Agape Animal Rescue’s 8th annual Glitter and Glam was bigger than ever at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville. On June 5th, a sold out crowd enjoyed a retro-inspired fashion show featuring rescue dogs on the runway with local and national celebrities. The models walked in designs by Tatyana Boutique, Kendra Scott and Orostani Couture presented by Winston Dog.
Glitter and Glam 2016
Hosts Brad Hopkins and Kelly Ford brought along their sports, news and country music friends including country star Darryl Worley, WKRN anchors Dawn Davenport and Cherish Lombard, NFL Pro Chris Sanders, America’s Morning Show’s Blair Garner and Off Eric, national sportscaster Rachel Baribeau, country artists Melonie Cannon, Teresa Guidry and Kelsi Olsen, model Natasha Blankenship and entertainment reporter Nicki D., but the dogs were the real stars of the night. Each dog model’s touching rescue story was told at the beginning of the show, complete with emotional before pictures. In what Agape referred to as “The Big Reveal,” the dogs were accompanied on stage with their forever families, rescuers and foster parents.
Sisters Kori Jean and Kelsi Olsen of Mersi Stone opened the show with their version of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” a song event chair Stephanie Willis refers to as the anthem of Agape Animal Rescue.
Kori Jean Olsen, who co-chaired the event with Willis and Kristen Hopkins, was awarded the Sparkle Award for her 5 years of service at Glitter and Glam. The Mack Award, Agape’s highest honor, was presented to CMT’s Katie Cook who hosted the event in 2015.
Glitter and Glam also featured live and silent auctions with Caribbean vacations, jewelry, art, VIP packages to Agape’s upcoming Agape Animal Ball and more.
The organization partnered with Susan’s Whiskered Companions to create dog-themed carnival games, another fundraising effort that provided guests hours of entertainment and the opportunity to win prizes valued at $500. Happy Retales, My Second Home Pet Resort, Frog Heating and Air, Kendra Scott and Reliance Aerotech sponsored the games that will be used to help dogs in need for years to come.
Agape founder and executive director Tanya Willis announced that 2016 was the final year for the event that raised more than $40,000 for the rescue.
“Glitter and Glam is dear to our hearts, but we are excited to move onward and upward with our new annual event, Agape Animal Ball, that is coming up on November 19th. We hope you will join us for the grandest event in Agape history,” said Willis.
Agape would like to thank title sponsor Happy Retales and the many dog-loving sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and committee who made the Glitter and Glam finale possible.
For more information about Agape Animal Rescue or Agape Animal Ball, visit www.AgapeRescue.org