Black Tie & Tails 2022

25 Years of Celebrating

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 | 6:30-10 p.m.

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That’s a wrap! We were thrilled to welcome you to our beautiful 75-acre campus on Saturday evening for the 25th celebration of Black Tie & Tails. Click here to view photos from the event!

Thank you to everyone who made this incredible night a huge success. You helped us raise over $774,000 for our lifesaving mission and through your generosity we met our “Rescue Me” Challenge. If you missed it, please know we welcome additional gifts in support of our critical Humane Investigations program by clicking here.

Again, thank you for helping Animal Friends continue to do what we do best . . . save lives!

Congratulations to our 2022 Black Tie & Tails Raffle Winners and Sellers:

Winner: Dean McFarlin
Seller: Bob Fragasso

Winner: Issie Foster
Seller: Patti Hasselbusch

Winner: Mike Paskas
Seller: Laurie Martino

If you won an auction item, please contact us to arrange for pick-up this week or your earliest convenience. For auction pick-up or any other event-related questions, contact Melissa at or 412.847.7095.

Voted Best Gala in the ‘Burgh for three consecutive years, Black Tie & Tails is Pittsburgh’s most unique, playful and lifesaving event!

Whether you choose to come party casual or dressed to the nines, prepare to be dazzled as Animal Friends’ beautiful 75-acre campus is transformed into a stunning display highlighted by the animals whose lives have been saved thanks to your generosity. Experience an unforgettable evening that includes an array of decadent food, creative drinks and cocktails, lively entertainment, thrilling auctions and so much more.

Of course, there will be plenty of time to mingle with the real party animals – the dog, cat and rabbit residents at Animal Friends!

Ticket Packages

Please note: a credit card is required to purchase your ticket!

Patron Ticket | $500 SOLD OUT!

  • A special patron party from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Your own personal ad in our event program
  • Preferred valet parking
  • Admission to Black Tie & Tails from 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Tantalizing array of hors d’oeuvres, interactive cuisine experiences, and delightful sweets
  • Lively libations and creative cocktails
  • Mingle with our resident animals!

Gala Ticket | $200 SOLD OUT!

  • Admission to Black Tie & Tails from 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Valet parking
  • Tantalizing array of hors d’oeuvres, interactive cuisine experiences, and delightful sweets
  • Lively libations and creative cocktails
  • Mingle with our resident animals!


Our Menu

You are invited to explore our campus for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience as you discover a wide assortment of creative and interactive food and drink stations throughout the evening. Indulge in a delectable vegetarian feast that is sure to please every palate while maintaining our compassionate commitment to preserving the lives of our animal friends.

A Green Event

We are proud to once again partner with the Pennsylvania Resources Council through its Zero Waste program to minimize the impact on our environment from single use items and waste from Black Tie & Tails.

“Rescue Me” Challenge

Our Humane Society Police Officers are lifesavers.

In just the first six months of 2022, our team of experienced officers have responded to a staggering 245 cases of animal abuse and neglect, and affected the lives of 924 animals – a 120% increase over 2021.

People are struggling in our communities and the effect is being seen in the care – and sometimes fate – of far too many pets.

While resources and support are always our first response, reports of animal hoarding, lack of vet care and neglect have skyrocketed. Our officers are in demand now more than ever.

And, right now, your support has never been more critical … and meaningful.

Today through September 30, your gift to Animal Friends will have an even greater impact during our “Rescue Me” Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of local business leader and animal advocate Bob Fragasso, each donation will be matched – 50 cents on the dollar up to $100,000 – to provide intervention, safe haven and a voice for animals who are desperately in need of rescue and a second chance.

Please, give generously.


Going Once … Going Twice …

Treat yourself to the fabulous packages in our Black Tie & Tails Auction. The party starts early this year with online bidding opening on Saturday, Sept. 10. Stay tuned, we’ll be adding packages regularly as we get ready for the best gala in the ‘Burgh!

Don’t worry, if you can’t join us in person for this year’s Black Tie & Tails, you can still join the fun with online bidding from wherever you are!

Start Bidding

Feeling Lucky?

Take a chance – or two or three – on tail-wagging cash prizes in our annual Black Tie & Tails Raffle! Tickets are just $10 and winners will be pulled at Black Tie & Tails on Saturday, Sept. 24.

First prize: $3,000
Second prize: $2,000
Third prize: $1,000

Winners need not be present.

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Black Tie & Tails Host Committee

Host Committee Co-Chairs: Gina Carlos*, Beth Henry* and Sarah McKean*
Animal Friends’ President & Chief Executive Officer: Kathleen Beaver

Steven and Andrea Alschuler
Mary Ellen and Richard Anzaldi
Marleen Ashton*
Scott and Leslie Baker
Kathleen and Kent Beaver
Mary Ann* and Chuck Bogosta
Erin and Matt Butkovic
Gina* and John Carlos
Verna Corey
Marlene Cornelius
Andrea Curtis* and Doug Kredel
Jessica DiVito
Jeff* and Wendy Dutkovic
Robert Fragasso*
Megan Frenz
Paul Gitnik
Patricia Hasselbusch
Beth* and Dave Henry
Sandra Mae Hoeker
Elizabeth* and John Klamut
Sheri Levine-Everett*
Howard* and Rosemary Loevner
Margery Loevner
Bonnie* and Chuck Loya
Donald and Mary Lucidi
Kevin McCluskey
Sarah McKean* and PJ Maloney
Gail and Jim Mezynski
Matthew Monsour* and Rachel Phillips
Dena Mosti*
Jacques Moye
Jeffrey* and Jenn Mulrooney
Lee and Lisa Oleinick
Maryanne and Robert Purdy
Michelle* and Steven Race
Dan* and Sherry Ringer
Cindy* and Andy Russell
Linda Shooer and Ted Osial
Doug* and Sarah Shriber
John and Mary Lee Stenson
Charlotte* and David Stephenson
Gene L. Svrcek
Kelly Swart* and Peggy Shields
Marcy Tenaglia and Brian Gates
Alyssa* and Matt Tokorcheck
Jessie VanSwearingen
John* and Shane Weinstein
Cris Winter* and Ron Ramsey

*Denotes Animal Friends Board of Directors




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