South Florida's most-important contribution to American culture is limited to the innovations found in men's magazines and nightclubs, or so the cliche goes. But what if our region's legion of pinups united to use their considerable powers for good? Would evil in the world stand a chance?
For now, they are starting small: On Thursday at Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale, a rare union of women seen in the pages of Playboy, Maxim and FHM will take place to raise money to promote dog adoption and eliminate the twin scourges of puppy mills and shelter euthanasia. The Humane Society of the United States estimates 4 million dogs and cats will be put down this year.
The party is called Mutts n Models after a dog-adoption advocacy campaign founded by Oscar Rabeiro, a men's magazine photographer from Davie who decided to use his connections with beautiful women to help his other great passion, the one with four legs. Rabeiro began by offering nonprofit South Florida rescue organizations free photography to better showcase their dogs, and then started asking model friends such as Maxim's Tami Donaldson of Fort Lauderdale to sit with their pets for fundraising posters.
The Mutts n Models event, which also will welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs to one of South Florida's most-glamorous nightlife locales, will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. For a $20 minimum donation, you get two free cocktails, the opportunity to mingle with the models and have your photo taken with them, and your pet, at a photo booth Rabeiro will set up. Proceeds benefit local dog-rescue organizations Animals Rock and Helping Homeless Animals.