10: $1,575
  • *Sparkling Supporter VIP Table of 10: $2,250

*Those seated at VIP tables get early admittance, meet adoptable animals first, get first view of silent auction items, and enjoy a Champagne toast with CEO Greg Hall.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Program Sponsor – Full Page: $400
  • Program Sponsor – Half Page : $200
  • Digital Sponsor: $100


Nevada Humane Society is still seeking items for the live and silent auctions. If you can donate gift cards or create a themed basket of items from your business, or if have questions, please contact Trent Bingham, development manager, at Tbingham@nevadahumanesociety.org.

And, of course, cash donations are always welcome! They can be made at Events.handbid.com/auctions/heels-and-hounds-2023/donations.

In closing, the Nevada Humane Society would like to recognize these very special heroes:

Presenting Sponsor
The Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation  

Businesses that will be dressing models:
Ja Da Loft Boutique
Labels Consignment
Concepts Reno

If you’re interested in attending this event, or becoming a sponsor or donor, it’s not too late! It’s just a click away: Events.handbid.com/auctions/heels-and-hounds-2023.

The Nevada Humane Society is keeping some Champagne on ice just for you!

Reno writer Barbara Twitchell employs reusable bags every time she shops. After researching this story and reading Harris’ book, she has discovered many more plastic-free practices she is excited to adopt!


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