Watch the video for performances by all the Legends who helped make the evening a huge success.


Orfeh & Andy Karl (Photo: Sandi Durell)


By Sandi Durell


I don’t know about you, but for me. . . this is my favorite fundraising event of the season presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni at Feinstein’s/54 Below with the one and only Seth Rudetsky (proud rescuer and owner of four dogs) as musical director and host.

The Humane Society of New York is an extraordinary clinic (with top veterinarians and volunteers) who currently house 50 dogs and 150 cats in their facility at 306 East 59 Street in New York City. They are one of the top clinics in the area doing God’s work since 1904 lending a helping hand to so many. You’ll be happy to know that over 90% of all monies raised go directly to program activities as the President, Board Members and volunteers receive no compensation.

The stars from Broadway and beyond came out on October 14 helping the Humane Society raise much-needed funds from a very giving audience in the evening auction. Monies go not only to the care of the animals but to keeping the 6-story building in good condition.

Seth Rudetsky

Beth Leavel with Myrtle

Seth with Marilyn Maye

Bill & Dorothy Berloni


Bill Berloni with Orfeh & Andy Karl


The legends who performed included (in alphabetical order): Nick Adams, Griffin Binnicker, Brenda Braxton, Javier Colon, Eden Espinosa, Adam Kantor, Cassandra Kubinski, Beth Leavel, Beth Malone, Marilyn Maye, Bonnie Milligan, Evan Ruggiero, Justin Showell, Max Von Essen, Lillias White and, of course, the honorees themselves, Orfeh and Andy Karl who were recipients of the fifth annual Humane Society of New York’s Sandy Award

Rescue pups Winston, a Yorkie, and Maria, a Chi, came with Society employees and were adorable as they were held and sung to during the evening. And, Bill Berloni’s Mabel (the bull dog) especially got lots of attention from both Adam Kantor and Beth Leavel.

The songs were heartfelt and pet friendly. One of the funniest moments was Marilyn Maye talking about Rosie, her 5 lb. Yorkie whom she carried in her purse as she traveled from gig to gig. At the end of her act, Rosie would come out and, on a drum roll, would dive right into the purse at the edge of the stage. Marilyn says “I had worked for one hour, and sang a lot of great songs, and she got more applause than I did.”


The Cast

Your donations are always welcomed and necessary.

Bill Berloni established The Sandy Fund in the memory of “Sandy” (Arf) the dog who became a star on Broadway in Annie. An abused and abandoned animal, he was about to be put to sleep, when Bill found and rescued him, working with and training him as they began a life and career together. Sandy never missed a performance in over 7 years – “the longest running dog on Broadway.” The Fund underwrites lifesaving care for the needs of homeless dogs, cats and other animals. 212 752-4842


Photos: Genevieve Rafter Keddy except as noted

Video: Sandi Durell