Tuxes & Tails Gala

Toto, Sharon Guenthner, Jeannine Blazin, Suzie, Evan and Autumn Burbank. Photo by Bill Wine.

The 25th annual Tuxes & Tails Gala benefiting the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) will take place next month on Aug. 11 at the Louisville Marriott East. Each year, the event draws in animal lovers not only with its important mission but with a fun and festive theme. To learn about this year’s iteration and the incredible impact the organization makes, we spoke with Alisa Gray, KHS’s vice president of outreach.


“It’s hard to believe that the Kentucky Humane Society’s Tuxes & Tails Gala has been around for a quarter of a century,” Gray said. “The event has changed a lot over the years, from a small, more casual bash to Louisville’s premier fundraising event for shelter animals. But through it all, the goal has remained the same: to create a delightful evening for pet lovers who are here to support KHS’ lifesaving mission.”


Since Tuxes & Tails Gala began in 1993, guests have contributed more than $2 million to help homeless pets at the Kentucky Humane Society. “We find homes for more than 6,000 dogs, cats and horses each year,” Gray explained. “KHS is the state’s largest pet adoption agency and saves the lives of shelter animals not only in Jefferson County but throughout Kentucky.”

KHS is Kentucky’s largest spay/neuter provider. “Since opening our S.N.I.P. Clinic in 2007, over 110,000 local dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered,” she says. “This has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of pets surrendered to local shelters. Our goal is to make sure that every pet is a wanted pet who is loved and treated like family.

“As for this event, it takes a small village to put on Tuxes & Tails,” Gray continued. “More than 50 volunteers and staff members provide time and talent. Committee members typically begin planning the next year’s gala in January and don’t stop until we can all catch our breath the Sunday after the gala. It’s rewarding to see all that time and effort transformed into a unforgettable evening filled with people who love animals as much as we do.”


The night wouldn’t be the same without a unique theme. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Saturday Night Fever,’” Gray said. “Our Tuxes & Tails committee thought a disco theme would be a blast – who doesn’t love disco balls, pantsuits and the Bee Gees? Someone on the team came up with Disco InFURno, and we knew we had a winner.”

Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Humane Society.


Tuxes & Tails Gala is KHS’ largest fundraising event of the year. “Proceeds support KHS’ lifesaving work, including pet adoptions, spay/neuter and pet retention programs,” Gray affirmed. “And during Tuxes & Tails, we ask guests to make special donations to our TLC Fund, which helps pay for medical or behavioral care for our most fragile shelter animals so they can be adopted.”


“In addition to attending Tuxes & Tails, we are grateful to supporters who choose to adopt, foster or donate to KHS,” Gray said. “We truly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for compassionate people who care about companion animals. Adoption, spaying/neutering and education are working. Together, we all make a difference for companion animals. VT

Tuxes & Tails Gala

6 p.m. Aug. 11

Louisville Marriott East




Presenting sponsors: Brown-Forman and Mister “P” Express, Inc.

Presenting media sponsor: The Courier-Journal

Platinum sponsor: Cathy & Earl Zion and Today’s Woman

Gold sponsor: Republic Bank

Silver sponsors: Henry & Roxy the Pit Bulls and PetFirst Pet Insurance, Underwriters Group, Weichert Realtors – ABG Properties, R.J. Thieneman, Crowe Horwath, Hwang’s Martial Arts, Cuddle Clones and Scoppechio

Table sponsors: El Jimador, Lyndon Animal Clinic, Shircliff Publishing, Gary and Kathy Clements/Kevin and Susan DeMott, First Kentucky Securities, Churchill Downs and UPS

Annual sponsors: Feeders Supply and Park Community Credit Union

Lounge media sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and StyleBlueprint