The “Cat”-Walk is Ready: The Algonquin Hotel’s Annual Cat Fashion Show and Fundraiser Benefiting the
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Cats will prance down the runway in this paws-itively fabulous fashion event celebrating Hamlet The Algonquin Cat, while raising money to help their furry friends.
NEW YORK (July 1, 2019) – Tickets are now available for The Algonquin Hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1 to raise money for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. The event will bring together the city’s most fashionable felines to strut their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits that coincide with this year’s theme of “It’s a Small World.” It also celebrates Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.
The spectacle will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts; a silent auction featuring a variety of kitty-centric items; an on-site mobile adoption unit in front of the hotel that day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and of course NYC cats hitting the catwalk in opulent threads designed by legendary pet fashion designer Ada Nieves. Human guests are encouraged to wear their most eccentric, feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the un-fur-gettable night on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.
Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a nonprofit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. A raffle will raise additional funds throughout the evening, with prizes including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, pet lifestyle expert and author Sandy Robins.
Additional information, including an online silent auction and tickets can be found by visiting hamlet.givesmart.com. Hi-res imagery of the fashionable felines from last year’s event can be downloadedhere.
ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT
For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 12 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes eight Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Hamlet began his residence in July 2017.
Today, Hamlet is looked after by the hotel’s chief cat officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks him special meals on holidays. Hamlet receives fan mail and gifts constantly from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and can also be reached via e-mail.
The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.
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