Hotelier Ira Drukier’s wife, Gale, said she supports the mission of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in memory of her cat, Fudgie.
“I had this animal for 20 years,” said Gale Drukier, who is on ARF’s board. “I think the mission is spectacular. I support the mission in her honor.”
The Drukiers will join Duquesne Capital Management’s chairman, Stanley Druckenmiller, Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and NBC anchor Chuck Scarborough at the 12th Annual Beach Ball Saturday night to raise money for the Animal Rescue Fund.
Adoptable four-legged guests will work the crowd during the festivities at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club: cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a beach bonfire.
The Drukiers are co-chairmen of the fundraiser, which took in $245,000 last year, according to ARF’S marketing and communications director, Jamie Berger. The couple got involved after they were asked to include their property in Southampton as part of the Animal Rescue Fund’s annual garden tour.
The animals “appreciate that they’ve been given a chance and they know their lives have been rescued,” Gale Drukier said in a phone interview. “They know they will have a forever home. When you give this kind of kindness, it’s warmth that extends to the animal and the family that adopts this animal.”
Less-fortunate creatures will be on the menu. After cocktails and a raw bar by the Seafood Shop starting at 6:30, the dinner prepared by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs will include fried free-range chicken, chili charred beef and swordfish kebabs with fusilli in a parsley pesto. Postprandial dancing will be abetted by DJ Ness.
“Hopefully it will be a beautiful summer night and we’ll be able to raise a lot of money. We have great broad support in the community,” said ARF Executive Director Sara Davison. The group hopes to surpass last year’s total.
The silent auction will include baseballs signed by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees; tickets to a football game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys with VIP access; a Caribbean getaway to the Cap Juluca luxury resort in Anguilla; and a round of golf for four at the Bridgehampton club.
Every year, the Animal Rescue Fund’s adoption center finds homes for between 700 and 800 abandoned, homeless or abused animals, said Davison, who noted an increase in the number of homeless pets in the past two years due to the economic crisis.
Many ARF dogs come from its Puppy Mill Rescue Program, formed in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Society, which runs one of the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuaries in Utah. The program rescues castoff breeder dogs from puppy mills in the Midwest, where they would otherwise be killed.
“A lot of the puppy-mill rescue dogs we get are in very poor shape,” said Davison. “They receive no veterinary care. While they’re in the puppy mill they spend their lives in a squalid cage, so there’s a lot of rehabilitating.”
When Izzy, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu, arrived at ARF from a Midwest puppy mill, she needed immediate medical attention for an infected leg caused by poor living conditions and lack of care. A Brussels Griffon named Fallon was rescued after her ears were mauled by a breeder trying to crop them.
Unless they find homes before Saturday, Izzy and Fallon will be two of the adoptable dogs schmoozing during cocktail hour.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Beach Ball fundraiser is Saturday, July 31, at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club at 231 Mid Ocean Drive. Tickets are $200 for guests under 35, $500 and up for others. For tickets and information: +1-631-537-0400 x201. Go to http://www.arfhamptons.org for more dogs and cats.
(Alix Greenwald is an intern at Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)