Jessica Benavides
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Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography Karen Urie, Susie Swanson

It was an intimate and relaxed evening for the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause kick-off party at Ralph Lauren on Wednesday, December 5. Guests of Paws Cause Chair, Susie Swanson, and SPCA of Texas supporters pulled their sweaters and jackets tight as they made their way into the warm, welcoming store, happily accepting glasses of champagne as they were ushered in from the cold.

Guests chatted and wandered throughout the store, enjoying the laidback ambiance of the quaint gathering, sipping on Pascal Jolivet’s Sancerre Blanc wine, and snacking on a selection of warm brie on croute with cranberry chutney, mini crumpets and mini apple pies with cinnamon and mini s’mores.

Sincere thanks to Ralph Lauren Manager, Curtis Gribble, and his exemplary, attentive staff for welcoming the cheerful crowd.

The event was held in support of the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 2019, Four Paws at a Time. The fun-filled evening, to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, will feature wonderful food from some of North Texas’ finest restaurants, libations, musical entertainment and of course a chance to mingle with some furry friends.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Paws Cause sponsors, including: Platinum Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, and Jack Knox; Diamond Sponsors: Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sally Ann Jalonik Hudnall, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Mary Spencer, and Mary and Skip Trimble; Gold Sponsor: Penny and Matt Patton; Silver Sponsors: Debra Burns, Whitney Keltch Green and Paul Green, Gigi Potter Sally, and The Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz; and Bronze Sponsors: Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Dealey Family Foundation, Durham Family Foundation, Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, and Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher.

All money raised through the generous kick-off party at Ralph Lauren and Paws Cause 2019 will benefit the SPCA of Texas' Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative, which provides free spay/neuter surgeries to 23 Southern Dallas zip codes, and the Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair, which provides low cost medical services.

Paws Cause supporters, sponsors and chairs and former chairs joined Susie Swanson, including Karen Urie, Penny Patton, Pat and Cindy Ford, Patti Hurst, Chris Hurst, John Bergner, Chuck Stewart, Durane Castleberry, Sharon Fancher and Betsy Orton, Athar Bhatti and Claire Schwarz.

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