Mission Accomplished for SPCA

SPCA of Texas raises nearly half a million bones at James Bond-themed Fur Ball

SPCA raises nearly half a million bones at James Bond-themed Fur Ball

Don Kivowit, Stacey Kivowitz, Jan Rees-Jones and Trevor Rees-Jones, Fur Ball
Don Kivowitz, Stacey Kivowitz, Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones Photo by Steve Foxall
Mike Mayer Rawlings, Mary Spencer, James Bias, Fur Ball
Mayor Mike Rawlings, Mary Spencer, James Bias Photo by Steve Foxall
Bridgette Garcia, Mark Soto, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Bridgette Garcia, Mark Soto, Rhonda Sargent Chambers Photo by Steve Foxall
Phyllis Glazer, Fur Ball
Phyllis Glazer Photo by Steve Foxall
Ron Corning, Kellie Raspberry, Mark Hopper, Jocelyn White, Fur Ball
Ron Corning, Kellie Rasberry, Mark Hopper, Jocelyn White Photo by Steve Foxall
Karen DeBoulle, Denis DeBoulle
Karen DeBoulle, Denis DeBoulle Photo by Steve Foxall
Karen Knobler, Rick Knobler, Holly Forsythe
Karen Knobler, Rick Knobler, Holly Forsythe Photo by Steve Foxall
Carol Lou Bruton, Lyn Barlow, Juan Ernesto Snead, Gloria Snead
Carol Lou Bruton, Lyn Barlow, Juan Ernesto Snead, Gloria Snead Photo by Steve Foxall
Madeline Dean, Fiona Pestellm Jody Dean
Madeline Dean, Fiona Pestell, Jody Dean Photo by Steve Foxall
Kevin Honig, Andrea Honig, Beth Thames, Davis Thames, Fur Ball
Kevin Honig, Andrea Honig, Beth Thames, David Thames Photo by Steve Foxall
Lori Jones, Mike Jones, Fur Ball
Lori Jones, Mike Jones Photo by Steve Foxall
Jacob Decker, Cassie Evans, Fur Ball
 Jacob Decker, Cassie Evans Photo by Steve Foxall
C.J. Comu, Phyllis Comu, Fur Ball
C.J. Comu, Phyllis Comu Photo by Steve Foxall
Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mickie Rawlings
Mayor Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings Photo by Steve Foxall
Katy Murray, Bradley Roberts, Fur Ball
Katy Murray, Bradley Roberts Photo by Steve Foxall
David Mahmood, Connie Mahmood, Fur Ball
David Mahmood, Connie Mahmood Photo by Steve Foxall
Ryan Beals, Becky Beals, Fur Ball
Ryan Beals, Becky Beals Photo by Steve Foxall
Eric Neef, Rebecca Neef, Fur Ball
Eric Neef, Rebecca Neef Photo by Steve Foxall
Ron Corning, Pamela Chao, Fur Ball
Ron Corning, Pamela Chao Photo by Steve Foxall
Santana Itis, Amy Itis, Fur Ball
Santana Iltis, Amy Iltis Photo by Steve Foxall
Wayne Baker, Haley Range
Wayne Baker, Haley Range Photo by Steve Foxall
Joan Rogers, Dr. Larry Rogers, Fur Ball
 Joan Rogers, Dr. Larry Rogers Photo by Steve Foxall
Morgan Souza, Travis Souza, Fur Ball
Morgan Souza, Travis Souza Photo by Steve Foxall
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman, Stacey Kiowitz, Fur Ball
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman, Stacey Kivowitz Photo by Steve Foxall
Arthur E. Benjamin, Bandit, Fur Ball
Arthur E. Benjamin, Bandit Photo by Steve Foxall
Linda Ivy, Steve Ivy, Fur Ball
Linda Ivy, Steve Ivy Photo by Steve Foxall
Lee Bailey, Ian Day, Leslie Crozier, Fur Ball
Lee Bailey, Ian Day, Leslie Crozier Photo by Steve Foxall
Don Kivowit, Stacey Kivowitz, Jan Rees-Jones and Trevor Rees-Jones, Fur Ball
Mike Mayer Rawlings, Mary Spencer, James Bias, Fur Ball
Bridgette Garcia, Mark Soto, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Phyllis Glazer, Fur Ball
Ron Corning, Kellie Raspberry, Mark Hopper, Jocelyn White, Fur Ball
Karen DeBoulle, Denis DeBoulle
Karen Knobler, Rick Knobler, Holly Forsythe
Carol Lou Bruton, Lyn Barlow, Juan Ernesto Snead, Gloria Snead
Madeline Dean, Fiona Pestellm Jody Dean
Kevin Honig, Andrea Honig, Beth Thames, Davis Thames, Fur Ball
Lori Jones, Mike Jones, Fur Ball
Jacob Decker, Cassie Evans, Fur Ball
C.J. Comu, Phyllis Comu, Fur Ball
Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mickie Rawlings
Katy Murray, Bradley Roberts, Fur Ball
David Mahmood, Connie Mahmood, Fur Ball
Ryan Beals, Becky Beals, Fur Ball
Eric Neef, Rebecca Neef, Fur Ball
Ron Corning, Pamela Chao, Fur Ball
Santana Itis, Amy Itis, Fur Ball
Wayne Baker, Haley Range
Joan Rogers, Dr. Larry Rogers, Fur Ball
Morgan Souza, Travis Souza, Fur Ball
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman, Stacey Kiowitz, Fur Ball
Arthur E. Benjamin, Bandit, Fur Ball
Linda Ivy, Steve Ivy, Fur Ball
Lee Bailey, Ian Day, Leslie Crozier, Fur Ball

More than 800 guests enjoyed a “license to thrill” at this year’s SPCA of Texas Fur Ball, themed “Diamonds are Fur-Ever,” held at the Omni Dallas hotel. Make no bones about it: This party, which celebrated the nonprofit’s 75th year, was buzzing with amazing energy that only animals lovers can generate.

Well-heeled attendees — including Kellie Rasberry, Mark Hopper, Jocelyn White, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Jacob Decker, Cassie Evans, Bridgette Garcia, Mark Soto, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Mary Spencer, James Bias, and Arthur E. Benjamin with his pup Bandit — dressed the part for this year’s James Bond theme to help support the biggest animal welfare agency in North Texas.

The evening started on an exceptionally high note, when the SPCA received a proclamation from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, designating September 21 “SPCA of Texas Day” in Dallas. Master of ceremonies Ron Corning told guests their mission was to “celebrate 75 years of love, care, hope, smiles, wags and purrs; to look back at how far our community has come; and to look forward with the SPCA of Texas to another 75 years of changing the lives of animals and the people who love them.”
 
Supporters sipped signature Fur Ball martinis and sat down to a scrumptious dinner in the ballroom. Did we mention there were puppies onsite? Yes, any party with puppies is bound to be a hit.
 
When the bites and auction bidding came to a close, 13-member band Professor D got everyone on their feet and onto the dance floor. But the fun didn't stop there; partygoers also got to test their luck at casino tables.
 
And we saved the best news for last: Previous Fur Ball fundraising records were busted wide open as committee members raised nearly $500,000 to help the SPCA of Texas serve 50,000 animals and their people.