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Photo credit: SPCA of Texas/Madeline Yeaman Top row (L-R): Jocelyn White (2013, 2015), Kristen Greenberg (2016), James Bias (SPCA of Texas President and CEO), Jennifer Lindsley (2017, 2018), Debra Burns (SPCA of Texas Senior VP, Development); Front Row (L-R): Julia Howard (2018), Cindy Lindsley (2017, 2018), Phyllis Comu (2016), Stacey Kivowitz (2013, 2015).

Former Fur Ball Chairs Luncheon

Former Fur Ball Chairs gathered on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas to celebrate the SPCA of Texas’ 80th Anniversary at Fur Ball 2018, to be held on Saturday, September 22 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

2018 Chair, Cindy Lindsley, along with SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias, raised a champagne toast to celebrate all of the successes of the former Fur Ball Chairs and the legacy of success they have built for the premier gala supporting animals in our community.

Board member Stacey Kivowitz and former Board Chair Jocelyn White, who both chaired the 75th Anniversary Fur Ball gala in 2013, highlighted the good work the SPCA of Texas does every day to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets, and focused especially on the exceptional work that the organization did to help hundreds of pets and their people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Julia Howard, 2018 Auction Chair, announced that she has lined up some fabulous travel experiences for the live auction at this year’s Fur Ball. Phyllis Comu, 2016 Fur Ball Chair, expressed her excitement and support of this year’s festivities. The entire group joins the SPCA of Texas in being thrilled about this year’s honorary chairs, President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

Tickets, tables and high level sponsorships are now available for purchase online at www.furballdallas.com.

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Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty www.strutyourmutt.info

SPCA of Texas Hosts the 13th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty on Saturday, May 12 
Presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill's Pet Nutrition


3K Fun Run/Walk and 5K Timed Run Benefitting the SPCA of Texas to be Held at the Base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge


WHAT:
Lace up those sneakers, get ready to roll out with your best tailwaggin’ friend and come join the party on Saturday, May 12 in Trinity Groves for the SPCA of Texas’ 13th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill's Pet Nutrition. Registration is $35 for 3K and $40 for 5K per person (canine companions are welcome but not required). Register today at strutyourmutt.info!

The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, breakfast and vendors to visit and activities for everyone. The timed 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K walk/fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The SPCA of Texas' Strut Your Mutt race is focused on the Race to End Animal Cruelty. Animal cruelty is an enormously important problem in North Texas, and one that the SPCA of Texas can positively impact with the support of the community. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit at the SPCA of Texas has full-time professional humane investigators, educators, a supervisor and a case manager. The Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit investigates more than 1,500 animal cruelty cases each year, many resulting in criminal convictions. As a result of these cases, the SPCA of Texas is successful in rescuing over 3,000 animals out of harm's way every year in multiple Texas counties.

In addition to the walk, strutters will enjoy mimosas and refreshments, as well as free hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Fuddrucker's. We will also have plenty of family-fun events for you to enjoy in our Bow-Wow-Bazaar, which will include vendor booths, activities for pets and kids, demonstrations and more!

Everyone who registers can also help the SPCA of Texas raise funds by collecting pledges for cool prizes and participating in the individual and corporate fundraising challenges. Online registration will be available until May 11. Top Fundraising Challenge prizes will be awarded to participants who collect the most pledges. Donations may be made for Strut Your Mutt through May 31.

Take the next step and form a team at strutyourmutt.info and fundraise to help the SPCA of Texas. Once you register your team and give it a memorable name, you can set up your fundraising goal, recruit team members and build team spirit through your team page.

CURRENT SPONSORS INCLUDE: Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Silver Bone Sponsors: Guaranty Bank & Trust, Hollywood Feed; Strut Supporters: CareNow, Cypress at Trinity Groves; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Amstel Xlight, Fuddrucker's, Honeylu Coffee, PepsiCo.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to noon
Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m.
Timed 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
3K Walk/Run begins at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Trinity Groves
Base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas

COST: Registration fee for an individual is $35 for 3K and $40 for 5K (includes free food, beverages, a t-shirt, dog bandana and goody bag).
Children 11 years old and under are free, but must register to receive food and a t-shirt.
All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas. 

