DEK The SPCA Fur Ball Leads Example Of Largesse
By Cynthia Smoot Photography by Thomas Garza Photography and Bret Redman
The SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2016, with the theme of Shedding Light on Their Future recently occurred at the Omni Dallas hotel. The black-tie evening included dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions for 1,200 guests. A three-piece combo from Limelight jazzed it up as a whole passel of puppies from the SPCA of Texas’ iFoster program romped as they were cooed over and petted by the glittering guests. Mary Spencer presented the 2016 recipient of the Spencer Humanitarian Award to Karen Urie and competition was fierce at the over 300-item silent auction.
Fur Ball 2016 was a tail-wagging success thanks to honorary chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock & Jeremy Lock, Anne & Steve Stodghill and Drs. Wendy & John Vandermeer; chair Phyllis Comu; co-chair Kristen Greenberg; auction chair Sandra Fite. Elegantly clad guests walked the purple carpet and chatted with M.C. and Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken and Steve Kemble about everything from what they were wearing to why supporting the animals is so important. The event brought the high-voltage fun that continued with guests who rushed the dance floor and partied under a stunning, purple-lit chandelier that twinkled like a thousand stars until beyond midnight.
Fur Ball 2016 raised more than $510,000 to help the SPCA of Texas serve 50,000 animals and their people in 2016 and beyond. SPCA of Texas President and CEO Mary Spencer presented the 2016 recipient of the Spencer Humanitarian Award to Karen Urie. James Bias shared with guests the important work the SPCA of Texas will be bringing to South Dallas in the future to help transform the community for people and animals, improving public safety and providing for the welfare of animals. 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.