Friday, October 19, 2007

Pet Lover Gives, Toasts Philanthropy

In a "tail" unlike any other, when philanthropist and dog lover Ileen Kaufman wanted a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate the "woman's best friend" in her life and benefit charity, the Boca Raton, Fla., resident led with her palate.

Kaufman contacted to Dog Lovers Wine Club, a program born through the partnership of california-based boutique winery Carivintas Winery and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and set forth to create "Molly Merlot," the bottles customized with images of the Kaufman family's 9-yesr-old Boxer.

"It's a win, win situation for everybody," said Kaufman. "We get to celebrate Molly, who is a great fourth member of our family... we get to help the Human Society of the United States, and we get to enjoy wine woth friends." HSUS' Pets for Life program gets tossed a bone of 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Molly Merlot.

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