HOW: For complete information and to register, create a team or sponsor an individual or a team, visit strutyourmutt.info.

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All photos should credit Thomas Garza (L-R) Giana DePaul, Scooter (SPCA of Texas Mascot Cat), James Bias, Snip (SPCA of Texas Mascot Dog), Melissa Vullo Bell, Kristen Greenberg

The SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 2018, “Paws About Town 

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. 
Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center 
2400 Lone Star Drive 
Dallas, TX 75212   
 

On Sunday, January 28, the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause, “Paws About Town,” at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center saw more than 250 animal lovers come together to benefit the Southern Dallas Pet Initiative and the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair. The event attendees were welcomed with a purple search light, a purple carpet, dancing dog and cat mascots and real, adoptable, tailwagging dogs and purring cats.

Inside, guests enjoyed gourmet food from some of Dallas’ finest chefs, imbibed luscious libations including the “Purr-ple Rita” signature drink, danced the night away to musical entertainment by Goga, took part in the Bone Appétite restaurant drawing and had their pictures snapped at the Flipbook photo booth. A silent auction of high-end items tempted attendees with fine art, photography packages, pet care products, designer clothing, fine jewelry and more.

Haute cuisine stations from several of the Metroplex’s best restaurants, including Salum, Parigi, Pink Magnolia, Cane Rosso, Whistle Britches and 3015 at Trinity Groves tempted guests with everything from sumptuous savories to decadent desserts.

Paws Cause 2018 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Honorary Chairs Marsha Pendleton Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Chair Kristen Greenberg, Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Bone Appétit Chair Giana dePaul and the Host Committee, which included: Andrea Alcorn, Jane Arrington, Steve Atkinson, Rebecca Belew, Adam Bell, Diane Brierley, Ashley Berges, Chad Collom, Phyllis Comu, Gwen Echols, Billy Fulmer, Ashley Greenberg, Scott Kramer, Leah Lacey Pasant, LeeAnne Locken, Ann Marcus, Emi McNair, Brian Miller, Christina Mille, Stacey Newsom, Betsy Orton, Becky Pennartz, Dan Pritchett, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Gary Rugoff, Gigi Potter Salley, Abraham Salum, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Angel Semeco, Mark Soto, Mary Spencer, Karen Urie, Shane Walker, Ken Weber, Aundrea Whalen, Mindy Wood, Cathy Vieth and Cathy Zigrossi.  

SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias, Paws Cause Chair Kristen Greenberg and SPCA of Texas Senior Vice President Debra Burns took turns thanking the guests and encouraging them to give.

In addition, the evening featured a very special announcement that The Snyder Foundation challenged all Paws Cause supporters to donate and they will generously match all donations up to $100,000. 

“Give as little as $10 and we’ll match with $100!” Bobbi Snyder of The Snyder Foundation expressed prior to the event. She continued that she is so thrilled with the work the SPCA of Texas is doing in Southern Dallas, with the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic and across all programs and services, that she was moved to provide this match so that everyone at Paws Cause and beyond gets excited about donating to the SPCA of Texas. 

This year, generous Paws Cause donors raised approximately $210,515 (gross).

All proceeds from the Paws Cause event benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and fund spay and neuter efforts in the Dallas community. This includes the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of South Dallas to help address the serious stray animal, pet homelessness and pet overpopulation issues, also supporting the preservation of the bond between pets and people and keeping pets and the community healthy and safe.

Attendees included Sally Hoglund, Russell E. Dealey, Leldon and Gwen Echols, Diane and Hal Brierley, Gigi Potter Salley, Joe Bushkuhl and Mary Spencer, Rebecca and Jim Belew, Stacey Snyder Verbeek, Marsha Pendleton Gray and Dr. Richard Gray and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Prosecutors Felicia Kerney and Steve Wilson.  

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Paws Cause 2018, "Paws About Town" www.pawscausedallas.com

SPCA of Texas Announces Paws Cause 2018, "Paws About Town"

Event to Benefit Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and The Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair


The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present Paws Cause 2018, “Paws About Town,” on Sunday, January 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The event benefits the Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online at www.pawscausedallas.com.

