Portland, February 27th, 2013. The highlight of the 2013 Heroes Luncheon was  the presentation of the Diamond Collar Awards.  Sydney Knab had a chance to hold Bella, a rescue dog which was adopted by Janet McQuiston. The Oregon Humane Society spotlighted heroic people and pets and the benefit luncheon raised $160,000.

Matt Zaffino congratulating Max Foster on her Diamond Collar win. Max save her four cats from a house fire.

Matt Zaffino congratulating Max Foster on her Diamond Collar win. Max
saved her four cats from a house fire.

Animal heroes can be those pets who have acted to save a human or animal life in peril, who have performed services within the community with undying loyalty, or who have overcome incredible odds to survive. Human heroes can be those who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals, exhibiting courage and compassion in the pursuit of animals’ well-being in Oregon.

From left emcee Matt Zaffino with Diamond Collar Hero Winner Sgt. Jesse Knott and his cat Koshka the he rescued from Afghanistan with OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon cheering him on.

Emcee Matt Zaffino with Diamond Collar Hero Winner Sgt. Jesse Knott and the cat he rescued from cat Afghanistan, with OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon cheering him on.

OHS volunteers were on standby to introduce Diamond Collar guests to pets available for adoption.

OHS volunteers were on standby to introduce Diamond Collar guests to pets available for adoption.

Bob Wentworth was one of the valued sponsors at the event which was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

From the Oregon Humane Society:

Our mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.

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