David Patrick Columbia Honored at the 22nd Annual Bergh Ball

April 30, 2019

David Patrick Columbia receiving an award

ASPCA Voice for Animals Award recipient David Patrick Columbia receiving his award from ASPCA Board Member Arriana Boardman.

The ASPCA recently honored editor and columnist David Patrick Columbia at the 22nd annual ASPCA Bergh Ball at The Plaza in New York City. The event once again proved to be a night to remember for ASPCA supporters, raising $1.1 million to support the ASPCA’s lifesaving work for animals. Renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi returned as the Master of Ceremonies, while DJ Sam French entertained the crowd throughout the evening. Other VIP guests in attendance included Jessica Hart, Candace Bushnell, Allie Rizzo, Liz Eswein and Wes Gordon. 

Isaac Mizrahi and Jessica Hart

Left: Master of Ceremonies, Isaac Mizrahi poses on the orange carpet with adoptable pup, Samantha. Right: Model Jessica Hart on the orange carpet.

DJ Sam French

DJ Sam French kept the music playing throughout the night.

The evening included a live auction hosted by esteemed auctioneer Jamie Niven, which featured several luxury items and experiences, including Billy Joel VIP concert tickets with a meet-and-greet and artwork by David Wiseman and Peter Beard. 

Bergh Ball Chairmen

Bergh Ball Chairmen - (from L to R) Jeffrey A. Pfeifle, Paige Nelson, Ben and Linda Lambert, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Laura Barket, Arriana Boardman and Laura and Fred Tanne.

The black-tie gala, themed “Reach Fur the Stars,” also honored longtime supporter David Patrick Columbia. ASPCA Board Member Arriana Boardman presented him with the ASPCA Voice for Animals Award, which recognizes individuals in the arts who use traditional and modern media to increase awareness and inspire action on behalf of animals in crisis in the U.S.

David is the co-founder, columnist, and editor of New York Social Diary, a website launched in 2000 that chronicles the lives of New York City’s elite. He is also currently the editor of Quest magazine. A committed advocate for animals, David has rescued numerous dogs and cats over the years, tending to their behavioral and emotional needs with deep love and care. 

ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker with a happy dog

ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker shares a smile with adoptable dog, Bunny. Bunny's dapper suit provided by lead sponsor Generation Tux.

“Named after the visionary hero who founded the ASPCA in 1866, the ASPCA Bergh Ball is a unique opportunity for those who care about vulnerable and victimized animals to support our deep commitment to their welfare,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. “That compassionate support is crucial to ensuring the lifesaving impact our work.”

The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and vulnerable animals across the country. The event attracts over 350 animal lovers, including community leaders, generous donors and celebrities, and raises critical funds to support the ASPCA’s lifesaving work for animals nationwide. 

Event Chair Allie Rizzo with Max the dog

Event Chair Allie Rizzo poses with adoptable dog Max on the orange carpet.

Guests at the Bergh Ball

Guests enjoying the music of Sam French.

Sponsored by Generation Tux and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the event featured décor design by Stonekelly in collaboration with décor chair Robin Bell. Event Chairs include Ms. Laura Z. Barket, Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Boardman, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fortin, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin V. Lambert, Ms. Amy Lau, Ms. Paige Nelson and Mr. Rob Wiesenthal, Mr. Jeffrey A. Pfeifle, Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Tanne, Ms. Kim White, and Mr. Kurt Wolfgruber.