This casual, fun-filled evening features wonderful food from local chefs, libations, musical entertainment by Goga, the always popular Bone Appétit restaurant drawing, and of course, a chance to mingle with some furry friends.

Guests will enjoy portable haute cuisine from several of the Metroplex’s finest restaurants, including Parigi, Whistle Britches, 3015 at Trinity Groves, Cane Rosso, Pink Magnolia and Salum.

The Honorary Chairs of Paws Cause 2018 are Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray. The 2018 Chairs are: Kristen Greenberg, Chair; Melissa Vullo Bell, Co-Chair; and Giana dePaul, Bone Appétit Chair. The 2018 Host Committee includes: Jane Arrington, Steve Atkinson, Rebecca Belew, Adam Bell, Diane Brierley, Ashley Berges, Chad Collom, Phyllis Comu, Gwen Echols, Billy Fulmer, Ashley Greenberg, Scott Kramer, Leah Lacey Pasant, LeeAnne Locken, Ann Marcus, Emi McNair, Brian Miller, Christina Miller, Stacey Newsom, Betsy Orton, Becky Pennartz, Dan Pritchett, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Gary Rugoff, Abraham Salum, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Angel Semeco, Mark Soto, Mary Spencer, Kerry Sullivan, Karen Urie, Shane Walker, Ken Weber, Aundrea Whalen, Mindy Wood, Cathy Vieth and Cathy Zigrossi.

Paws Cause 2018 is sincerely grateful to the following sponsors: Diamond Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray; Gold Sponsors: Diane and Hal Brierley, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Mary Spencer, Trinity Industries, Inc. and Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury; Silver Sponsor: Ann Marcus; Bronze Sponsors: Janiece and Jimmy Neimann, North American Title Company, Candace Rubin, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz and Karen Urie; Copper Sponsors: Kristen and Scott Greenberg, Katy Murray, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Jack Retro and Skip and Mary L. Trimble; Hospitality Sponsors: Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, KMG Events and Ralph Lauren – Highland Park Village.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. In particular, Paws Cause raises funds for the following programs:

  • The Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair strategically located in South Dallas providing low cost medical services as well as anchoring the overall South Dallas effort.
  • The SPCA of Texas' Kivo Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is targeting underserved neighborhoods each week and providing free spay/neuter surgeries to residents in 23 Southern Dallas zip codes. The Mobile Spay/Neuter Vehicles helps communities at risk due to animal overpopulation as well as providing assistance to the elderly or citizens with transportation challenges.
  • Community Pet Program with “boots on the ground” door to door contact educating local residents as to the benefits of humane animal stewardship, as well as distributing pet food and supplies to pet owners needing assistance.
  • Free and low-cost Spay/Neuter and wellness service to the neediest communities, including monthly community wellness events offering free vaccinations, flea/tick preventative and microchips to residents in the community, helping keep pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.

Programs and initiatives as ambitious and far-reaching as these not only encourage the health and humane treatment of animals but also serve to make our communities better places.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about high profile sponsorship opportunities, visit www.pawscausedallas.com. Visit the Paws Cause Facebook Event page to help us spread the word!

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All photos should credit Thomas Garza Photography (L-R) Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell

Paws Cause 2018 Holiday Party 

Hosted by Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins at Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.

Winter-red roses bloomed all around under the magnificent crystal chandelier gracing the entryway of the Ralph Lauren Boutique at Highland Park Village on Wednesday, December 6, where ladies and gentlemen gathered in the holiday spirit to celebrate Paws Cause and shop for friends and family, all to benefit the SPCA of Texas. Guests sipped wine and champagne and nibbled sweet and savory delicacies as they browsed. 

Sincere thanks to Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting and to the Ralph Lauren store for welcoming the festive crowd and for donating a portion of the proceeds from the event's sales to the SPCA of Texas. Many of the guests were spotted walking out with armfuls of beribboned boxes and bags, admiring the gorgeous window display featuring the classic Ralph Lauren teddy bears dressed in holiday finery!

