Trump joins Wine, Women & Shoes event to help Big Dog Ranch Rescue raise millions for dogs in need

Gorgeous women in beautiful attire, delicious cocktails and in-person visits from President Donald Trump all helped the Big Dog Ranch Rescue raise nearly $3 million to save man’s best friend.

The Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s “Wine, Women & Shoes” event was a massive success before it even kicked off on March 4. Selling out completely months in advance, the two-day event saw 1,200 supporters and fashionistas turn out for a spectacular cause – saving dogs.

A description of the event oozed luxury: “Each day’s celebration started with poolside cocktails and shopping and was followed by a seated lunch, live entertainment, the runway presentation and the famous celebrity doggie fashion show. Proceeds benefit the largest no-kill dog rescue in the U.S., Big Dog Ranch Rescue, which has saved over 55,000 dogs to date, and which has just opened a new 100-acre regional rescue hub near Montgomery, Alabama.”

Left to right: Denise Rizzuto, Sher Kasun, President Donald Trump, Lauree Simmons, JoAnna Myers, Erin Elmore, Lara Trump

In attendance were event co-chairs Sher Kasun and Denise Rizzuto, honorary co-chairs JoAnna Myers and Lara Trump, and television personality Erin Elmore who had the honor of acting as event MC for the third year in a row, wowing the crowd with her avant-garde fashion statements.

“Caring for our four-legged friend is a noble pursuit, and I feel incredibly honored to have been given the opportunity to host Big Dog Ranch REscue’s 10th annual wine, women, and shoes event,” Elmore gushed. “As an animal lover, it brings me great joy to know that I can help raise awareness and funds for such a worthwhile cause. Knowing that my contribution, however small, can help save the lives of these dogs fills me with gratitude and a sense of purpose. It is my hope that we can continue to work together to give these furry companions the love and care they deserve.

Left: Fmr. President Donald J Trump Right: Erin Elmore

High spirits and high fashion were the name of the game as the women stunned on the catwalk. Lara Trump strutting her stuff in a flowing blue Anne Fontaine dress even made headlines following on the heels of her CPAC speech.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue CEO Lauree Simmons expressed her gratitude in a statement that explained some of the efforts the money will help fund.

“Each year the event has grown to the level that even expanding to 2 days we are sold out months in advance. I am so grateful to our donors and corporate sponsors for helping us raise a record amount near $3,000,000.00 to save dogs lives,” she said. “We continue to help communities hit by natural disasters, to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering, to initiate programs that help rural shelters greatly reduce their euthanasia rates, and to provide Veterans with support during and after deployment. All while saving, healing, housing and adopting out thousands of dogs each year as a global voice speaking out to protect our furry companions.”

Left: Erin Elmore Right: Lara Trump

Between silent auctions, a best-in-shoe competition, and an adorable doggie fashion show, attendants received their money’s worth. But one of the biggest highlights of the event was appearances on both days by former President Trump who was enthusiastically greeted by the guests, shaking hands and taking pictures as he spoke to the massive crowd. 

The event was such a rousing success that donors are already asking for tickets to next year’s event, as well as any additional events Big Dog Ranch Rescue is holding. 


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