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Harley Dog Days IX -“Remembering the Times”

DELRAY BEACH, FL (July 7, 2010) – Engines roared as almost 300 enthusiastic Harley and animal lovers took part in the recent Harley Dog Days event benefiting PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), an auxiliary of the Humane Society of Broward County.

Harley Dog Days IX, “Remembering the Times,” was staged in remembrance of Bruce Rossmeyer, a longtime supporter of the shelter and its many programs and services.

Delray Beach executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin’s nonprofit organizations, American Dog Rescue and the Gail L. & Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, served as joint presenting sponsors for the event.  Chairwoman Melody Saleh said the evening netted more than $125,000.

Guests, decked out in their Harley gear, enjoyed the festivities at the waterfront home of Ron Picou and Michelle DiMarco in Fort Lauderdale.  They sipped specialty martinis compliments, savored hors d’oeuvres and hand-rolled cigars during the cocktail hour, and had the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction.

Doc Reno from BIG 105.9 radio was the master of ceremonies.  The Rossmeyer family was presented a gift during a dedication to the late Bruce Rossmeyer.

One of the highlights was a live auction hosted by auctioneer Gordon Latz.  The largest item, sold for $12,000, was a 2000 Harley Davidson Road King donated by Ted and Patti Morse.  Mark and Clark with their dueling pianos act then humored the crowd.  Next, the winning ticket was drawn for a 2010 Harley Davidson Street Glide; the lucky winner was Anthony Palermo, of Pompano Beach.  The gathering concluded with live music from Fifth Avenue Music.

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American Dog Rescue ( is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. American Dog Rescue is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting or calling (801) 944-3023.

The Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization created to assist the building and growth of other foundations through leadership, management, marketing, and public relations. The Foundation’s core focus is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and animals, support young adults through educational efforts, and aid women in breast cancer recovery.

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is dedicated to providing the volunteer and financial support to assist the Humane Society of Broward County.  Its mission is to provide shelter, aid, and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to its care, as well as, expanding community awareness through education regarding respect and kindness to all animals. It is PAWS’ belief that… Pets Are Worth Saving.

The Humane Society of Broward County ( provides shelter, aid and a responsible adoption to animals entrusted to our care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals. The Humane Society of Broward County relies on the generosity of our community and companies to fund our operations and programs budget. We do not get funding from the government, United Way or any other national or local organizations with similar names. Income sources are: adoption fees; services such as dog obedience, vaccination clinics, spay/neuter programs; pet boutique sales; fundraising events; grants; general donations and from those people who leave the shelter in their will. Every dollar is carefully spent to help the unwanted animals.

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