The Third Annual Summer Benefit for Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue

520 First Neck Lane
Southampton, New York 11968
(631) 903-9215

Voted Best Animal Rescue in The Hamptons for the past two years by Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best,” Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue will be hosting their Third Annual Summer Benefit on Saturday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at the home of Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Emmy Award-winning NBC anchor and correspondent. The event raises money for the rescue’s efforts to save dogs from kill shelters across the country, spay/neuter the dogs, pay for all necessary medical care and find them loving forever homes. Chuck Scarborough, animal lover and adopter of two Gimme Shelter dogs, will act as master of ceremonies and will be joined by guest speaker and Emmy award winning comedy writer Bill Persky (Dick Van Dyke Show). During the event, attendees will be able to enjoy a musical performances by Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Loudon Wainwright and artist Tabitha Fair while they sip on cocktails from sponsor Tito’s Vodka (, Spiked Seltzer (, wine from NYC hot spot No Malice Palace ( as well as enjoy delicious passed hors d’oeuvres donated by Ricky Eisen of Manhattan-based caterer Between The Bread (

Smooch the Pooch, Live Auction and Ceremony Honoring Therapy Dogs
The evening will kick off with a ceremony honoring the Rescue’s amazing therapy dogs Leo and Lola. Additional entertainment for the evening includes a “Smooch the Pooch” kissing booth with Leo the therapy dog, music by DJ Ray Jarrell (, a Starbucks station serving iced green tea and coffee, Joe & Liza’s serving mini ice cream cones, a Bark Box ( station where you fill your own box with various toys, bones and treats to take home for your dog, a live auction lead by Chuck Scarborough, and a silent auction. The live auction boasts top prizes such as: catered champagne lunch for 4 on a private boat which will cruise around Shelter Island for the day and dock at the Shelter Island Yacht Club for cocktails; a guided tour of NBC studios by legendary anchor and master of ceremonies himself, Chuck Scarborough; an amazing opportunity to ride in an authentic World War II “AT-6” plane for a half hour long tour of Long Island; and a private jet flight from Westchester County to East Hampton for up to 6 people donated by ExcelAire. Silent Auction items include treasures such as: a vintage Ralph Lauren suede throw; limited edition box of 12 stunning horse photographs signed by renowned artist Shelli Breidenbach; tickets to The Tonight Show; tickets to “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen; four New York Giants tickets; 10 pack of Core Fusion classes at Exhale Fitness Studio; a gift certificate to Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, American Hotel in Sag Harbor and many others.

Ticket Information
Tickets to the benefit are $125 per person in advance and $175 per person at the door. Tickets are currently available online at,, or call (631) 903-9215 for more information.

Participating Sponsors
Sponsors of the Summer Benefit include: Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, David and Deborah Sonnenberg, Catherine and Frederick Adler, Linda and Ben Lambert, Alexander Jakowec and Michael Bruno, Joanna Patton and Bill Persky, Penelope Moore, , Michael Richman and Ruth Toporoff, Regina and James Oertle, Abbie and Darren Richman, Marko and Susan Sonnenberg, Marcy and Michael Warren, Richard and Ching-Lynn Blewitt, Rik and Amy Kopelan, Barbara A Mattera and Robert Reinert, Amy Sullivan, Rescue Paw Foundation, Beach Magazine, Tito’s Vodka, Starbucks, Events & Celebrations NYC, X-Act Contracting Corp, ExcelAire, Apple Bank, Foley & Cox, Wilson & Associates, Stamford Tent, David Reinhard, Jarrell Entertainment , No Malice Palace, Spiked Seltzer, Collette, Shinnecock Animal Hospital, One Stop Pet Shop, Harkiss Designs, Karen Lenahan Designs, Sugar Flower Cake Shop, Joe & Liza’s ice Cream and SmartHampton.

For more information about Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, please visit or call (631) 903-9215. For press inquiries contact Kristin Brady of WordHampton Public Relations at (631) 329-0050 or email

About Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue
The mission of Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue is to rescue animals that are destined for euthanasia in high kill facilities across the country. Their goal is to ensure the overall health of every single dog they rescue and guarantee they go on to live amazing lives with families who love and cherish them. Each of their rescues receives full medical treatment and is also spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. Then, through a very successful foster based adoption program, they work to place each animal in a loving forever home. For more information, please visit