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DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

Broadway Loves DOGNY!

On Wednesday August 21, 2002, AKC Chairman Ron Menaker debuted two DOGNY sculptures at Broadway's famed Shubert Alley. On hand to celebrate this occasion were the stars of the smash hit MAMMA MIA!, Karen Mason, Judy Kaye, and Louise Pitre. These sculptures are just two of the over 100 life-size dog statues that will be placed on the streets and public spaces of New York City, with all proceeds going to support America's Search and Rescue Dog organizations.

The colorfully decorated canine sculptures were designed by Billy to showcase Broadway's support for the DOGNY public art project. The dogs were painted with bright, playful sketches of Broadway characters and whimsical themes inspired by the artist's urban primitive style. The creator of the designs, Billy, is a self-taught artist whose murals have been on display on the set of the Broadway play "Rent".

These two sculptures as well as the other dogs will remain on display through November, marking the one-year anniversary of September 11th, before being sold at auction in December at Sotheby's and on Sotheby's.com. All net proceeds to go to volunteer and professional Search and Rescue organizations throughout the United States through The American Kennel Club (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, an established 501 (C)(3) charity.

"The support of the Broadway community for the DOGNY project is overwhelming," said AKC President and CEO Alfred Cheauré. "We hope that the public will take the time visit all the sculptures on the DOGNY project which serve as a tribute to the tireless efforts of Search and Rescue canine teams throughout the country."

Also addressing the media and public was Juan Rodriguez of The Iams Company, a major sponsor of DOGNY, who will have over 20 sculptures on display.

Joining us to celebrate were AKC President and CEO Alfred Cheaure, Co-Chair Karen LeFrak, Vice President Dennis B. Sprung, Mrs. Toni Sosnoff, sponsor of the Robert Perless sculpture "Aurora," Project Manager Daphna Straus, and artist Billy, who painted the two sculptures.

The "Broadway Loves DOGNY" sculpture is sponsored by AKC Chairman, Ron Menaker and his wife Kathy. "Show Stoppers" is being sponsored by Walter F. Goodman.

Members of the media look on as AKC Chairman Ron Menaker debuts two DOGNY sculptures at Shubert Alley on August 21, 2002.
AKC Chairman Ron Menaker flanked by Mamma Mia! stars (left to right) Karen Mason, Judy Kaye, and Louise Pitre.
DOGNY sculpture painted by Billy adorns Shubert Alley on August 21, 2002.
Mamma Mia! star Louise Pitre speaks about her love of dogs and her support of the AKC's DOGNY project.
AKC Vice President Dennis B. Sprung, Chairman Ron Menaker, and President Alfred Cheaure pose with the "Broadway Loves DOGNY" sculpture at Shubert Alley.
AKC Chairman Ron Menaker, Mrs. Toni Sosnoff (sponsor of "Aurora" by Robert Perless), AKC Vice President Dennis B. Sprung, Mamma Mia! star Karen Mason, DOGNY Co-Chair Karen LeFrak, Mamma Mia! stars Louise Pitre and Judy Kaye, AKC President Al Cheaure, and (kneeling) artist Billy.