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

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Award Ceremony to Take Place at The 18th Annual Bark & Whine Ball, Benefitting the San Francisco SPCA

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.

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.

Tickets for Bark & Whine 2014 are now available online at the or by phone at 415-522-3535. General admission is $150 per person and $20 per dog. Patron packages start at $325 - $5,000.

For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please call Amanda Newkirk at 415-522-3548.

Media interested in attending the 2014 Bark & Whine Ball should contact Krista Maloney at 415-522-3507.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit

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