Evening to Paws Gala

Arizona Animal Welfare League hosts fundraiser at Montelucia

Arizona Animal Welfare League, the state’s oldest no-kill shelter, hosted its annual Evening to Paws gala at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on March 17. About 400 guests donned their finest greenery for the St. Patrick’s Day event. The evening included Irish folk music by Stilicho; an appearance by Kelsey Kelleher, 2018 Arizona Colleen & Rose; performances by troupes of young Irish dancers and dinner fare inspired by the Emerald Isle.

Judith Gardner, AAWL executive director, welcomed rural rescue partners from throughout the state as the guests of honor. The shelter also shared a documentary of its work with rural shelters over the last year.

The event grossed more than $240,000 to help the thousands of homeless animals rescued every year by the shelter.


Evan and Jessica Daniels


Ashsuirre Forest; Whitney Steele and Kate Kaurich

Elyse Fune and Colby Arkfeld

Peggy Herz and Philip Smith

Paul and Sarah Gavigan with Kristen and Brad Shroyer

David and Erin Lewin, Scott Horton, Kelly Gribuski, and Melissa and Mark Esbenshade

Dr. Lisa Shriver, Julie Cassadore and Dr. Ahne Simonsen

Jeanne Baldwin, Arizona Animal Welfare League board member

Emcee Kristy Siefken

Dr. Matthew Goetz, MD Petcare

David Haworth, CEO PetSmart

Diana Webster

Judith Gardner, executive director Arizona Animal Welfare League

Pam and Kyle Eggert

Connor Grayson


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