Inside The 2019 ASCA Bergh Ball

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) honored David Patrick Columbia at the 22nd annual ASPCA Bergh Ball last night at The Plaza in New York City. The event raised $1.1 million to support the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals. Renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi returned as the Master of Ceremonies, while DJ Sam French entertained the crowd throughout the evening.

The event attracts over 350 animal lovers, including community leaders, generous donors and celebrities, and raises critical funds to support the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals nationwide. Other VIP guests in attendance included Jessica Hart, Candace Bushnell, Allie Rizzo, Liz Eswein and Wes Gordon.

Nancy Silverman, ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker, and Patrick Campion courtesy of Getty

Nancy Silverman, ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker, and Patrick Campion courtesy of Getty

The evening included a live auction hosted by esteemed auctioneer Jamie Niven, which featured several high-end items and luxury experiences including Billy Joel VIP concert tickets with a meet-and-greet and artwork by David Wiseman and Peter Beard.

The black-tie gala, themed “Reach Fur the Stars,” honored longtime supporter David Patrick Columbia. ASPCA Board Member Arriana Boardman presented David Patrick Columbia with the ASPCA® Voice for Animals Award, which recognizes individuals in the arts who use traditional and modern media to increase awareness and inspire action on behalf of animals in crisis in the U.S. 

“Named after the visionary hero who founded the ASPCA in 1866, the ASPCA Bergh Ball is a unique opportunity for those who care about vulnerable and victimized animals to support our deep commitment to their welfare,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. “That compassionate support is crucial to ensuring the life-saving impact our work.”

For over 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides to protect the lives of vulnerable animals across the country. By supporting and securing animal adoptions, animal health services, animal rescue, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless at-risk animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.

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