Blog: Beth Sterns Cocktails For The Paws
Beth Stern (formerly Ostrosky) is known for a great many things. A beautiful supermodel. A television personality. Wife of legendary New York City radio icon Howard Stern. But each of these pale in comparison to her work as an activist for animal welfare. Tuesday night, the posh space at The Midtown Loft and Terrace was decked out for a classy affair to benefit the Long Island Bulldog Rescue entitled â€œCocktails For The Paws.â€ The three hour evening featured silent auction items, an open bar, passed around hors dâ€™oeuvres , and even the opportunity to meet some real life bulldogs with their gleeful owners, all to raise awareness and a good deal of funds for the folks at the LIBR..
Presented by the Petco Foundation, â€œCocktails For The Pawsâ€ kicked off in grand style at 7pm from the ritzy 11th floor room. With all proceeds from ticket sales, donations, and silent auction items going directly to help heal and house abandoned or abused English bulldogs, keeping any dollars in our pocket proved fruitless once seeing these delicate creatures in person. The three dogs in attendance, all dolled up in their evening wear mind you, seemed to realize that the evening was about them- jumping from plush couch to plush couch, posing for pictures, and even riding a skateboard (Beefy, the Skateboarding Bulldog) around the spaceâ€™s wooden floors.
Guests meanwhile perused the silent auction, taking time to read up on the work being done by the LIBR in terms of rescuing and rehabilitating the abused animals and having them relocated safely to loving domains, with people to care for them. The room itself was all bulldog- from the LIBR logo-infused napkins to the bulldog inspired artwork that was up for bidding- making the theme of the night an obvious one from the start. Shortly before 8pm, the eveningâ€™s hostess made her way across the room in grand fashion, and although â€œCocktails For The Pawsâ€ certainly was about fundraising for the Long Island Bulldog Rescue, everyoneâ€™s eyes in the room were drawn to Beth Stern. The thin, tall beauty graced the room in a long white dress, her killer smile making everyone in the room grateful to have ponied up the funds to be a part of the benefit.
The former Beth O immediately strode into a side area, posing for pictures with some of the principles behind the LIBR and with the dogs themselves, making photo opportunities a must amidst a sea of flashing bulbs. The gracious host casually chatted up anyone willing to approach her, doing her part to be accommodating to attendees who came out in support of the imperative cause. While there is certainly no shortage of attention worthy causes that deserve our awareness, itâ€™s easy to lose sight of these helpless animals, abused and abandoned, that cannot fend for themselves. The Long Island Bulldog Rescue focuses on education for owners, breeders, and prospective adopters to ensure that these animals are given the life-long care required for them to live a healthy life. And although the wildly successful â€œCocktails For The Pawsâ€ event is now behind us, the battle ahead still remains, and thereâ€™s no reason for you not to get involved. To make a donation or to learn more about what you can do to help out the LIBR, check out the longislandbulldogrescue.org. Just seeing one of these adorable English bulldogs in person will reinforce the fact that you made the right decision.
- Jane Van Arsdale