Pepe Fanjul and Topsy Taylor


Michele and Edwin Sayres

Stephen Lash and
Richard Fisher

Cynthia Phipps

Jamee Gregory Emilia Fanjul

Nancy and Henry Kissinger

Top Dog Gala Brings
Out Animal Lovers

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Jimi Celeste/Pmc

IVE hundred of New York’s most glamorous pet lovers gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom for the Animal Medical Center’s Top Dog Gala. It was a grand and glorious black-tie affair that raised over $800,000 to help AMC provide the highest quality veterinary care.

The Black & White themed dinner dance, with décor by Bill Tansey, included wistful lamps placed atop tables set with red roses and expressly made animal-shaped cookies on each platter. The night began with a cocktail reception followed by a delicious dinner that included decadent make-your-own sundaes for dessert.  Later, couples danced to music spun by legendary DJ Tom Finn. 

The event co-chairs were Stephen and Wendy Lash and the junior co-chairs Shoshanna Gruss and Alexia Hamm Ryan. Committee members included Emilia Krimendahl, Wendy Carduner, Jackie Weld Drake, Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman, Alexis Waller and Susan Warner.

Richard Fisher, a CEO of City Investment Fund and a partner at Fisher Brothers, and mother Emily Fisher Landau were the honorees. Richard told about his dog Max, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who ate the "bunny" out of an oil painting, resulting in lead poisoning. He brought Max to AMC where he was successfully treated. It was a long and funny story.

The highlight of the program was a special guest appearance by NYPD Bomb Squad explosive detection canine Winston, an eight-year-old black lab.

Dr. Henry and Nancy Kissinger, who have a Lab of their own, walked Winston on stage. The energetic dog demonstrated his bomb sniffing skills when he quickly located a small explosive hidden on stage, planted by his proud owner and handler, Detective Raymond Clair.

Other guests included Nan Kempner, New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson with his wife Barbara, Cynthia Phipps, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Sharon Bush, Eliza and Alex Bolen, Iris Love, Bill and Donna Acquavella, president of the ASPCA Edwin Sayres and his wife Michele, Jean Doumanian, Andrea Stark, Daisy Soros, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul.

Also Jamee and Peter Gregory, Topsy Taylor, Grace and Chris Meigher, Eugenie Niven, Marjorie Gubelmann and Reza Raein, Bill and Kathy Rayner, Debbie Bancroft and Pauline Pitt.

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