Metropolitan Dog Club Returns To Grand Central Terminal For Top Dog Celebration

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A sell-out crowd is expected to flock to Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant on the East Balcony of Grand Central Terminal on February 11, 2009 for the second annual Best In Show Brunch. There, patrons can meet and mingle with Westminster Kennel Club Group Judges and listen to the featured speaker, Best in Show Judge, Sari Brewster Tietjen discuss how she selected the winning dog. Join in the celebration as the winning dog and companion handler participate in a satellite media tour. TV personality, David Frei and journalist, Bo Bengston, will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the betterment of dogs and people. Metro President, Charlotte Reed, will present the winning dog with a celebratory meal from the renowed restaurant.

Whether the winner is a large or small breed, the dog will have a choice of a juicy steak or a tender chicken breast cut into small pieces

A sell-out crowd is expected to flock to Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant on the East Balcony of Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 for the second annual Best In Show Brunch. Hosted by The Metropolitan Dog Club, the event follows on the heels of the renowned Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held from February 9-10 and this year, features many illustrious personalities in the dog world.

The festivities begin at 10:30 am with the Blue Ribbon reception. There, patrons can meet and mingle with Westminster's Best in Show Judge, Sari Brewster Tietjen, the featured speaker of the brunch. In addition, bestselling author, TV personality and popular inspirational speaker David Frei will be honored for his twenty years of service to the Westminster Show. Bo Bengtson, author and 50 year veteran of the show will be honored for his fine work as a journalist. Both will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the betterment of dogs and people.

Long Island pet columnist, Joanne Anderson, will receive the President's Award for her commitment to community service. Angel On A Leash dog, Clayton Griffith-Dienst will be remembered for the therapy dog work he performed at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New Alternatives for Children, and other organizations. His owner, Greer Griffith is Manager of Animal Assisted Therapy at the ASPCA, will accept the award.

Another highlight of the morning will be a nationally broadcast interview conducted by David Frei with Westminster's winning dog and companion handler. Frei is USA Network's co-host of the Westminster dog show, the second oldest continuous sporting event in the U.S.

Additionally, the Westminster winner will be treated to not only a celebratory swag bag of luxury items but a meal fitting his or her new status. "Whether the winner is a large or small breed, the dog will have a choice of a juicy steak or a tender chicken breast cut into small pieces," says Metropolitan Dog Club president, Charlotte Reed.

As is the tradition of the Metropolitan Dog Club, a portion of the Best In Show Brunch proceeds has been earmarked for charity. This year's recipient is Take the Lead Charity, which provides direct services, support and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffer from life-threatening or terminal illness.

"Splendiforous", "Uber event", "Super event", "a Perfect Day" were some of the remarks made by last years Best in Show Brunch participants. The 2009 event promises to be even more enjoyable and advance reservations are highly recommended. For further information about the brunch and/or to make a reservation, contact: events (at) metropolitandogclub (dot) com.

About the Club:
The Metropolitan Dog Club was founded by Charlotte Reed, Jane St. Lifer Kennedy, Joel Gavriele-Gold, Fran Prince and Patricia Enright at Balthazar restaurant in the summer of July 2007. The "Metro" is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City. The organization is not traditional dog club, but rather an active, community service organization. Monthly socials bring awareness about canine issues, raise money for animal charities and encourage networking within the membership. The club's Blue Book Magazine, catering discriminating dog enthusiasts, will be also released in January, 2009.

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