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2017 Second Annual Lucky Dog Gala

A Wonderful Evening Full of Fun, Generosity and Special Dogs!

Hosted by Tom and Jennifer Werbe

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue’s second annual Lucky Dog Gala was held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at a private club in Pebble Beach. One hundred and eighty dedicated supporters and two adorable canine ambassadors, Max and Coco Chanel, attended the event. Max, a 10-year-old Miniature Pinscher, found his forever home with one of our guests!

The evening began with a champagne reception where guests bid on marvelous silent auction items, enjoyed passed appetizers, and sipped wines provided by Mercy Vineyards, Bernardus Vineyard, and Twisted Roots Vineyard.

During dinner, Executive Director and Co-founder Carie Broecker spoke about our mission and accomplishments: close to 1,300 dogs rescued since 2009, and 450 Helping Paw clients served! The highlight of the evening was our moving Lean On Me video, produced by Board President and Co-founder Monica Rua. The video showcases some of the many dog and human lives touched by Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

After the video, auctioneer Lisa Taylor encouraged guests to raise their bid paddles to “Fund a Dog’s Life.” Next, Lisa called the Live Auction for eight exciting auction packages. The event ended with the drawing of the winner of our Hawaii Vacation Raffle. Laura Overett was our Lucky Winner!

The event far exceeded our goal, raising $233,000 to support our lifesaving work!

We hope to see you next year. Mark your calendars now for next year’s event on Thursday, March 15, 2018!

What people are saying about the Second Annual Lucky Dog Gala!
Last night was amazing. Congratulations to POMDR. Everything was perfect. We had a great time and the food was delicious. You have such a wonderful cause and such generous supporters. Thanks for all you do. I’m so glad to be a part of it!
~Sarah Adams, Owner of The Raw Connection
Amazing event last night! I don’t know what it was like "back stage" but things seemed to go perfectly, and all the volunteers were excellent. I’m so proud I could just bust. I am thrilled to be part of the POMDR multi-talented family, this amazing community, and most importantly, to be able to help and love the doggies.
~Cindy Reskovic, POMDR Volunteer and Supporter
Congratulations! You all did an amazing job last night! I attend and manage many of these type of functions and it looks to me like you knocked this one out of the park! Good for you and your team! Two paws up! I am so proud and thankful to be a part of your organization! You have cultivated an impressive group of supporters - I was inspired by their generosity. I just can’t say enough about how excited I am for you!
~Lee Larrew, Director of Operations, Carmel Chamber of Commerce and POMDR Volunteer and Supporter
Just a quick note to thank you, and all the others at POMDR who worked so hard to make last night a great success. The venue, food, service and open bar were first rate, as were the auction prizes. Thank you for the special, extra effort you all make to support dogs and people in our community.
~Christina Lund, POMDR Volunteer, Adopter, and Supporter
Lisa Taylor, CEO and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist at provides fundraising consultations and professional auctioneer services to non-profits, charities and schools in the Monterey Bay area. Lisa is one of only 200 individuals who hold the ‘BAS’ designation in the nation, and the only one residing in Monterey County. We are lucky to have her support.