Debra Burns, Sr. Vice President for Development for the SPCA of Texas, thanked Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village and Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting the soirée. Burns also toasted to newlyweds Susie Swanson and Kevin Coffey on their recent marriage and presented them with a framed photo of the couple from last year’s event, engraved with “Furever Friends.”

Guests included Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Andrea Alcorn, Karen Urie, Susie Swanson, Kevin Coffey, Gloria Snead, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Phyllis Comu, Mary Spencer, Nancy Latner, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton and SPCA of Texas Board Member Steve Atkinson.

Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. Honorary chairs are Marsha Pendleton Gray & Richard Gray.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.com.  

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Photo courtesy of Thomas Garza Photography James Bias and Kristen Greenberg

Home for the Holidays Bark + Build Housewarming Party

Benefiting the SPCA of Texas

Sunday, November 19, 2017

6 – 8:30 p.m.

NorthPark Center

 

Tacky holiday sweaters were on display in all of their glory as designers, architects, socialites, friends of the SPCA of Texas and members of the American Institute of Architects of Dallas (AIA Dallas) and TEXO, The Construction Association jingled and mingled to kick off Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Bark + Build Housewarming Party on Bark + Build Lane at NorthPark Center on Sunday, November 19th at 6 p.m.

A plethora of delectable delicacies from the sweet to the savory and bubbly beverages, beer and wine were served. The evening's superb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events and Kristen Greenberg. 

Between grooving to the spunkiest holiday beats, provided by LeForce Entertainment, guests strolled the first floor between Dillard’s and Macy’s at NorthPark Center to view the 24 custom-made dog houses that were created especially for the Bark + Build luxury Doghouse Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays, which kicked off November 13. These one-of-a-kind dog houses on display and up for auction at the Housewarming party, were designed and built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members, and will be there until December 3.

Maura Davies, Vice President for Communications for the SPCA of Texas, began the awards ceremony for the Bark + Build awards by welcoming the more than 350 guests to Bark + Build Lane and sharing the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and to rescue. Davies expressed the SPCA of Texas’s gratitude to Lona Crabb, Billy Hines, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger of NorthPark Center as well as AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. She also highlighted the SPCA of Texas’ efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year through its animal cruelty investigations, spay/neuter and wellness services and adoptions. Then, 2017 Bark + Build Chair Jeremy Hogan with Sedalco Construction Services and 2016 Bark + Build Chair Mary Butler, Associate at FKP Architects, introduced all of the award winners for Bark + Build. 

All entries for the Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition were judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel previous to the Housewarming event. This panel included Mary Spencer, Board Member of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and former SPCA of Texas Board Member; Miguel Villareal, Senior Construction Manager of Crescent Real Estate; Monica Jacobs, HR Manager of DPR Construction; Rhonda Reinhart, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Luxury Texas; Dustin Clanton, Senior Associate of BKD, LLP; Phillip Craddock, Owner of Craddock Architecture; and Dr. Troy Cobb, Veterinarian at VCA Central Expressway Animal Hospital.

Awards presented include: Best in Show (1st place): D2 Architecture with Suffolk for b•ARX; Hot Dog Award (runner up): FKP Architects and Campos Engineering with Skanska for The Doggy Paddle; Teacup Pup Award: GSR Andrade and TLC Engineering with Rogers-O'Brien Construction for WinneBarco Mini Trailer; Big Dog Award: VLK Architects and Cadence McShane Construction for Bird Dog Blind; and Enviro Dog Award: DLR Group | Staffelbach with MAPP for Wag On Inn.

These winning houses were auctioned live at the Housewarming party by Logan Thomas, Auctioneer and all other houses were up for silent auction the same night. The auctions raised more than $8,000.

Additionally, it was announced that voting is now open for the final award, People's Choice, in the Bark + Build Luxury Dog House Competition at NorthPark Center! Voting is open at www.spca.org/vote through December 3, 2017. This winner will be announced at that time.

Home for the Holidays sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers; Event Sponsors: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Kroger and the North Texas Cheddarheads; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Heineken USA and Central Market; Dog House and Kennel Sponsors: Katy Trail Animal Hospital, North Texas Honda Dealers, Lord Green Strategies, Stand Up and Paint, Hollywood Feed and CareNow; Media Sponsor: CultureMap; and Entertainment Sponsor: LeForce Entertainment.

