Wags to Riches Volunteer of the Year, Cocktail Dress

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Wags to Riches Volunteer of the Year, Cocktail Dress

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I love an excuse to get dressed up for a party!  Last Saturday night my hubby and I got all dolled up to go to the The Blue Ridge Humane Society’s Wags to Riches event at the Hendersonville Country Club.


You can never go wrong with a simple black cocktail dress, heals and pearls.

The event was extra special for me because the Blue Ridge Humane Society honored me as their volunteer of the year for my work with Pet Pals.   Little ole me!  I still can’t believe it.

If you aren’t a WNC reader, Pet Pals was my pet adoption project with WLOS.  I produced and reported a twice weekly segment featuring local animals for adoption.  Over the course of 11 years, thousands of animals found homes after being shown on TV.  Pet Pals was the single hardest thing to give up when I left WLOS.  Luckily the segment lives on with another reporter.


I got to make a little speech and thank everyone for continuing to support me here on Running in a Skirt.  There are so many hard working animals lovers who do so much for homeless animals in this community, I feel like such a small part of the movement.


This award though, is now one of my cherished items now.

The rest of the evening was full of swanky fun including a silent auction.

wags_to_riches_auctionDancing with Elvis.


Delicious food and desserts


And of course, puppies, all dressed up for the occasion.

This one my friends, is crazy cute, has soft boxer-like ears and is available at the Blue Ridge Humane Society. Email [email protected] if you are interested.


What a fun night!  Thank you again to the Blue Ridge Humane Society for the award and hosting such a delightful event!

And oh yeah, it is #FashionFriday after all.

The dress.  Oh how I love this dress.  The skirt twirls like a ballerina outfit.  I believe every girl should have at least one go-to little black dress.

It’s White House Black Market. The pearls are from my wedding, the purse is old Banana Republic and the shoes are BCBG.


Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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Your turn!

Would anyone be interested in reading a monthly post about which animals are up for adoption at several WNC animal shelters?  I’m trying to find a way to continue to help find these babies homes!

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:23-04:00 September 19th, 2014|Asheville / WNC Living, Charity Work, Dressy, Fashion, Fun|17 Comments


  1. Colan September 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Julie. I always liked to see you reporting on Pet Pals. You definitely deserve the award. You do look great in your little black dress. I would definitely like to see a monthly post on the shelters and the pets that are up for or have been adopted.

  2. millie September 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply


  3. Ginni Terhune September 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on such a well deserved award and thank you for caring so much about the animals in our community!!

  4. Madeline St Onge September 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on the award Julie, it is well deserved

  5. Norma Clayton September 19, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    A well deserved honor! Congratulations! Thank you for your wonderful support of animals.

    And you looked fabulous in your little black dress!

  6. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 19, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    What a great event and a huge honor for you! I love that you have such a caring heart for animals, Julie. That boxer is beautiful! I wish I could take him.

  7. Lisa September 19, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the award! I agree–Pet Pals had to be the hardest thing to leave behind after so many years at the station! I hope all of those precious creatures find loving homes!

  8. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections September 19, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    You’re beautiful! What a perfect little black dress!

  9. Heather @fitncookies September 19, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    What a fantastic honor! Congratulations!! You look beautiful.

  10. Dan Steadman September 19, 2014 at 8:10 am - Reply

    congrats!!! We already knew you were a hard core pet person..congrats!

  11. Diana Ritter September 19, 2014 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I love the dress and it looks beautiful on you. I volunteer with Sarge’s Animal Rescue in Waynesville and we are very grateful for all you do for animals in need in our area. Thank-you and congratulations on this award.

  12. Linda E September 19, 2014 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Congratulations Julie for your award for your work with the Humasn Society Wags to Riches. Loved your black dress I have a black dress I go to when we go out love your fashion friday.

  13. Lynn September 19, 2014 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Awww…. good for you, Julie!! Congratulations!

  14. Jenny September 19, 2014 at 5:58 am - Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a sweet honor!

  15. Blane Sherer September 19, 2014 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your Humane Society Wags to Riches experience with us. You are so deserving of that Volunteer Award.You also looked amazing in your little black dress.

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