5/5 Friday

AKC Museum of the Dog Gala 2023: Tails of Manhattan

Friday, May 5


We would like to thank our sponsors and ticket purchasers for their support of our unique Museum.

If you are unable to attend the Gala but wish to make a contribution, please consider donating towards our Annual Fund. 


A special evening honoring Ellen MacNeille Charles, President of the Board of Directors and the Honorable Dave C. Merriam, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

We are celebrating the many contributions of these two beloved leaders as NYC bustles once again.

The evening will begin with a special cocktail reception at the Museum—Around the World with Whiskey—which will feature whiskeys from three countries paired with artwork from our collection featuring breeds from each local. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and soft drinks will also be served.

Guests will then proceed to dinner and Broadway-themed entertainment at the adjoining Club 101.

Tails of Manhattan is the largest fundraiser for the AKC Museum of the Dog and with generous support from donors like you we are able to continue to care for one of the leading collections of dog art in the world and foster positive engagement with our canine companions.


Reception: Museum of the Dog from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2023
Dinner and entertainment to follow at Club 101

101 Park Avenue (40th street between Park and Lexington Avenues)


Sponsorship Packages and tickets

$10,000 Sponsorship – “Grand Champion” ($8,360 is tax-deductible)

$5,000 Sponsorship – “Blue Ribbon” ($3,480 is tax-deductible)

$375 Dinner Ticket ($200 is tax-deductible)


Grand Champion
Jeffrey and Lynne Ansell • Ellen MacNeille Charles • Jean Waldrup Durdin, Crown Jewel • Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens • Peter and Mary Kalikow • Dr. Chris Lezotte and Mr. Alan Kalter

Blue Ribbon
AKC Reunite • Gayle Bontecou • Nancy and Gary Brown • George W. Cook IV and Ann Mariah Cook • Gabelli Pet Parents Fund • AKC Pet Insurance • Chris and Cheryl Tice Koenitz, Koti Bear Kennels, LLC  • Karen LeFrak • Link Newcomb and Antonio Lemes • William Nicholson • Carol O'Brien, Thanewood Dalmatians • Nancy and Mike Shaw

Additional Sponsors
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum • James P. Crowley and Agnes M. Crowley • Alan Fausel • The Kennel Club • The Morgan Library and Museum • Museum of Arts and Design • Museum of the City of New York • Orvis • Poster House • The Red Fox Inn and Tavern • Salamander Resort • The Wallace Collection • 1-800 Flowers

*As of April 26, 2023

For questions, please email

Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.



Service animals are welcome in the museum. The museum entrance is wheelchair accessible via the building’s main plaza on the corner of Park Ave and E 40th Street. Accessible elevators are located on the first floor of the museum to the left of the admissions desk and gift shop. Public restrooms include accessible facilities.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact the museum.

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