Paul Harding of Personal Injury Law Firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti to Chair Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Gala

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125th anniversary gala will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Saturday, April 21st with Steve Caporizzo as emcee and Paul Harding as chair. The 2012 humane heroes awards will be presented.

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The 125th anniversary Around the World for 80 Strays gala to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick Street in Troy on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Paul Harding of personal injury law firm, Martin Harding & Mazzotti, is the event chair. The event will feature live and silent auctions with Steve Caporizzo from WTEN serving as the emcee and celebrity auctioneer. Music will be provided by Grant Central Station.

The Society will present the 2012 Humane Heroes Awards. Goldstein Auto Group will receive the Humane Business Award, while the Humane Non-Profit Award will be presented to Community Resource Federal Credit Union. Cohoes Harmony Hill School third grade students & teachers will receive the 2012 Humane Education Award and John Norton will be given the Humane Advocate Award for his photographs of homeless animals. The Society will also present its highest award given in honor of Dr. William O. Stillman, who founded the organization in 1887.

The live auction will feature:
Immortal Circus Package: Two suite tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal Tour at the TU Center and a one-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Garden Inn, Albany Medical Center.

St. Petersburg Vacation: Two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, plus use of a two-bedroom condominium on the southern tip of St. Petersburg, Florida for up to two consecutive weeks.

High Adventure Skiing: Two sets of adult skis, poles, boots and bindings and a $500 gift certificate for lodging, dinner and breakfast at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid.

America’s Grand Getaway Adventure: Two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines; two nights at a Marriott Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Wyndham or Hilton Garden Inn type properties; and two one-day passes from over 100 amusement parks nationwide (Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Disney, SeaWorld or Universal Studios).

Romancing the Stone for Mom or Mate: A $1,000 shopping spree at Northeastern Fine Jewelry, plus Anthony’s Chocolate Dipped Fruit, flowers, champagne a gift certificate for dinner at LaSerre, and a beautiful hand-painted original design decorative box.

Cutest Pet Calendar Cover & Photo Shoot: Everyone knows they have the cutest pet and the proof will be when the pet’s photo, taken by a professional photographer, is featured on the cover of MHHS’s 2013 Cutest Pets Calendar.

Sponsors of the 125th Anniversary Gala are Joseph Carr, Fleurtacious, Goldstein Auto Group, Martin Harding & Mazzotti, Times Union, ABC 10 – WTEN, BBL Hospitality, Camelot Print &
Copy Center, Capital District Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates, Community Resource Federal Credit Union, Coppola Design, E. Stewart Jones, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, LaFave Wein & Frament PLLC, Pet Spas of America, Michael & Lynn Hanley, & The CDL School, New York Press & Graphics, Save A Bull, TD Bank, Upstate Veterinary Specialties, The Animal Hospital, CSEA, Friends of Washington Park, Troy, KeyBank, Miller Animal Hospital, Nigro Companies, Pioneer Bank, Rowland & LeBrou, PLLC, Siemens Industry, Inc. and Tech Valley Communications.

Reservations to the black-tie-optional event are $125 per person and are available by calling the Society at (518) 434-8128 ext 206, or ordering online at until 9AM Thursday, April 19th. They will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, founded in 1887, is the largest animal protection agency in New York’s Capital Region and serves as the SPCA for Albany and Rensselaer Counties, investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty. The Society receives no local, state or federal government funding, nor does it receive funding from any national groups such as ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States.

The Society, located at 3 Oakland Avenue in Menands, is open for adoptions seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM, Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday 1PM to 4PM. For more information, contact (518) 434-8128 or visit

CONTACT: Nancy Laribee, Marketing & Development Director    
518-331-1035 (cell)                    
518- 434-8128 ext. 206            
Email: nlaribee(at)mohawkhumane(dot)org

About Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, LLP
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP ® is a personal injury law firm whose practice is limited to protecting the rights of those wrongfully injured as a result of negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured, call us toll free at 1.800.LAW.1010 (1-800-529-1010). In 2010, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti expanded their operations into Western Massachusetts. Based in Albany, NY, the law firm has a storied history of being actively engaged in their community, including The Legal Project, an organization in which Paul Harding has taken an active role. The Legal Project is a private, non-profit organization, which provides a variety of free and low cost legal services to the working poor, victims of domestic violence and other underserved individuals in the Capital Region.

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