Who Led the Pack? Superheroes on Parade Awards
After 10 months of exciting unveilings and viewings of the 101 magnificent Superheroes on Parade dog sculptures, 114,399 votes were cast online to select the public’s favorites. In this second year of this tail-wagging awareness and fundraising campaign, individually decorated, puppy-sized sculptures were featured in Sarasota while larger-than-life dogs were created for St. Petersburg and Tampa.
Southeastern Guide Dogs revealed the People’s Choice Award winners at a celebration held at The Palladium in St. Petersburg on Saturday, October 7.
An audience of hundreds of supporters enjoyed a program hosted by local celebrity Joey Panek, featuring the special performance of the song “Nella Fantasia” (“My Fantasy”) performed by Southeastern Guide Dogs’ visually impaired graduate Ewa Nowakowski.
There were three top vote-getters selected in each city. The nine winning artists and their sponsors were presented with glass sculpture award plaques.
The 2017 People’s Choice Award winners are:
Best in Show – Happy Returns
sponsor: Rudd International Asset Management
artist: Louis Pak
Top Dog – Lily
sponsor: Stephen and Marcia Miner
artist: Jenny Medved
Top Dog – Puppies with a Purpose
sponsor: Lakewood Ranch Puppy Raisers
artist: Elizabeth Johnson
Best in Show – Duke
sponsor: Dr. David and Kathy Nateman
artist: Carrie Jadus
Top Dog – Flo-Fido
sponsor: Progressive Insurance
artist: Michael Crabb
Top Dog – Rigby
sponsor: Jim Barge and Dawn Knight
artist: Debbie Marucci
Best in Show – Mastro
sponsor: Mastro Subaru of Tampa
artist: Zach Gilliland
Top Dog – Duncan
sponsor: Community Dog
artist: Stephanie Agliano
Top Dog – Captain Fur Baby
sponsor: Village Pet Spa
artist: Miraga Siciliano
“Once again, generous businesses joined together with a talented group of local artists to make the Superheroes on Parade campaign something really special, raising awareness and funds for the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs,” said CEO Titus Herman. “These creatively themed, imaginative dog sculptures represent the real superhero dogs that we breed, raise and train every day. It’s their destiny to transform the lives of the visually impaired and veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities. We are so grateful that the public has embraced this heartwarming campaign and become heroes for our real, four-legged superheroes.”
Stay tuned in 2018-19 for the third edition of Superheroes on Parade, when a new batch of original dog sculptures will be unleashed in Sarasota, Venice, St. Petersburg and Tampa.