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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 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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