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Fur Ball 2015 Chairs Katy Murray, Jocelyn White & Stacey Kivowitz

The view was magnificent from Stacey and Don Kivowitz's penthouse in the heart of the Park Cities for the SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball 2015 Patron Party, held on Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A stunning sunset lit downtown Dallas with a gentle glow while patrons sipped lychee martinis, champagne, wine and cocktails and chatted with excitement about the upcoming gala while being serenaded by pianist Erik Barns.

A bounty of egg rolls, pot stickers, sushi, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons and chocolate truffles were served. The evening's suburb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events.

As the evening wound down, words of appreciation filled the air. Don Kivowitz thanked the evening's sponsor, Northern Trust, for their gracious support. Mark Flagg, President of Northern Trust, waxed poetic in celebration of the special bond between people and their pets. SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias thanked the Kivowitz's, Northern Trust and the Fur Ball's three chairs: Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray and Jocelyn White.

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Katy Murray, Jocelyn White, Karen Urie, Kelly Thompson, Don Short, Michelle and John Krick, Mark Flagg, Leslie Tipping, Marsha and Richard Gray, Cassie Evans Decker and Carol Nelson.

Fur Ball 2015, You Only Live Twice, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the Omni Dallas Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.spca.org/furball2015.

Fur Ball Co-Chairs Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray and Jocelyn White and the Fur Ball committee will make this a gala to remember. The Honorary Co-Chairs for Fur Ball 2015 are Janelle & Larry Friedman, Jan Miller & Jeff Rich and Lynn & Allan McBee. The Fur Ball 2015 committee includes Artists for Animals: Craighead Green Gallery; Athlete for Animals: Craig Ludwig – Dallas Stars; Underwriting Chair: Claire Collins Schwarz; Underwriting Committee Members: Joyce Fox and Stephanie Fox; Auction Chair: Nicole Rosenblum; Auction Co-Chair: Mary Elizabeth Kappes; and Auction Committee Members: Phyllis Comu, Lona Crabb, Sandra Fite, Lezlie Goad, Cindy Lindsley, Kelly Thompson, Denise Wallace and Lane Wells.

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for more than 50,000 animals each year.

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James Bias, Phyllis Comu, Mary Spencer (one of the Honorary Chairs for Paws Cause 20th Anniversary), Russell Dealey

On Sunday, June 14, the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 20th Anniversary Celebration at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center brought more than 300 animal lovers together to benefit the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair. The event attendees were welcomed with elegantly tropical décor, beautiful sunshine, bright flowers and puppies galore.

Inside, guests enjoyed gourmet burger sliders and a mashed potato bar, imbibed luscious libations--including the signature Whiskerita and the Tailwagging Rum Punch, danced the night away to classic rock hits played by The British are Coming, took part in the Bone Appetite drawing and had their pictures snapped at a fun photo booth. The Silent Auction tempted attendees with fine art, spa treatments, pet care products, travel packages, delicious wines, fine jewelry and more. Celebrity Chef Blythe Beck offered a very special silent auction package that included five-course chef tasting dinner for eight.

Paws Cause 2015 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Event Chair Phyllis Comu and Committee Members Andie Comini, Gianna DePaul, Kristen Greenberg, Mary Lozano, Kassira McKee, Christina Miller, Kerry Sullivan, Linda Walters, Mindy Wood and Karen Urie.

The event raised more than $180,000 for the SPCA of Texas Clinic at Village Fair. These much-needed funds will help provide more than 11,000 free and low cost surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2015.

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. The compassionate, mission-minded volunteers of Paws Cause have been assisting the SPCA of Texas for a total of more than 20 years, and their work has saved thousands of lives.

Attendees included hosts Phyllis and CJ Comu, Presenting Sponsor Russell E. Dealey, Jan Rees-Jones, SPCA of Texas Board Chair Jocelyn White, Ellen and Don Winspear, Diane and Hal Brierley, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Marsha and Richard Gray, Mary and Skip Trimble, Hillary Hurst and Mark Schwarz, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Mary Spencer, Holly Forsythe, Katy Murray, Celebrity Chef Blythe Beck and SPCA of Texas President James Bias. 

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Phyllis Comu (Paws Cause Chair), James Bias (SPCA of Texas President & CEO), Faye Briggs. Photo credit: Kristina Bowman Photography.

Paws Cause honorees and supporters gathered at the stunning home of Faye Briggs on Wednesday, May 27 for the Paws Cause 20th Anniversary Patron Party. Guests enjoyed divine hors d’oeuvres such as savory sliders, delicate puff pastries and sweets galore thanks to Abraham Salum and Salum Restaurant and lively libations--Champagne and wine--thanks to Bryan Bush & Mindy Wood. DJ John Wright, AKA DJ-DUB SOUNDZ spun mellow tunes on the gorgeous, sunset-lit patio as guests strolled around enjoying the evening.

Event chairs Phyllis Comu, SPCA of Texas President & CEO James Bias and SPCA of Texas Senior Vice President of Development Debra Burns welcomed and thanked guests for their support. 

Guests included Russell E. Dealey, Katy Murray, Doris Jacobs, Joyce Fox, Tricia Sims, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Kathy Vieth, Carmen Surgent, Gigi Miller, Dina Miller, Mary Spencer, Holly Forsythe and Cassie Evans Decker with her precious daughter Hattie Pearl Decker.

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, June 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. All money raised through Paws Cause 2015 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair to help provide more than 11,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2015. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.org.

