Dog-therapy organization The Good Dog Foundation is holding its annual benefit to help raise money for its pups, while also highlighting its groundbreaking research on female inmates and dogs.
Occurring on May 18 at the lavish Guastavino’s in New York City, the dog-friendly event kicks off at 6:30 with cocktails and passed hor’douvres, including jumbo lump Maryland crab cakes, French onion soup grilled cheese and filet of beef.
During this time, The Good Dog Foundation will honor Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox and the criminal justice department at Pace University’s Dyson College for its partnership with the organization to get the Parenting, Prison, & Pups initiative off the ground. The two-year research program will pair inmate mothers with specially-trained therapy dogs to help the women improve their communication and develop skills to reduce anxiety and stress. The hope is that the evidence-based parenting curriculum will allow the inmates to “healthfully reunite with their children, become better parents, and stay out of prison.”
There will also be a live auction during the three-course meal, in which a stay in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida; a week in a London townhouse and a stay in a Palm Springs resort are just a few of the prizes that will be auctioned off.
For those wanting to bring their pup (limited number of tickets available), the gala will have something for them, too. A “doggy bar” will feature a number of treats, goodies and toys for the four-legged guests. There will also be a grooming station for them to get primped.