Brevard Humane Society ‘Humane Heroes’ Honored at Tuxes & Tails Gala

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event brought in more than $50,000

In front of a crowd of nearly 300 guests, several Humane Heroes and Humanitarian award winners were honored at the 6th Annual Tuxes & Tails Gala held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa on August 26. Above, Tom and Susie Wasdin, left, with BHS Board President Jim Frazier, second from right, and Executive Director Theresa Clifton.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – In front of a crowd of nearly 300 guests, several Humane Heroes and Humanitarian award winners were honored at the 6th Annual Tuxes & Tails Gala held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa on August 26.

George and Becky Hinton, who run the Brevard County Pug & Boston Terrier Rescue, and Mona Motz, who runs the Purrs and Whiskers Shelter, have all worked tirelessly for years in partnership with Brevard Humane Society in rescuing and finding homes for animals.

They were awarded the Humane Hero Animal Friend award at the gala Saturday night.

Another recipient of the award was Ritch Workman, former Florida representative, for securing funding for new rooms that replaced cages for homeless dogs at the shelter.

In addition, the volunteer service of Bill and Debbie Brown merited the Humane Hero Animal Friend award, due to their dependability and dedication to fundraising for the Brevard Humane Society.

Other awards were handed out honoring the memory of Richard H. Stottler, Jr., a long-time supporter of Brevard Humane Society and a community leader.

Diane Marquez was given the Richard H. Stottler, Jr. Future Leader Humanitarian award for her volunteerism as a youth in the community.

In addition, Tom and Susie Wasdin were honored with the Richard H. Stottler, Jr. Humanitarian award for their years of community fundraising for Brevard Humane Society.

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As in years past, they hosted this year’s gala, with Susie donning the persona of “Sloane” Rivers on the Red Carpet.

Special recognition also went to Karen Lee, currently on the board of directors for Brevard Humane Society, for 20 years of service.

The gala was emceed by Mindy Levy from Lite Rock 99.3 and News 13’s Greg Pallone, with highlights including auctions, entertainment from the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse performers, and a “Big Bling” raffle from Jon’s Fine Jewelry.

The event brought in more than $50,000 for the organization, and Subaru of Melbourne presented Executive Director Theresa Clifton with a check for almost $16,000.

For more information about the Brevard Humane Society log on to BrevardHumaneSociety.org

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