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The gorgeous and well-heeled mingled with the latest pumps, platforms and peep-toes at the Jimmy Choo boutique at Highland Park Village in Dallas on Wednesday, May 20. And it was all to benefit the SPCA of Texas in partnership with this year’s Paws Cause 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fur Ball 2015. Delectable hors d’oeuvres and bubbly prosecco refreshed attendees as they browsed Jimmy Choo’s 2015 pre fall collection and the debut of a capsule collection of accessories created by artist Rafael Mantesso, starring his own Bull Terrier named Jimmy Choo.           

Jimmy Choo donated a portion of the proceeds from purchases at the event to the SPCA of Texas. Special thanks to Jimmy Choo and boutique manager Catherine Kemp for hosting the party. 

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, June 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. All money raised through Paws Cause 2015 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair to help provide more than 11,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2015. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.org.

Paws Cause 2015 is shaping up to be a tremendous success, thanks to Event Chair, Phyllis Comu. The event committee includes Andie Comini, Gianna DePaul, Kristen Greenberg, Mary Lozano, Kassira McKee, Christina Miller, Kerry Sullivan, Linda Walters, Mindy Wood and Karen Urie. To celebrate its 20th year, Paws Cause is recognizing past Event and Honorary Chairs. The Honorary Chairs include: Jane Arrington, Rebecca & Jim Belew, Diane & Hal Brierley, Andie Comini, Terry Cook & Steve Yevich, Wynne McNabb Cunningham, Cassie Evans Decker, Barbara & Steve Durham, Gwen Echols, Holly Forsythe, Janelle & Larry Friedman, Gemma Galeoto, Brenda Gray, Claire Heymann, Hillary Hurst, Susan Jones, Whitney Keltch, Stacey & Don Kivowitz, Lynn Knox, Ann Marcus, T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens, Sarah Potter *dearly missed, Martha & Larry Powell, Melinda & William Rathke, Gigi & Roy Salley, Mary Spencer, Mary & “Skip” Trimble, Karen Urie, Karol Wilson, Cheryl Wyly.           

All money raised through Paws Cause will go directly to the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair to help provide more than 11,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2015.

Fur Ball 2015, You Only Live Twice, will be held on Saturday, September 19 at the Omni Dallas Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.spca.org/furball2015.

Fur Ball Co-Chairs Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray and Jocelyn White and the Fur Ball committee will make this a gala to remember. The Honorary Co-Chairs for Fur Ball 2015 are Janelle & Larry Friedman, Jan Miller & Jeff Rich and Lynn & Allan McBee. The Fur Ball 2015 committee includes Fur Ball Underwriting Chair: Claire Collins Schwarz; Underwriting Committee Members: Joyce Fox and Stephanie Fox; Auction Chairman: Nicole Rosenblum; Auction Co-Chairman: Mary Elizabeth Kappes; and committee members: Lona Crabb, Sandra Fite, Lezlie Goad, Morgan Souza, Kelly Thompson, Denise Wallace and Lane Wells.

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for more than 50,000 animals each year.         

Attendees included Phyllis Comu, Katy Murray, Stacey Kivowitz, Jenny Anchondo, Tricia Sims, Carmen Surgent, Joyce Fox, Holly Forsythe, Kerry Sullivan, Leslie Eastwood, Cathy Vieth, Camille Umland, Dan Pritchett, Doug and Nida Hamblin, Carol Nelson, Caroline Nelson, Annette Crow, Doris Jacobs and J. Faridy Cocco, MD.

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SPCA of Texas Announces Debra Burns, New Senior Vice President of Development

(DALLAS, TX; October 22, 2014)—The SPCA of Texas is pleased to announce that Debra Burns joined the non-profit animal welfare organization as Senior Vice President of Development on October 13, 2014.

Mrs. Burns brings a life-long experience in development at major public and private research universities and healthcare institutions, in particular the execution of comprehensive campaigns and creation of million-dollar relationships. She also brings an exceedingly high-level of proven expertise in foundation management, leadership engagement, major and planned gifts and extensive experience with governing boards, donors and staff.

“It is a privilege to represent the SPCA of Texas and to build upon its success to date,” Mrs. Burns said. “I look forward to developing financial resources for the future so more animals in North Texas will receive exceptional care and a loving home.”

Prior to joining the SPCA of Texas, Mrs. Burns, a Dallas resident since 2004, served 10 years as a Director of Development for the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics where she stewarded that University’s largest gift ($15 million), raised an additional $10 million endowment, and developed sustainable corporate relationships that resulted in the 10-year renewal of a six-figure annual operating revenue stream. Those successes were preceded by her execution and direction of an endowment campaign for the college that resulted in securing six and seven figure gifts launching the foundation for the University’s successful $250 million comprehensive campaign. In addition, as Special Assistant to the President, Debra’s establishment and direction of best practices for board operations, development and management of a 44-member advisory board and six task forces resulted in increased public and private funding for the University. Debra’s extended resume of development career accomplishments all over the U.S. includes consistent achievement of goals, building long-term relationships, highly successful experience in operations and new construction projects, strategic planning, new revenue-producing programs, and annual special events.

“Debra's strong ethics and passion for the SPCA of Texas mission are immediately evident and she is a wonderful addition to our organization,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas President.

Mrs. Burns holds a B.S. Business Administration (Marketing/Economics) from The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut and an M.A. Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Bar Association and active community volunteer.

Mrs. Burns resides in Highland Park with her family and cats Al, Lexus and Boone.