Citizens For Animal Protection and PetSet Soirées Dazzle
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Kim Coffman and Fulton Davenport
THE SCENE: Whether gathering at the Bayou City Event Center (Bad to the Bone) or the Hotel Zaza ballroom (Fierce and Fabulous), the Houston philanthropic community has made it clear that animal love is firmly on its the radar. At the Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) “Bad to the Bone” event, guests clad in leather motorcycle gear strolled the catwalk with their dogs, then enjoyed a doggie kissing booth as part of the silent auction that captivated the guests. The PetSet soirée was truly “Fierce and Fabulous” lived up to its theme with amazing food, intense cocktails, a live auction, and late night dancing.
THE VIBE: Joyful and lively best describes the vibe of these events. What could you say about rooms full of revved-up animal lovers besides “My gosh, these Houstonians love their dogs”? They will spend their time, energy, and money to prove it. Whether at a trendy hotel dolled up in cocktail attire, or at an events center with pooches in tow dressed as biker gang outlaws, these animal loving partygoers know how to have fun while raising funds for canine causes.
THE CAUSE: While Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is most well known for their annual Celebrity Paws Gala in November, this Bad to the Bone runway event was held to contribute to the overwhelming need to raise funds during the dog days of summer. The Bad to the Bone event was chaired by Patti and Don Murphy, Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla, with honorary chairs Francie and Mike Willis. The honorees were Gaylon and Don Gullquist, and the Bad to the Bone award recipients were Lori and Darryl Schroeder. Animal lover and TV’s news anchor Deborah Duncan, emceed both events.
The PetSet soirée’s Fierce and Fabulous, was chaired by Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist, and John Evatz, with its honorees Debra and Mark Grierson. There were 275 guests and over $200,000 was raised, including funds form a live action in which a trip to Costa Rica that was bought by honoree Mark Grierson, donated back to PetSet, and then bought again by Tyson and co-chair Tena Faust. Houston PetSet is an umbrella organization that provides grants to animal welfare charities in Houston (including CAP among many others). The corporate sponsor was Momentum Porsche. DJ Senega was on the scene spinning tunes before the event, during the program and at the After Party that went until midnight.