Best Friends Benefit to Save Them All



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Join us at Guastavino’s, an architectural masterpiece and New York City landmark, for an evening of live music, fine wine, gourmet food and four-legged friends, with Co-Chairs David O'Connor and Lona Williams, benefiting Best Friends Animal Society and honoring Patricia and Michael Levitt.


The benefit may be over, but there is still plenty of opportunity to Save Them All.



The Goal

This is an historic time for animals in New York City and throughout the nation.

America’s largest city is on the verge of no-kill. The shelters of New York City have surpassed the no-kill threshold for most of 2016 and are now on the cusp of saving more than 90 percent of the cats and dogs who enter them.

Best Friends is committed to helping New York sustain this tremendous progress through a new adoption center in the heart of Manhattan. This new location will also serve as a mission center for Best Friends’ lifesaving programs and events supporting New York City’s animal welfare community.

However, New York is not the only city determined to ensure that all healthy, adoptable cats and dogs have loving homes of their own. Communities of all sizes throughout the nation are embracing the no-kill movement and are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets.

Best Friends has planted a stake in the ground, and is spearheading an initiative to help America reach no-kill nationwide by the year 2025. But we can’t do it alone.

Join us to celebrate the lifesaving progress being made in New York City, and to help end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters by 2025.

Join us and help make history. Together, we will Save Them All.


Introducing the 2017 Host Committee

Bill Abbott

Dr. Ruby R. Benjamin

Mickey and Peter Bickford

A.J. Bocchino and Phoebe Washburn

John M. Bradham

Michael Cerveris

William J. Coaker, Jr.

Valerie Diker

Lisa Edelstein

Betsy and Berthold Frowein

Dr. Gayle Grenadier and Kenneth Richman

Lisa and Jeffrey Kessler

Rob and Eryn Marciano

David O’Connor and Lona Williams

Maggie Q

Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal

Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail

Amanda Seyfried

Cecily Strong

Sarah and Fred Turpin

Christopher Walken

Michelle Williams


The Event

Check out images from last year's inaugural Benefit to Save Them All.



About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country.

Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. That means there are still more than 9,000 dogs and cats killed in shelters each day. And our work won’t be done until that number is zero.

Best Friends believes in taking a positive and collaborative approach to saving lives. With our vast amount of knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network of partners, we will end the killing and Save Them All.