• Tuesday , 20 February 2018

Saving Furry Friends While Dancing the Night Away at the Annual Morris Animal Refuge for FurBall 2016

Story and Photos by Dana Prophet

On March 19th, lovers of animals and devotees of The Morris Animal Refuge‘s dressed in 1950’s dresses and leather jackets to celebrate the love of the four-legged friends and everything MAR stands for.

This year’s event took us and the Old Pine Community Center back in time to Prom Night in the 1950’s. It wasn’t just an excuse to wear your hair in a beehive or pompadour, it was to honor people who sacrifice their time to benefit The Morris Animal Refuge and raise funds to allow the organization to do their great works for our canine and feline friends who need a home.


This fluffy goofball received his greatest wish – A Furever Home with one of night’s honorees’ Rep. Brian Sims.


Bella and Rachel Nute pose for a photo.


Belting out old school tunes were The Original Mix Company.


This darling couple were the first to hit the dance floor.


The chaperone of the evening and dog lover Valerie Knight of 98.1 WOGL “The Breakfast Club”, emceed every exciting happening.


Chelsea Stroud, a 76ers dancer, is ready to pump up the crowd.


Adorable, friendly, and fashionable couple Michael and Brooke Duffy.

12th Street Catering Hamburger

Imagine you are at the Morris High Drive and order up this all-beef slider with a side order of french fries created by 12th Street Catering.


The 76er Dancers invite people to dance the night away.


Chelsea and her fellow 76ers Dancers stir up the dance floor.


Looking cool in a leather jacket is Executive Director Lewis P. Checchia.


Alex Wolicki and Brandon McMullin enjoy a cocktail.


You can eat these dogs piping hot sausages by 12th Street Catering.

Rep. Brian Sims with dog and award

Looks like Rep. Brian Sims found a forever friend.

Dr. Ravi Muraka Winner of the Grace Labouchere Award

Winner of The Grace Labouchere Award is a leader of the veterinary field for over 20 years, Dr. Ravi Muraka.

Silent Auction Basket

Just one of the many items available at the night’s silent auction.


Where you saw humans, you also found a lot of animal cuddling.

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Morris Animal Shelter's Prom Queen Bella

This year’s prom queen Bella with her human Allie Ziff.


Rachel Nute holds the prom queen’s prize – a cake for canines. Allie Ziff holds Bella.


Tonight was the night for an amazing prom.


Marguerite Thomas, April Thomas-Jones and Jeanne Johnson strike a pose.


It’s took this group of people and more to make this night a success. It was a job well done 2016 FurBall Committee!


The prom’s “Dance Team” Project Moshen performed their rendition of several songs from the popular film “Grease”.

Philly's premiere dance company Project Moshen are the night's updated version Sandy and the Pink Ladies.

Philly’s premiere dance company Project Moshen are the night’s updated version Sandy and the Pink Ladies.

People dancing at the 2016 Furball.

This party is far from over! Until next year, pet lovers.

Check out the animals available for adoption:
Morris Animal Refuge
1242 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

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