During the 1990ís, the Golden Retriever Club of America held an annual silent art auction
at the Golden Retriever National Specialty to benefit the Golden Fund for Rescue. Funds
raised by this auction were used to support the development of numerous local Golden rescue
organizations across the country.
In 1997 the newly formed Golden Retriever Foundation took over responsibility for the auction.
The auction proceeds have continued to be used primarily to assist breed rescue but may also
be used to underwrite research and educational projects. Artist and organizations from around
the world have generously donated their time and effort to this cause and the auctions have
featured among the best Golden Retriever Art..
The late eighties and early nineties we also saw the rise of the "Top Twenty" competition of the
yearís most successful conformation Goldens held during the week of the GRCA National
Specialty. In 2002 the Golden Retriever Foundation adopted the concept of a Gala Event at the
National Specialty, combining the Top Twenty competition and the art auction. The Gala is a
glamorous mix of beautiful artwork, top winning show dogs, an elegant cocktail party and
This event heightens awareness of the Golden Retriever Foundation programs and generates
much needed revenue. It has quickly become the Foundation's signature event and a highlight
of the GR National Specialty week.
The Golden Retriever Foundation is pleased to host the Top Twenty Competition at the 2017
Gala Event in Maryland.