ARF to Honor Nan Bush and Bruce Weber at Bow Wow Meow Ball

The Champion of Animals Award to be presented to Nan Bush and Bruce Weber for their love of animals and their support of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons

On Saturday, August 19th the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons (ARF) will host the Bow Wow Meow Ball, to honor Nan Bush and Bruce Weber, long-time ARF supporters who have incorporated their love for animals—including ARFans—into their celebrated projects in film and photography over the course of their 45-year collaboration. Bruce’s 2016 essay for Vogue Italia, titled “A Dog Is Not Just for Christmas,” gave voice to the special bond we share with the animals in our families and to the underlying compassion and empathy behind the inclusion of dogs in his films and photos. From Billie Holiday—a pit bull rescue who “liked only babies, Nan, myself, and our 6 goldens”—to ARF’s own rescued animals, Bruce’s inclusion of dogs in his work belies his belief that compassion for animals defines our character. Bruce and Nan share the same heartfelt values that guide ARF’s mission, and ARF is privileged to count them among our family of adopters and loyal friends. Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Peter Marino will present the ARF Champion of Animals Award to Nan Bush and Bruce Weber.

The evening’s celebration of ARF’s life-saving work will take place on ARF’s 22-acre campus in Wainscott. Guests will enjoy cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Cloud Catering & Events featuring sustainable fish and vegan specialties within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party will continue with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Over 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons are expected to attend the magical night. All proceeds will benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs.

The animals in ARF’s care come from animal control centers, puppy mill rescue efforts, and from people who can no longer care for their pets. In 2017, ARF will intake over 1,700 dogs and cats at its state-of-the-art Adoption Center. ARF provides full medical care—including spaying and neutering—to all its animals in addition to humane care for their basic needs. Once medically evaluated and socialized the dogs and cats are made available for adoption at its Adoption Center and through its mobile adoption van and offsite events held across the greater New York region. Since its inception, ARF has rescued more than 25,000 cats and dogs and placed them with loving families.

Joining in the festivities this year will be a proud group of ARF cats and dogs available for adoption. The Bow Wow Meow Ball event is an important evening as it raises funds that are vital to the organization and its mission.

The evening will also include a live auction with Auctioneer Benjamin Doller, a Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, a silent auction and an online auction with Experiences and packages include a pair of premier seats with a meet and greet, and dinner backstage with Paul McCartney for his Friday, September 15, concert at Madison Square Garden; lunch for four with fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi; golf at the exclusive Maidstone Golf Club; and New York Knicks Game Experience which includes two tickets, gift bags, and meet and greet with Knicks Legends and a viewing of the “closed to the public” pre-game warm up on the court. Bidders will have the chance to make offers online from August 15 – August 29 by visiting

Event Details:

What: ARF’s Bow Wow Meow Ball

When: 6:30 PM Cocktails
8:00 PM Dinner and Dancing

Location: ARF Adoption Center
124 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott

Tickets: Start at $500  Purchase Tickets Now!

Or contact Jean Schiavoni
631-537-0400 ext. 219

Contact: For more information, please contact Jamie Berger, ARF Director of Communications, (631) 537-0400 x215,

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