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Hot! San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Chris Culliver to Be Awarded CLAW’s Champion of Compassion Award

San Francisco, March 12, 2014:  Critter Lovers at Work (CLAW) announced that it is honoring San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver with the Champion of Compassion award. Chris founded the Chris Culliver Foundation, which promotes animal welfare and helps inner city youth. Chris will accept the award at the 18th Annual Bark & Whine Ball, which takes places on March 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion. CLAW is an all-volunteer group whose mission is to support the San Francisco SPCA. Proceeds from the Bark & Whine Ball benefit the SF SPCA’s Cinderella Fund.

In addition to meeting Chris Culliver, guests can look forward to an extravagant evening filled with music by DJ Dave Kim, premium wines from Boisset Wine Living, delectable food by McCalls Catering, a live and silent auction featuring unique and exciting items plus experiences, and, of course, the city’s A-list dogs. Last year’s Bark & Whine Ball drew more than 400 guests and 200 of their furry companions.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Chris Culliver. ”I’ve been a lifelong advocate for animals, and to receive this recognition from CLAW and the SF SPCA is remarkable. I’m proud to be a voice for animals in the Bay Area and beyond.”

“Bark & Whine Balls are always a hit and we expect nothing less for 2014,” says Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the SF SPCA. “Every year, Bark & Whine contributions help the most critically ill and injured animals in our shelter; it is heartwarming to see everyone come together for this cause.”

All proceeds from the evening, which is CLAW’s single largest fundraising event, benefit the SF SPCA’s Cinderella Fund. This fund restores the health of the most severely injured and unwell homeless animals of the SF SPCA by paying for the cost of top-notch medical care.

“Hosting the Bark & Wine Ball in support of the Cinderella Fund is the highlight of our year,” notes CLAW president Judy Ranzer. “Not only do we all participate in saving lives at the Bark & Whine Ball, we also get to put on our finest attire and have an enchanted evening with friends.”

CLAW was founded in 1987 to generate support for and raise awareness of the SF SPCA. CLAW produces a variety of fundraising events that benefit the Cinderella Fund and to date has raised nearly $1.4M for the fund. The Bark & Whine Ball is being co-chaired by Susan Atherton and Nancy Trogman.

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