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Humane League lures animal advocates to first Dallas fundraising bash

Humane League lures animal advocates to first Dallas fundraising bash

Humane Hoedown
Nikki Dương Koenig, Eddie Garza, Irene Zhou Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston and Humane League director Ethan Dussault Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Honoree Rip Esselstyn Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Heather Cyphers, Zak Shelton Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Humane League volunteers Desiree Berger and Emerson Ailidh Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown

Christina Lissette Bluford, Chris Hart, Leah Weis, Rebecca Falkowski, James Scott
Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Alicia Townsend, Monica Ailey, Joy Benson Photo by Sylvia Elfazon
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown
Humane Hoedown

Animal lovers and country-music fans alike convened at the Southwestern on Maple Avenue for the Humane Hearts Hoedown, a fundraiser and award presentation by the Humane League, an animal nonprofit organization celebrating its first year in Dallas.

Attendees line-danced to tunes spun by guest DJ Sara Tomerlin, while chef John Mercer laid out a meatless spread with hors d'oeuvre, chickn and waffles, vegan cupcakes, and cookies.

Humane League director Ethan Dussault presented the Humane Hero award to Rip Esselstyn, bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet. DallasVegan founder James Scott won an award for community leadership. University of North Texas graduate Alexandria Beck was acknowledged as "student activist of the year," and Mark McClure was awarded for "rookie of the year."

The Humane League is a nonprofit founded in 2005 that works to reduce cruelty to animals. The organization began in Philadelphia and now has offices in Boston, Maryland, Dallas, Charlotte, Seattle and San Francisco.

Sipping on Tallulah cocktails and noshing on vegan fare were Humane League founder David Coman-Hidy, Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston, Ken Botts, Monica Ailey, Alicia Townsend, Joy BensonNikki Dương Koenig, Eddie Garza and Irene Zhou.