SOURCE: Morris Animal Foundation

August 30, 2013 17:31 ET

Winner of the Win a Date With Betty White Contest Announced

Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates 65th Anniversary by Hosting Gala in White's Honor

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - August 30, 2013) - Ever wonder what it would be like to share an evening of witty banter with America's Golden Girl, Betty White? Well, one lucky couple will have their chance. Cody and Greg Flietner will be among the very elite to celebrate Betty and her work with Morris Animal Foundation at the Morris Animal Foundation Gala of Hope-An Evening with Betty White in October.

The gala event will showcase Morris Animal Foundation's work and will honor White for her lifelong commitment to making the world a better place for animals. White has been an active trustee and supporter of Morris Animal Foundation for more than 40 years. The Gala of Hope is part of the organization's 65th anniversary celebration.

The Flietners, like many people around the country, are huge fans of White and of animals.

"When I saw information about this contest on ABC News, I knew this would be the perfect gift for Greg," said Cody, who initially refrained from bidding but kept tabs on the online auction. "I remember that the final day of the auction was also my first day at a new job, so I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to monitor the contest."

Fortunately, Cody was able to sneak away for a bit. He placed the final bid and won a date for him and Greg with America's Golden Girl.

"We love Betty, and animals have always been near and dear to our hearts. This opportunity really is a win-win because it was a gift for Greg's birthday, we love Betty and all the money goes to a great cause," Cody said.

You too can celebrate with Betty and help animals by attending the Morris Animal Foundation Gala of Hope.

"Morris Animal Foundation gives animals lovers hope for a brighter future for our four-legged friends. I am so proud to have worked with this organization for more than 40 years," said Betty White Ludden, president emeritus of Morris Animal Foundation. "And I am delighted to help them host the very first Morris Animal Foundation Gala of Hope."

The gala will take place Saturday, October 19, at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, California. For ticket or sponsorship information, visit

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