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  • cocktails & hors d'oeuvres served
  • community event

The Champions is an inspirational story about the pitbulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.

This event is SOLD OUT.

We are, however, still selling Raffle Tickets for a chance to win an epic “Doggie Gift Basket” from WAG NATION (value $200)! ALL proceeds from this raffle will benefit our animal shelter event partners. You may purchase your raffle ticket(s) in the dropdown menu to the right. Winner need not be present.

In partnership with Potter League For Animals, Handsome Dan’s Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society & Animal Rescue RI

Supported by Wag Nation 

Darcy Dennett, Director of THE CHAMPIONS
Heather Gutshall, Executive Director of Handsome Dan’s Rescue, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant at Outbound Hounds
Lee Greenwood, Legislate Attorney at Best Friends Animal Society
Paul Fiaccone, owner of Cherry (a dog featured in the film, formerly owned by Michael Vick)

Moderated by:
Christie Smith, Executive Director of Potter League for Animals

Tickets options (see dropdown menu on the right):

$15 – Film + Q&A only

$25 – Pre-film reception + Film + Q&A

Consider adding a $5 Raffle Ticket in the dropdown menu for a chance to win an epic Doggie Gift Basket from WAG NATION (value $200)! All proceeds from this raffle will benefit our animal shelter event partners.

As much as we love them, please do not bring your wonderful furry friends!

Do you want a 15% discount? Become a member here, then sign in with your member account to purchase.

6:00pm: Pre-film reception with Modelo beers, Tom Gore & Nobilo wines & hors d'oeuvres by Stoneacre Pantry
7:15pm: Film screening followed by panel discussion, plus a visit from one of the stars of the film, Cherry the pitbull!
Run time: 93 minutes
Director: Darcy Dennett
Producers: Lindsay Rothenberg, Darcy Dennett
The Champions
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