UPDATE: J&B Custom Leather is hosting an auction on their Instagram account Nov. 4-6 to help raise money for the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation and Happy Tails Pet Therapy program. Happy Tails visits nursing homes, hospitals, schools and various events to help bring love and companionship to those who may be struggling. All sales from the auction will be split in half and donated to each organization. The auction, which will include J&B dog collars, belts and bracelets begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on Nov. 4 and closes at 6:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 6. Read below to learn more about J&B and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.
Bridget Tuckey grew up on a farm, and animals have always been a huge part of her life. So when Mary Williamson and her pup Holly asked businesses to donate goods for the Marvelous Mutt Mixer, a fundraising event for the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Bridget was happy to help.
JDHF, founded by Nancy and Katherine Heigl, has a mission to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference, and ignorance.
“Education means knowledge, and knowledge is power,” Bridget says. “The power to make a difference in the rescue world and in the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs. JDHF is continually sharing and spreading important information in regards to animal welfare and rescues.”
Tuckey runs a fine leather goods business called J&B Custom Leather with her husband Trevor. They specialize in custom dog collars, so it was a natural fit that they’d make one for the event.
Bridget, Trevor and Mary collaborated on a special collar for the event. The design includes black croc leather, baby blue leather piping, clear Swarovski crystals and brass hardware. But the pieces that really make the collar’s look are the vintage, brass NYC subway tokens. These tokens are the exact pieces that you would have used to board a NYC train anywhere between 1953 and 1979.
“The subway tokens were all Mary’s wonderful idea,” Bridget says. “She wanted to incorporate something that was distinctly NYC and vintage. She wanted something that was unique enough to capture the attention of, not only NYC lovers, but those who cherish all things historical and beautiful.”
With a piece so special, they knew they had to do more. Mary and Bridget came up with the fantastic idea of offering it as a stocked product even after the party took place. Not only did J&B add this to their collection, but all net proceeds of every single The Vintage NYC Dog Collar go directly to the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.
“My passion for education and the selflessness that this organization expresses are what drove us to want help them and the thousands of dogs they help save each year,” Bridget says. “We hope we do our best and raise lots of money to help those loving, furry friends out.”
Photos by Annika Elbracht