Fur Ball Fun

SPCA friends gather in fancy fashion to make fundraising goals PAWSsible

SPCA friends gather in fancy fashion to make fundraising PAWSsible

Kelly Thompson, James Bias and Fur Ball 2014 Co Chair Katy Murray
Kelly Thompson, James Bias, Katy Murray Photo by Steve Foxall
Julie Wellborn, Melissa Rountree  and Cynthia Smoot, Fur Ball 2014
Julie Wellborn, Melissa Rountree, Cynthia Smoot Photo by Steve Foxall
Janelle and Larry Friedman , Fur Ball 2014
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman Photo by Steve Foxall
Mary Spencer,  Holly Forsythe and James Bias, Fur Ball
Mary Spencer, Holly Forsythe, James Bias Photo by Steve Foxall
Lisa Newman, Ron Miglini and Stacy & Don Kivowitz, Fur Ball
Lisa Newman, Ron Miglini, Stacy Kivowitz, Don Kivowitz Photo by Steve Foxall
uzanne Humann, Amy Darrow, Jan Rees-Jones, Toni Shepard, Sue Muller and Valerie Jones, 2014 Fur Ball
Suzanne Humann, Amy Darrow, Jan Rees-Jones, Toni Shepard, Sue Muller, Valerie Jones Photo by Steve Foxall
Jasper, 2014 Fur Ball
Jasper, along with his friend Bailey, stole the show at the 2014 Fur Ball. Photo by Steve Foxall
Jeff Rich and Jan Miller, fur ball 2014
Jeff Rich, Jan Miller Photo by Steve Foxall
SPCA of Texas Board Chair Jocelyn White, fur ball 2014
Jocelyn White Photo by Steve Foxall
Laura Rogers, Nicole Bulcher, Kelly Garrison and Jeff King, SPCA Fur Ball
Laura Rogers, Nicole Bulcher, Kelly Garrison, Jeff King Photo by Steve Foxall
Kelly Thompson, James Bias and Fur Ball 2014 Co Chair Katy Murray
Julie Wellborn, Melissa Rountree  and Cynthia Smoot, Fur Ball 2014
Janelle and Larry Friedman , Fur Ball 2014
Mary Spencer,  Holly Forsythe and James Bias, Fur Ball
Lisa Newman, Ron Miglini and Stacy & Don Kivowitz, Fur Ball
uzanne Humann, Amy Darrow, Jan Rees-Jones, Toni Shepard, Sue Muller and Valerie Jones, 2014 Fur Ball
Jasper, 2014 Fur Ball
Jeff Rich and Jan Miller, fur ball 2014
SPCA of Texas Board Chair Jocelyn White, fur ball 2014
Laura Rogers, Nicole Bulcher, Kelly Garrison and Jeff King, SPCA Fur Ball

More than 650 animal lovers packed the Omni Dallas hotel for a Mission Impossible-inspired “Mission PAWSsible” event — more commonly known as the 2014 Fur Ball benefiting the SPCA of Texas.

The evening began with a warm welcome from co-chairs Katy Murray and Kelly Thompson, some cocktails and appetizers, and a chance to bid on silent auction items. Then it was dinnertime, so attendees — including Jeff Rich, Jan Miller, Lisa Newman, Ron Miglini, Stacy and Don Kivowitz, Katherine Coker, Cynthia Smoot, and Melissa Rountree — scooted to the Omni ballroom.

There master of ceremonies and SPCA of Texas board chair Jocelyn White and SPCA of Texas president James Bias reminded everyone that the key to the success of this wonderful organization is its wonderful supporters. They also presented the 2014 Spencer Humanitarian Award, with help from Mary Spencer, to Holly Forsythe, whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals.

Supporters even got a visit from Jasper, the adorable German shepherd puppy that was recently adopted.

As dinner wound down, the live auction revved up, with such packages as a relaxing weekend at Lake Austin Spa and Dallas Stars tickets. After the last item hit the block, guests met SPCA alumna Bailey, who was dressed in a pink tutu and attending the event with her new forever family. That, of course, tugged at the heartstrings of many and encouraged them to make monetary donations.

For those who wanted to continue the adrenaline rush of the auction, there were casino games. Partygoers spent the remainder of the evening at those tables and on the dance floor, getting down to the sounds of Think Big Party Band.

All proceeds from this year’s Fur Ball, nearly $450,000, helps the SPCA of Texas, the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, continue to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals in the coming year.