The Fast and the Furriest
Lovers of animals and autos got together on June 12 to kick off the San Marino Car Classic
By Irene Lacher 07/01/2011
Lovers of animals and autos got together on June 12 to kick off the San Marino Car Classic with a dinner dance at a private Pasadena club to benefit the spay and neuter programs of the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. Dubbed “The Fast and the Furriest,” the black-tie evening organized by benefit chair Mia Dunn was emceed by stand-up comedian and dog dad Peter Berman. Revelers included Steve McNall, PHS/SPCA president and CEO and past and present board members Barbara Bunting and Priscilla Hoecker... Animal lovers also partied on June 18 at the L.A. Zoo, where a large herd ponied up $1,000 a head to attend the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s 41st annual Beastly Ball. Rocker and GLAZA board member Slash received the inaugural Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award for advocating for zoos here and around the world. As guests checked out Tina, Billy and Jewel, residents of the zoo’s new Elephants of Asia exhibit, and their chimp and komodo dragon neighbors, they sampled tastes from Pasadena restaurants which again turned out in force, including Bar Celona, Ixtapa Cantina, Maison Akira, Jersey Mike’s Pasadena and La Cañada, Green Street Restaurant, Parkway Grill and Villa Sorriso... Former L.A. public television station KCET, which is moving to Burbank next year, celebrated its recent independence with “Uncorked” --- foodie fundraisers on June 12 and 13 hosted by star Chef Thomas Keller at his Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills. Arroyoland supporters on hand included Susan Erburu Reardon, KCET’s chief development officer; Mary Mazur, the station’s COO; Alicia Schoenfeld; and Ruth Ross.