Live Emcee for Animal Foundation

I am delighted to be returning as live emcee for Animal Foundation’s “Best In Show” Sunday, April 23rd! ¬†Check out the press release below for more info ūüôā¬†

Here’s a very kind¬†testimonial letter I received from The Animal Foundation after hosting this event in 2014. ¬†Can’t wait to get back on the floor Sunday, and help these pups find a good home!

May 15, 2014

Dear Jeff, thank you for serving as the host and celebrity performer at The Animal Foundation’s 2014 Best In Show on April 27th, 2014. As our signature fundraising and community engagement event of the year, it is essential that we truly engage the audience in our mission. We could not have had a better host than you to achieve this goal. Your energetic performance kicked off the event with audience engagement that captured the attention of all 2,600 guests and set a fun and lively tone. We were impressed by your ability to grab and hold the focus of not only the VIP guests on the show floor, but also the 2,000 guests in the upstairs arena seats. Your off-the- cuff commentary and high energy interaction with the supporting hosts and pets kept every guest enthralled throughout the show. We’ve never had so many guests laughing, applauding, calling out and participating in the show! ¬†In addition we truly appreciate your efforts to learn about our mission and programs. Your ability to find ways to deliver genuine mission focused messages throughout the event was impressive. We felt that you were a true partner and we cannot express our gratitude enough for your dedication to making our event a success. We raised over $226,000 and found homes for more than 180 pets over the weekend. We are confident that your expert audience engagement will generate volunteers, fosters, adopters, donors and shelter pet advocates for months to come.

Betsy VanDeusen, Development Manager


April 17, 2017



More Than 50 Adorable Dogs from the Lied Animal Shelter will Compete during This Prestigious Dog Show 

WHAT:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Returning on Sunday April 23, The Animal Foundation‚Äôs 14th annual ‚ÄúBest in Show‚ÄĚ will take place at a brand new location, UNLV‚Äôs Thomas and Mack Center where more than 50 playful pups from The Animal Foundation‚Äôs Lied Animal Shelter will vie for the top title and the hearts of the audience. Judged by a panel of local news personalities, only one pup can be crowned the winner but all dogs will be available for adoption following the event.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† As The Animal Foundation‚Äôs largest fundraising event, this year‚Äôs ticket sales and contributions will proudly support the life-saving and life-changing programs offered by The Foundation, such as ‚ÄúPets for Life,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúKeep Every Person and Pet Together‚ÄĚ and low-cost clinics. Additionally, contributions will help The Animal Foundation move closer to its vital goal of saving every healthy and treatable animal in their care by the end of 2020 as part of Mission: Possible 2020, striving for a more humane and compassionate community for all animals.

WHO:                   Jeff Civillico, all-star variety entertainer and event emcee

                                Denise Valdez, KLAS 8 News Now anchor 

Gerard Ramalho, KSNV News 3 anchor

JJ Snyder, KTNV co-host of The Morning Blend

John Huck, KVVU FOX5 News anchor

Mercedes Martinez, Host of ‚ÄúMercedes in the Morning‚ÄĚ on MIX94.1 and KLAS Las Vegas Now


Steve Schorr, publisher and editor of The NOW Report

More than 50 cuddly canines ready for adoption 

WHEN:              Sunday, April 23

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†11 a.m. ‚Äď 2 p.m.

                               Media check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.

MEDIA:              Media must RSVP by April 22 to Tawny Strelic at or 702.716.2072.

                               Interviews available upon request

WHERE:           Thomas and Mack Center

                               University of Nevada, Las Vegas

                               4505 S Maryland Pkwy.

                               Las Vegas, NV 89154