All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas' important mission to rescue, heal, and find loving homes for homeless animals. So far, the Bark + Build portion of Home for the Holidays has raised more than $77,000 including sponsorships and auction.

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SPCA of Texas Introduces New Foster Program

Become a Foster Hero and Save Lives

The SPCA of Texas is excited to introduce changes to the SPCA of Texas' Foster Program, that will make it even easier for people to help homeless pets by fostering them. The SPCA of Texas is seeking Foster Heroes to open their hearts and homes to animals in need. By becoming a Foster Hero, people will be providing one animal with a comfortable, loving home while allowing another animal to take the foster's place at the shelter. The SPCA of Texas has foster opportunities to suit any lifestyle, and provides training and all of the supplies needed for foster pets, so all fosters have to do is bring the love! There are three types of fostering, including Adoption Ambassador, Trust Building & Socialization and Healing & Comfort.

Adoption Ambassadors foster adoption-ready animals and help them find their forever homes. This part of the program is currently available for dogs only, but plans are in place to add other pets at a later date. Adoption Ambassadors work to find their fosters forever families by promoting them online, taking them out on the town and bringing them to SPCA of Texas adoption events. They will receive training on the adoption process, so that when they find their foster's perfect family, they can facilitate the adoption themselves. The average foster time is expected to be 2-3 weeks. People can also Borrow-a-Buddy by taking a dog out of the shelter for a short amount of time, such as an afternoon at the park or sleepover in their home.

Trust Building & Socialization fosters provide a safe, loving environment for pets with difficult pasts and help them gain trust in people. Many of these pets have been brought in through the SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit from situations of cruelty and neglect. These pets tend to be very fearful or shy, lack socialization and don't know how to be a pet yet. The pet's mental and emotional health can deteriorate in the shelter environment, while experiencing life in a home environment can improve their behavior. Trust Building & Socialization fosters will receive training on the behavior of their foster and proper socialization techniques. The average foster time varies depending on the pet's behavior, but is expected to be 6-8 weeks.

Healing & Comfort fosters provide animals the loving care and attention needed in a home, rather than a kennel. There are a wide variety of pets needing this type of foster, including mothers and litters, kittens or puppies that need to gain weight or are too young for adoption, unweaned puppies and kittens needing bottle feeding and animals of all ages that need rest to recover from sickness or surgery. This includes Fospice—Foster Hospice—care for sick or geriatric animals needing a comfortable place to live out their life. Healing & Comfort fosters will receive training on how to care for the medical needs of their specific foster pet.

It's easy to become a SPCA of Texas Foster Hero, so now is the time to jump in! There is no cost to join, and there are options for everyone regardless of housing, work schedules or other pets. Training and all of the supplies needed will be provided, so all people have to do is give the tender loving care the pet needs. To become an SPCA of Texas Foster Hero, please visit www.spca.org/foster to sign up. After submitting an application, new fosters will complete an online orientation and begin receiving foster requests via e-mail. If a foster sees a pet they are interested in fostering, they can contact SPCA of Texas staff to arrange bringing the foster pet home. For more information, please visit www.spca.org/foster or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

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SPCA Fur Ball 2017 Photo Credit: Bret Redman: (L-R) Cindy Lindsley (2017 Fur Ball Chair), Sandra Fite (2017 Fur Ball Auction Chair), Cameron Gummer (2017 Fur Ball Auction Co-Chair), Laura Floyd (2017 Fur Ball Co-Chair), Allie Jarvie (2017 Fur Ball Co-Chair), Jennifer Lindsley (2017 Fur Ball Co-Chair)

SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2017, “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” a Tail Wagging Success!  

An evening of dinner, dancing and fabulous live and silent auctions  

Saturday, September 30, 2017

6:30 p.m. – Midnight  

Omni Dallas Hotel

 

The SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball 2017, “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” was held on Saturday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Omni Dallas hotel. The regally elegant, black-tie evening included dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions for over 900 guests. Chair Cindy Lindsley announced that thanks to the generosity of sponsors, patrons and guests, Fur Ball 2017 raised more than $500,000 to help the SPCA of Texas serve 75,000 animals and their people in 2017 and beyond. 

