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A fancy brunch goes to the dogs and Meals on Wheels for pets gets a major boost

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Mr. Huitt with Sergeant at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Mr. Huitt with Sergeant at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Tama Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust and Bruce Padilla at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Tama Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust and Bruce Padilla at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dominic Cellitti with Brady at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Dominic Cellitti with Pet of the Year Brady at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Michelle Mantor, left, and Alicia Smith at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Michelle Mantor, left, and Alicia Smith at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Wendy Phillips with Chanel and Lucy at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Wendy Phillips with Chanel and Lucy at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Laura Allen Welch and Gil Lizalde at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Laura Allen Welch and Gil Lizalde at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jessica Rossman, from left, Kim Padgett and Shelley Taylor Ludwick at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Jessica Rossman, from left, Kim Padgett and Shelley Taylor Ludwick at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Alan Stein, from left, Jacob Stein and Elizabeth Stein at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Alan Stein, from left, Jacob Stein and Elizabeth Stein at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Blake Barber with Milton at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Blake Barber with Milton at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Fatima Mawji, from left, Lauren Santerre and Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Fatima Mawji, from left, Lauren Santerre and Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mr. Huitt with Sergeant at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Tama Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust and Bruce Padilla at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Dominic Cellitti with Brady at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Michelle Mantor, left, and Alicia Smith at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Wendy Phillips with Chanel and Lucy at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Laura Allen Welch and Gil Lizalde at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Jessica Rossman, from left, Kim Padgett and Shelley Taylor Ludwick at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Alan Stein, from left, Jacob Stein and Elizabeth Stein at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Blake Barber with Milton at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014
Fatima Mawji, from left, Lauren Santerre and Bret Baccus with Rocco at the Best Friends Brunch February 2014

For a first-time effort, Best Friends Brunch did remarkably well, as one might expect when funds are being raised for friends of the four-legged variety. The fundraising was on behalf of aniMeals on Wheels, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston that provides support for the pets of Meals on Wheels seniors.

Animal lovers Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux chaired the event that included a number of pooches in the rooftop party space of the Sam Houston Hotel. Honored at the gathering, which raised $65,000, were identical twins who share a passion for animals — Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist. Elizabeth Stein and her daughter, Laura Stein, served as co-chairs.

The fun included a pet parade as pooches competed for aniMeals Pet of the Year status. Dominic Cellitti's canine, Brady the Super Dog, took top honors with Kim Padgett's Westie, Cassidy, coming in a close second.

Voting on their fave pooch and raising funds for aniMeals on Wheels were Ellie Francisco, Susan Boggio, Alan Stein, Hershey Grace, Kristy Phillips, Bubba McNeely, John Evatz, Alicia Smith, Kim Moody, Wendy Phillips and Patti and Don Murphy.

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