Men of the Desert fashion show Dec. 4 to save shelter pets from euthanasia – Desert Sun


Desert Sun staff  |  Palm Springs Desert Sun

What do dogs, dudes and designer duds have in common? They all come together to support Animal Samaritans‘ animal rescue program.

Taking place Dec. 4 at the Palm Springs Air Museum and benefiting the nonprofit animal organization will be the 13th annual Men of the Desert fashion show and luncheon. Produced by SusanSteinStyle in conjunction with event co-chairs Patrick Mundt and Lori Serfling, the event will begin with a silent auction starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the fashion show at noon.

Handsome Hounds from the Coachella Valley, who will rock the runway with their canine friends, are Gabriel Aguirre; Cash Anderholt; Kevin Bass; Brandon Boswell; Marshall Brown; Andy Dick; Mehran Elly, MD; Dennis Flaig-Moore; Brad Fuhr; Dawson Johnson; Squire Junger; Joshua Levy; James Lindquist; Raju Mehta; Andrew Mills; Patrick Mundt; David Olivas; Dave Romness, MD; Sam Spinello; Erik Schnaser, MD; Otis Taylor; Tom Truhe, DDS; Makaury Warren; and Kristofer Westerhof, MD.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by a group of animal lovers determined to solve the epidemic of pet homelessness and preventable pet euthanasia, Animal Samaritans has for more than four decades worked to improve the lives of animals and people in the Coachella Valley.

The Men of the Desert fashion show and luncheon is the organization’s biggest and most exciting event of the year.

The 60-foot runway assures great visibility as models walk with their canine companions in the newest men’s fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue.

This year, international award-winning designer Christopher Bates, who has his design studio in Milan, Italy, will show his latest men’s collection along with the Christopher Bates “Top Gun” collection, created in collaboration with Paramount Studios and the movie “Top Gun Maverick.” 

Event proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ animal rescue program and no-kill animal shelter. Over the last twelve years, the program has saved more than 15,000 adoptable at-risk dogs and cats from pending euthanasia and helped them find their forever homes.

The event’s presenting sponsor is Carl Jud Foundation. Gold Paw sponsors are Eisenhower Medical Center and Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler. Silver Paw sponsors are The Auen Foundation, Jan Salta and Garry Kief and Barry Manilow. Bronze Paw sponsors include Contour Dermatology, IE Gives, Sarah Milmet, El Paseo Jewelers, Jonathan Espy, Junger, Phyllis Eisenberg, David Kowalczyk and Curtis Johnson. Copper Paws sponsors are KGAY, First Bank and Deborah Romness. Tail Waggers are Joseph Ambrose, Mundt and Nancy Nevil, Ed Zeigler and David Gaines, Mark Smith and La Di Da Jewelry.

Tickets for the event are $250 for VIP runway seating and $200 for general admission seating.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs. For more information, call (760) 332-5027. To purchase tickets, visit

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