Guests were greeted with passed bubbly and savory hors d’oeuvres as they made their way up to the Omni’s Dallas Ballroom. During cocktail hour, elegantly clad ladies and gentlemen nibbled and sipped, snapped pics and perched on thrones as they cuddled a passel of adoptable SPCA of Texas puppies, all while a three-piece combo from Limelight jazzed it up. Competition was fierce at the 300+ item silent auction, which featured everything from sports memorabilia, fabulous spa packages, high-end jewelry, dining experiences (from the fun to the fine) and so much more.

Each beautifully appointed table was graced with gorgeous floral centerpieces complete with golden crowns thanks to Dr. Delphinium. The delightful dinner included a salad of butter lettuce and seasonal greens salad with spiced pecans, goat cheese, and pancetta served with a Sherry Vinaigrette along with entrees, either Beef ‘Wellington’ petite filet and slow roasted salmon with mushroom duxelle, puff pastry, Pomme Dauphinois, green bean bundle, baby carrot, roasted radish and acorn squash bordelaise or Herb Creamed Spinach Stuffed portabella mushroom with steamed rice, green bean bundle, roasted vegetables baby carrot, acorn squash and radish in red pepper sauce. The delicious dessert was a Black Forest cheese cake with chocolate and vanilla sauce with a gold-flecked cherry garnish.

Alanna Sarabia, emcee for the evening, arrived wearing her glittering Fiesta Queen crown. As past reigning Miss San Antonio and Fiesta Queen, her platform was the importance of responsible pet ownership as well as spaying and neutering pets to curb overpopulation for the health and safety of the community. Ms. Sarabia spoke about the importance of pets in all our lives, remembering that pets were furry siblings as she grew up and an important part of her life ever since. She thanked guests for their support and partnership to help the SPCA of Texas rescue, heal, and find homes for abandoned and abused animals.

SPCA of Texas President and CEO, James Bias, welcomed guests, staff and volunteers, thanked sponsors and shared with guests the important work the SPCA of Texas is able to perform thanks to the community’s support, such as saving animals on a cruelty case like the 100 dogs we seized from a puppy mill the previous Monday, providing spay or neuter services to tens of thousands of pets in Southern Dallas and all of North Texas, and, most recently, saying yes to caring for over 600 animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Mr. Bias also thanked the SPCA of Texas’ board of directors for their guidance and spoke about how the SPCA of Texas’ staff, volunteers and partners are intently focused at all times on saving lives, making a difference and never resting until the organization makes our community a better place for people and their pets.

Mr. Bias and Katy Murray, SPCA of Texas Board Chair and Chief Financial Officer for A. H. Belo Corporation, presented the 2017 Spencer Humanitarian Award to the Dallas Morning News for their comprehensive, ongoing coverage of the loose dog problem and subsequent suffering of animals and people in Southern Dallas. James M. Moroney, Publisher of the Dallas Morning News and Chief Executive Officer of A.H. Belo, accepted the award, and was joined by several members of the editorial staff. The Spencer Humanitarian Award, named for warm-hearted entrepreneur and long-tenured, past SPCA of Texas Board member Mary Spencer, recognizes an individual, company or group whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals. The Dallas Morning News has and continues to shine a light on the heartbreaking issue of suffering on the part of people and pets taking place in the most underserved area in Dallas. Their coverage in no small part contributed to the subsequent funding of the largest-scale spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping effort in the nation to date by many of the most prominent charities in North Texas. Their voice, calling attention to animal issues, is loud, clear and unwavering, and the pets and people of North Texas are fortunate indeed for this.

Debra Burns, Senior Vice President for Development, wrapped up by thanking guests, and announcing a surprise $1 million gift from Russell E. Dealey. The SPCA of Texas is grateful for Mr. Dealey’s tremendous gift, and has re-named its Animal Rescue Center in Dallas the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center.

