Sassafrass Jones Partners with Sant Ambroeus To Host Holiday Yappy Hour & Celebrate the Festive Season

Kelly Bensimon

WHO: Kelly Bensimon

WHAT: Following on the success of ‘Yappy Hour’, Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at Loews Regency Hotel partners with Sassafrass Jones for a special event celebrating the heartwarming children’s tale, “Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home.” The holiday classic teaches the importance of celebrating our differences and caring for animals in need.

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The afternoon will be filled with festive activities for families and pet lovers, holiday photo opportunities with a live Sassafrass Jones, a silent auction and raffles. Holiday inspired sweets and hot cocoa will also be offered for children, and puppycinos will be available for the furriest member of the family to enjoy.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17th – 4:00pm to 7:00pm

WHERE: Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at Loews Regency Hotel – 540 Park Avenue (entrance is on 61st street, between Park and Madison Avenue)

WHY: All proceeds from the book and products sold during Yappy Hour will be donated to the Humane Society of New York.


Readers of all ages will be charmed by Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home – a whimsical tale of two plucky outsiders Sassafrass Jones, a perky Pekingese with a delicate eye condition and Madeline, a lonely fashionable milliner mouse of Habersham Forest who find each other and the courage to pursue their dreams. Even if you’re a tiny stray dog, looking at the world through chartreuse-framed cat eye glasses, ‘nothing is impossible’. All the answers await inside as you’re transported into authors Cathleen Smith Bresciani and Richard L Eldredge’s magical world of Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home, featuring more than 50 full-color, beautifully detailed images by photographer Tomas Espinoza and sets created by Christopher J. McClellan. INCLUDED: Audio Book CD Narrated by Fred Schneider of The B52’s Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, The Humane Society of New York, amongst others both nationally and locally.

Humane Society of New York 

For over 100 years, the Humane Society of New York has been a presence in New York City, caring for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. In 1904 we were founded to protect the city’s horses against abuse. Members fought for laws to punish negligent owners and place watering troughs in streets and parks. As funds allowed the Society expanded to include a free medical clinic and a small adoption center for cats and dogs. Today our hospital and our Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 38,000 dogs and cats annually, and their numbers continue to grow.

Sant Ambroeus Restaurant Group:

For thirty years, Sant Ambroeus has served as New York’s most beloved and authentic Italian restaurant, offering contemporary Milanese cuisine and flawless service in unrivaled locations, delighting locals and visitors alike. The original Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in Milan in 1936, and quickly acquired a devoted following in northern Italy’s cosmopolitan capitol. The original pasticceria and confetteria became the meeting place of the local intelligentsia, who began their day with Sant Ambroeus legendary cappuccino and sweet cornetto, savored crusty panini at lunch, and enjoyed evenings of refined Milanese cuisine in the restaurant’s elegant dining room. Visionaries Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli have translated these old-world sensibilities from the original Sant Ambroeus location to appeal to American diners, importing generations of Italian culinary tradition to a selective group of New York neighborhoods: Southampton, the Upper East Side, the West Village, and now SoHo as well as Midtown with the debut of Sant Ambroeus Café at the Loews Regency Hotel. Each Sant Ambroeus restaurant recollects these authentic Milanese origins, building upon these time-honored traditions while broadening Sant Ambroeus’ clientele and vision. For more information on Sant Ambroeus, please visit

About Loews Regency Hotel

The iconic Loews Regency Hotel reopened on January 16, 2014 following an extensive revitalization. The transformed property features 379 guest rooms including 58 suites; The Regency Bar & Grill, home of the “Power Breakfast” by Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group; and the new flagship salon of the famed hairstylist Julien Farel, which incorporates a premier spa. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Park Avenue, Loews Regency offers exceptional service and world-class amenities, optimal for conducting business or taking advantage of the city’s best shopping, cultural experiences, and dining. For reservations or more information about Loews Regency, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit:

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