TWINSBURG — Celebrating 50 years of service, the Humane Society of Summit County will conduct its signature gala event, the Pawsibility Ball, Aug. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

The Pawsibility Ball is the annual celebration to benefit more than 2,500 animals rescued by the organization each year. HSSC is proud to honor this year’s Animal Heroes Rennick and Dee Andreoli and R. Mark Daye and Kerri L. T. Bowman for their dedication to animals in Summit County who are victims of cruelty and neglect.

Presented in 2018 by LD Carlson, RDA Hotel Management and Judge Mary F. Spicer (retired), the ball features a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, a moving tribute to the Animal Hero honorees and an unforgettable showcase of precious adoptable dogs, cats and critters that represent the thousands of animals rescued each year by the Humane Society of Summit County. For more information or to purchase tickets and sponsorships online, visit summithumane.org/pb18 or call 234-212-9826. Online ticket sales end Aug. 20.

The Andreolis, local hoteliers and philanthropists, have been supporting HSSC in a transformational way for over twenty years. They recently made a contribution toward an intake center at the shelter to provide a dedicated area for new arrivals to be triaged and receive immediate medical treatment and care. 

Local veterinarians Daye and Bowman will also be recognized for their leadership and support. Bowman, a former member of the HSSC Board of Directors, led the establishment of the shelter’s on-site veterinary suite custom designed to provide HSSC’s rescued animals with top quality veterinary care. Daye continues to donate specialty care to animals with severe injuries or serious medical conditions through his private veterinary practice. 

Additionally, the event is hosted by Fred McLeod, the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Beth McLeod, of WOIO Cleveland 19, who are themselves HSSC supporters, vocal shelter animal advocates and proud owners of three rescue dogs.

"The services we provide to the animals of Summit County are only made possible through the generous support of our community," says HSSC President and CEO Diane Johnson. "We are thrilled to mark our 50th anniversary at this year’s Pawsibility Ball through the recognition of our Animal Heroes, the Andreolis, Dr. Bowman, and Dr. Daye, who also happen to be among our most transformational partners. This year’s Pawsibility Ball will be an unforgettable celebration of the work we do every day to save lives and offer second chances to pets in need."

HSSC rescues Summit County’s companion animals that are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment as well as sick and injured strays. Additionally, HSSC provides veterinary care, spay/neuter procedures, behavioral training and rehabilitation, and a no time-limit facility for the animals in its care. For questions contact the Humane Society of Summit County at 330-487-0333.