Guests then bid often and bid high on the evening’s nine fabulously over-the-top live auction items and “Pony Up for Paws” raise the paddle feature. High-rolling patrons won delicious dining experiences, glamorous getaways to Telluride and New York City, a decadent “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” spa and shopping package and more. The top three live auction items of the evening were all once-in-a-lifetime experiences. One of these was a two day, two night package for four to the world-renowned animal sanctuary, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, complete with personalized tours and more. Others were a getaway to Mountain Lodge in Telluride, Colorado and a fabulous Thanksgiving Day in New York, New York. 

Fur Ball 2017 then brought the high-voltage fun with headline entertainment by Dallas’ ultimate party band, Limelight. Guests rushed the dance floor and partied until after Midnight.

Fur Ball 2017 was a tail-wagging success thanks to chair Cindy Lindsley; auction chair Sandra Fite; auction co-chair Cameron Gummer; co-chairs Laura Floyd, Allie Jarvie and Jennifer Lindsley; and event emcee Alanna Sarabia. The evening’s production was provided by Nomad Productions. Photographer for the evening was Bret Redman.

The SPCA of Texas sincerely thanks special partners, including Diamond sponsor: Russell E. Dealey; Sapphire sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Lydia and Bill Addy, Colin and Sandra Fite, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, H/3 Foundation, Northern Trust, Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones and Sewell Automotive; Ruby sponsors: Dr Delphinium and Rebecca Farris; Emerald sponsors: Carla J. Brandt, Linda and Ozzie Chapa, Dr. Loren Glasser and Jill Bee, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Holly and Philip Huffines, Ty and Nancy Merelli, Milagro Tequila, Thompson & Knight Foundation, Come from Away – A New Musical and Webb Family Foundation; Corporate Royal Gem sponsors: AG&E Structural Engenuity, Alliance Insurance, Cityvet, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Hollywood Feed, Merck Animal Health, Heineken, OrangeTheory Fitness, Origin Bank, PBK, RKD Group, Swiss Avenue Women’s Guild, Tejas Ranch & Game Fence, VCA Animal Hospitals, Vinson and Elkins LLP and Whole Foods Market; Media Sponsors: Modern Luxury Magazine and Slingshot.

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Trevor and Jenny Rees-Jones, David and Margaret Rees-Jones, Russell E. Dealey and the extended Dealey family, James and Barbara Moroney, Sally Anne Hudnall, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Lynn McBee, Lawrence and Katy Bock, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Gigi Potter Salley, Phillip and Holly Huffines, Beth and Steve Jarvie, Peter and Lynn Dauterman, Meredith Perot, Peter Addie, Kirsten Burns, Dr. Loren Glasser and Jill Bee, Linda and Ozzie Chapa, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gray, Katy Murray, Judy Davis, Gus Hinojosa, Teresa and Chic Henderson, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Kelly Thompson, Dr. Rocky McKelvey, David and Carolyn Kubes, Pam Ragon, Danny Tobey and Bill Driscoll.

Fur Ball is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2017 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals. 

Next year’s event is already in the works. Fur Ball 2018 will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday, September 22, 2018, which is the SPCA of Texas’ 80th anniversary of receiving its charter.  

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Fur Ball Patron Party.jpg (L-R): Cameron Gummer, Sandra Fite, Cindy Lindsley. Photography credit: Thomas Garza Photography

Fur Ball 2017 Patron Party
Hosted by Amy and Malone Mitchell
4321 St. Johns Drive
Dallas, Texas 75205
Wednesday, September 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.?

In the golden glow of the late summer sunset on Wednesday, September 20, in the heart of Highland Park, patrons and friends gathered at the home of Amy and Malone Mitchell to celebrate the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2017, Reigning Cats and Dogs. Guests sipped champagne, wine and the signature drink for the evening, the Meow Margarita featuring Milagro Tequila, as they chatted with excited anticipation about the upcoming gala.

Guests were serenaded by pianist Kevin Sutton as they toured the Mitchell’s stunning mansion and lush grounds.

