Serious Puppy Love

Dallas big dogs raise more than a few bones for SPCA at Fur Ball 2015

Dallas big dogs raise more than a few bones for SPCA at Fur Ball 2015

James Bias, Natalie Bias, Jocelyn White, Micki Rawlings, Mayor Mike Rawlings
James Bias, Natalie Bias, Jocelyn White, Micki Rawlings, Mayor Mike Rawlings Photo by Jerry McClure
Fred Ndavi, Trevor Rees-Jones, Jenny Rees-Jones, Margaret Flemming, David Rees-Jones, Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix-Vaubois
Fred Ndavi, Trevor Rees-Jones, Jenny Rees-Jones, Margaret Flemming, David Rees-Jones, Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix Photo by Jerry McClure
Melissa Vullo Bell, LeeAnne Locken
Melissa Vullo Bell, LeeAnne Locken Photo by Jerry McClure
Jocelyn White, Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray, Phyllis Comu
Jocelyn White, Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray, Phyllis Comu Photo by Jerry McClure
Doris Jacobs, Joyce Fox
Doris Jacobs, Joyce Fox Photo by Jerry McClure
Danny and Judith Tobey, Larry and Janelle Friedman
Danny Tobey, Judith Tobey, Larry Friedman, Janelle Friedman Photo by Jerry McClure
 Jordan and Erin Leu
Jordan Leu, Erin Leu Photo by Jerry McClure
Brian Miller, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Mark Soto
Brian Miller, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Mark Soto Photo by Jerry McClure
Phil Romano, Deborah Westergaard
Phil Romano, Deborah Westergaard Photo by Jerry McClure
 Mary Spencer, Kelly Thompson, James Bias
Mary Spencer, Kelly Thompson, James Bias Photo by Jerry McClure
 Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix-Vaubois
Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix-Vaubois Photo by Jerry McClure
Phoenix
Phoenix the dog. Photo by Jerry McClure
Fur Ball 2015
The 2015 Fur Ball at Omni Dallas was a success. Photo by Jerry McClure
James Bias, Natalie Bias, Jocelyn White, Micki Rawlings, Mayor Mike Rawlings
Fred Ndavi, Trevor Rees-Jones, Jenny Rees-Jones, Margaret Flemming, David Rees-Jones, Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix-Vaubois
Melissa Vullo Bell, LeeAnne Locken
Jocelyn White, Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray, Phyllis Comu
Doris Jacobs, Joyce Fox
Danny and Judith Tobey, Larry and Janelle Friedman
 Jordan and Erin Leu
Brian Miller, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Mark Soto
Phil Romano, Deborah Westergaard
 Mary Spencer, Kelly Thompson, James Bias
 Janie Clarke, Chris de la Croix-Vaubois
Phoenix
Fur Ball 2015

More than 800 guests got gussied up for Fur Ball 2015 at the Omni Dallas, a James Bond-inspired evening dedicated to their favorite four-legged friends. Themed "You Only Live Twice," attendees warned their pet sitters that this would be a late night of dinner, dancing, and donating to a purr-fect cause.

For starters, the Kaminari Taiko Japanese drumming ensemble welcomed guests — including Mayor Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Phil Romano, Andrea Alcorn, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, LeeAnne Locken, Doris Jacobs, Cassie Evans, Robert Frierson, Eric Johnson, and Becky and Greg Fisher — while they made their way up to the party.

With lychee martinis in hand, people outbid one another in a competitive 300-item silent auction. But the real stars of the cocktail hour were the two litters of puppies from the SPCA of Texas' iFoster program. You've gotta appreciate animal lovers willing to get on all fours while dressed in formal attire so they can play with some pups.

To begin the program, mistress of ceremonies Gloria Campos and co-chair Jocelyn White welcomed everyone to the party. Guests also heard from SPCA of Texas president and CEO James Bias, who shared a touching rescue story involving Phoenix the dog.

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Phoenix and his adoptive family came onstage, and in a funny moment, the playful pooch kissed his parents and then rolled over for a belly rub.

Also as part of the program, Kelly Thompson received the 2015 Spencer Humanitarian Award, which is given each year to an individual, company, or group whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals. Thompson, a SPCA of Texas volunteer, former board member, and Ebby Halliday Realtor, is a true friend to animals.

After the live auction, the party really got revved up with Haute Chile, the Vanity Fair Oscar Party band from Los Angeles that has performed with Elton John, Ringo Starr, and Christina Aguilera. It's safe to say that event chairs Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray, and White outdid themselves this year and surely made their pets very proud.

Fur Ball 2015 raised $450,000 to help SPCA of Texas rescue, heal, and find homes for more than 50,000 animals. The organization encourages you to mark your calendars for September 24, 2016, as Phyllis Comu and Kristen Greenberg chair Fur Ball 2016.