On Saturday Feb 7th ,2009 Hello Bully hosted their first annual Lovers Not Fighters Gala at the Town Tavern in Southside, Pittsburgh PA.
About 200 advocates of responsible Pit Bull ownership dressed up, and then came out for a great time. The event consisted of a fashion show, local tattoo artists from Jesters Court displaying their amazing work on “ink” models, adoptable Pit Bulls from local rescues and shelters, auction items, raffle prizes, food and drinks. The fashion show featured designs from: Decade Boutique, Zombie Apparel, Mod Cloth and Healing Heart. Miss Pennsylvania, was a special guest, and could not stop cuddling with the available pups.
The adoptable Pit Bulls strutted their stuff on the catwalk, showing everyone what breed ambassadors they are. Many generous items were donated for the auction and raffles. One Pit Bull owner even donated a week at her time share.
Bidding wars ensued over hot auction items. There were many amazing prizes including a behind the scenes tour for up to 20 people at the Pittsburgh Zoo, gift certificates for collars by both Collarmania and Paco Collars, signed art work, a signed copy of Demo the Junkyard Dog and much, much more.
Over $10,000 was raised. The proceeds of the event, will be used towards education and the Pit Fix Plus program(www.pitfixplus.com). Pit Fix Plus is a free spay/neuter and vaccination program for area Pit Bulls.
Local shelters and clinics are working with Hello Bully to try to help reduce the already overwhelming number of Pit Bulls without a forever home, and to help keep owned Pit Bulls healthy. The program is used to give Pit Bulls the health care that their caretakers may not provide or be able to afford.