An overabundant table of savories were enjoyed, including chicken quesadillas; chili con queso and roasted pepper salsa; towers of cheese, crackers and charcuterie plates; mountains of summer vegetables with red pepper and spinach hummus; herbed chicken lollipops and prime rib bites. Delightful desserts included decadent chocolate mousse shots and chocolate-covered roasted marshmallows. The evening's sublime food was provided by Wendy Krispin Catering.

As the evening wound down, words of appreciation filled the air. Alex Winslow, Wealth Strategist from Northern Trust, Patron Party Sponsor, thanked friends, patrons and SPCA of Texas staff for their partnership, and celebrated helping to find all of the animals a “Fur Ball forever home.” James Bias, SPCA of Texas President and CEO, thanked Northern Trust for their partnership, thanked Chair Cindy Lindsley, Auction Chair Sandra Fite, the Fur Ball Host Committee and Auction Committee for their amazing work to make this year’s event a stunning success. He also thanked all Fur Ball patrons for helping the organization “to say yes to helping animals, whether we’re saving an animal on a cruelty case, providing spay or neuter services to pets in Southern Dallas and most recently, saying yes to caring for over 600 animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.” Board Member Stacey Kivowitz praised the public for the fantastic response to the need of animals and their people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Debra Burns, Sr. Vice President for Development thanked the SPCA of Texas’ staff, Board of Directors and all Fur Ball committees and sponsors and invited everyone to, “Get your dance cards ready and your dancing shoes on!”

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Russell Dealey, Lynn McBee, Diane and Hal Brierley, Katy Murray, Alanna Sarabia, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Gloria Snead, Steve and Marty Scruggs, Krista Tankersley, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, David and Carolyn Kubes, Karen Urie, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Kristen Greenberg, Linda Chapa, Sanjay and Ann Agrawal and Deb Goldstein.

Fur Ball 2017, Reigning Cats and Dogs, will be held on Saturday, September 30 at the Omni Dallas Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.furballdallas.com

Fur Ball 2017 is sure to be a tail-wagging success thanks to chair Cindy Lindsley; auction chair Sandra Fite; auction co-chair Cameron Gummer; co-chairs Laura Floyd, Allie Jarvie and Jennifer Lindsley; and event emcee Alanna Sarabia.

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for tens of thousands of animals each year. 

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50% of Chipotle Fundraiser Sales from the DFW Area on September 19 Will Benefit the SPCA of Texas

(DALLAS/MCKINNEY, TX); September 18, 2017 -- The SPCA of Texas and Chipotle Mexican Grill are partnering to support animal welfare in North Texas. Chipotle will be donating half of all Dallas-Fort Worth-area restaurant fundraiser sales on Tuesday, September 19 to the SPCA of Texas, the leading, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization in North Texas. The fundraiser provides a way for supporters of the SPCA of Texas to raise money for the organization to support the mission of providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

“We take great pride in being the voice for animals who cannot speak for themselves,” said James Bias, President and CEO for the SPCA of Texas. “We’re excited to encourage DFW-area residents to help raise funds for the SPCA of Texas by grabbing lunch or dinner at Chipotle on September 19.”

There are three ways DFW residents can ensure 50 percent of their Chipotle purchase on Tuesday, September 19, benefits the SPCA of Texas:

  • Bring the fundraiser flyer in to the restaurant, and show it to the cashier.
  • Pull up a fundraiser flyer or social post using a phone, and show it to the cashier.
  • At checkout, tell the cashier you’re there to participate in the SPCA of Texas fundraiser.

Plus, meet your next four-legged best friend at Chipotle at 11613 N Central Expy Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75243. The SPCA of Texas' mobile adoption team will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All pets are only $25 to adopt! Adoptions fees includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older and a FIV/FeLV test for cats 4 months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of free PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies tag and a free leash. 

For more information about Chipotle, including how to find the restaurant nearest you, visit www.chipotle.com.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that prepares its food using no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,300 restaurants. For more information, visit www.Chipotle.com


ABOUT THE SPCA OF TEXAS

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit organization operates two shelters, an animal rescue center, three spay/neuter clinics and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For more information, visit www.spca.org.

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SPCA OF TEXAS
(214) 742-SPCA * FAX (214) 461-1801

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
and Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212

Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive, Dallas, TX 75224

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
and Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070