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Partying for pits in Vegas: The Great Pit Ball

The Great Pit Ball, an all-day charity event to benefit the Villalobos Animal Rescue Center, the largest rehabilitation and placement facility for abandoned pit bulls in the world, is scheduled to take place March 14 in Las Vegas.

All proceeds from the night will go to the rescue center.

“Like many non-profits today, Villalobos has been under financial duress for some time due to the economic climate so we knew we had to do something to help,” said Brandon Bond, a tattoo artist from Atlanta  who co-organized the event.

“People have many misconceptions about pit bulls, when in reality, they are the most loyal, loving and amazing animals,” said co-organizer Ralph Perazzo, award-winning pastry chef and owner of Rare Concepts Group.

The event takes place at the Palms and Mandalay Bay Hotels & Casinos in Las Vegas. The complete VIP package costs $150 and includes entry into all of the day’s events, reserved VIP seating at a movie premiere, chef’s dinner and concert, as well as a gift bag. Individual events can be attended as well for smaller donations.

The event will include a world premiere showing of “Vicktory to the Underdog,” hosted by Bond, who directed the film. The film takes an in-depth look at his efforts to rescue pit bulls, including the infamous Michael Vick dogs. Bond, in addition to being a pit bull activist, owns All or Nothing Tattoo in Atlanta.

Top Las Vegas chefs will serve up their favorite dishes at the “Dining for the Dogs Dinner,” featuring an acoustic performance by Nashville artist Kimber Cleveland. In addition, top tattoo and alternative artists have donated a collection of art that will be for sale.

Tickets may be ordered in advance online.

Animal Planet will film the Great Pit Ball as the season finale for “Outlaw Dogz,” a program currently in production scheduled to air in 2009. The six episode series, based on Villalobos Animal Rescue Center and its work saving Pit Bulls, is being filmed on location at Villalobos with its operator, Tia Maria Torres, and her family.

The Villalobos Animal Rescue Center is a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned pit bulls. The facility cares for a daily average of 200 dogs, and places about one dog per month.


Comment from LuluAndLolly
Time March 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Two Paws Up for this information — we are 2 Maltese dogs and LoLLy is a rescue so we try to do our part too so we posted a link to this story on our Resources / Links page — hope that helps spread the word! Love, your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy! http://www.luluandlolly.com