North Shore Animal League America’s “Get Your Rescue On Gala” rocks New York City

A performance by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts capped off the night at North Shore Animal League America's annual celebrity gala. (Photo courtesy of Rob Rich/

North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, celebrated another year of animal rescue work at its annual “Get Your Rescue On Gala” on Friday, Nov. 30 at Pier 60 At Chelsea Piers.

This year’s evening drew attendees from all sectors of New York’s animal-loving community and beyond. Impractical Jokers star Joe Gatto served as host for the evening’s festivities where iHeart radio legend Elvis Duran received the “Crystal Collar Award” and corporate honoree Tito’s Handmade Vodka was recognized. The gala’s grand finale was a phenomenal live performance by rock ‘n’ roll icon Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.

The next generation of heroes was represented by McKinney “Mac” Meek, the Ashland, Kentucky high school junior and “Mutt-i-Grees” Curriculum National Student Ambassador who received North Shore Animal League America’s first-ever “Mutt-i-Grees Humane Leadership Award.”

Among the “boldface names” to grace the red carpet, in addition to Beth and Howard Stern, were radio legend and Crystal Collar honoree Elvis Duran; Impractical Jokers’ star and event host Joe Gatto; rock ‘n’ roll legend Joan Jett And The Blackhearts; The Howard Stern Show’s Robin Quivers and Gary Dell’Abate; Impractical Jokers’ Brian “Q” Quinn; stage, film and TV actress, Kathryn Erbe; President & CEO of The Hallmark Channel, Bill Abbott; TV producer, entertainer and comedian, Brian Balthazar; WPIX-11 Anchor, Tamsen Fadal; iHeart Radio personality Maria Milito; comedian Lisa Lampanelli; iHeart Radio personality Mo Bounce; Good Morning America producers Tony Morrison and Danielle Librizzo; Good Morning America correspondent Will Ganss; NY Yankees play-by-play broadcaster Michael Kay and broadcast journalist Jodi Applegate; New York Live host Lauren Scala; journalist and author Carole Radziwill; fashion designer Mark Bouwer; actor Branden Wellington; Jersey Shore Vacation’s Vinny Guadagnino; WPIX-11 anchor Dan Mannarino; among others.

The yearly gala supports North Shore Animal League America’s no-kill mission with all proceeds from the event dedicated to the ongoing capital campaign for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center located on the Port Washington campus. This 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will enable Animal League America to rescue even more animals by adding a second floor to the existing shelter that will host a cage-free, natural living environment for felines.

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