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The Animal Medical Center's 2009 Top Dog Gala


The Animal Medical Center’s 2009 Top Dog Gala Honors Lisa and David T Schiff

Raises $1.1 Million for The AMC and its
Frank V.D. Lloyd Fund for Guide Dogs

Also Celebrates NYPD Bomb Dogs

    Photos by: Cutty McGill


Honorees, David and Lisa Schiff
 David and Lisa Schiff with a guide dog in training puppy


Nancy Kissinger

Nancy Kissinger with a Guide dog puppy in training


Elaine and Kent Lagone

Elaine and Ken Langone with a Guide dog puppy in training


Tina Flaherty

Tina Flaherty with Guide dog in training puppy


Annette de la Renta and Nancy Kissinger

Annette de la Renta and Nancy Kissinger


Ashley Schiff Ramos and Tina Schiff

Ashely Schiff Ramos with mother Lisa Schiff


Jeffrey Garten, Barbara Liberman, Robert Liberman, Ina Garten and Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy

Jeffrey Garten, Barbara Liberman, Robert Liberman, Ina Garten and Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy


New York, NY  –  The Animal Medical Center (AMC) held its annual Top Dog Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with 300 guests in attendance to honor Lisa and David T Shiff for their three-decade commitment to The Animal Medical CenterThe $1.1 million raised will, in part, help support The AMC’s  Frank V.D. Lloyd Fund for Guide Dogs which provides free veterinary care to guide dogs.  

Mrs. Schiff has served on the Board of Trustees at The AMC for thirty years and is also Honorary Chairman of the Youth Counseling League, on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and since 2001 has served as Chairman of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Mr. Schiff, the managing partner of Kuhn, Loeb & Co, has served on the Board of the Wildlife Conservation Society for more than forty years, eleven years as Chairman.  In addition
has been a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for thirty-eight years. 

The Gala was hosted by Stephen S. Lash, chairman of Christie’s Americas.  The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Chris and Bruce Crawford, and Benefit co-chairs were Wendy Lehman Lash, Barbara Liberman and Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy.   Guests included Nancy Kissinger, Annette de la Renta, Jean Doumanian, Lillian Vernon, Emilia Saint-Amand, Nina Griscom, Topsy Taylor, Tina Flaherty, Jeffrey and Ina Garten, Kenneth and Elaine Langone, and Emilia and Fred Krimendahl.

The NYPD Bomb Squad was also honored for its extraordinary service to the city, with four explosive detection canines, along with five puppies in-training from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, delighting the guests with wags and licks during the reception.  Robert Liberman, Chairman of The AMC Board, was presented with an award in recognition of The Animal Medical Center’s years of dedication to the healthcare of seeing-eye dogs by Bill Badger, CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

About The Animal Medical Center
The Animal Medical Center celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010 and is New York City’s largest non-profit facility for veterinary care, research and education.  With nearly 90 veterinarians practicing in 18 different specialties, The AMC is uniquely qualified to handle more than 40,000 patient visits each year.  The AMC is one of the only independent non-profit animal hospitals in the United States, and serves the tri-state area with routine, specialty and emergency care for companion animals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  A variety of free or subsidized Community Funds are available to those in need including the Frank V.D. Lloyd Fund for Guide Dogs, Seniors’ Animal Veterinary Effort, and Patient Assistance Fund.  For more information, please visit


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