15th annual Black Tie & Tails gala benefits homeless animals

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Photo by Tiffany Shanks. Friends board member Fred Johns snuggles with adoptable Ellie at Black Tie 2014.

DEARBORN — The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s 15th annual Black Tie & Tails charity fundraiser returns Oct. 23.

Tickets are $175 per person and are available online or by calling the shelter at 313-943-2697.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd. The gala has become known for its unique themes and this year is no exception. In 2015, guests will be transported back to the 1970s, to celebrate the “Dog Days of Disco.”

“We have sheltered and nurtured more than 45,000 animals in our first 21 years,” FFDAS Development Director Kelle Sisung said. “That deserves a party with a purpose — plus a chance to ‘shake your booty.’ Most important, because of community friends, our rescues are, literally, ‘stayin’ alive.’”

Guests are invited to “polish up their platforms,” dress in their favorite disco, and get ready to boogie thanks to the live disc jockey duo Come Dance with Us spinning lots of groovy tunes.

The gathering begins with flowing champagne and hors d’oeuvres with time to peruse silent auction items and meet some of the organization’s adoptable animals.

The evening continues to unfold with a seated dinner, open bar and dessert service. New this year, mobile bidding keeps attendees posted via text messages on their Smartphones about items that they are interested in acquiring. Many of these auction items can be previewed on the shelter’s website, www.DearbornAniamls.org/BlackTie.

Since its inception, Black Tie has attracted local celebrities, athletes, auto industry and business leaders, politicians and concerned citizens, gathering to help fund the Friends’ ongoing efforts to care for and find permanent homes for unwanted animals.

More than $1 million has been raised since the start of Black Tie in 2001; this year’s target is to top $150,000.

WJBK Channel 2 Sports Director Dan Miller returns as master of ceremonies and hosts the live auction portion of the night.

Metropolitan Detroit businesses, artists, and private individuals donate auction items such as tickets to sporting events, tours, dinner excursions, weekend getaways and luxury merchandise.