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Animal lovers and their special pals raise a record $700,000 for SPCA at gala

Animal lovers and special pals raise record $700,000 for SPCA at gala

Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Patricia E. Mercer, Maggie, Annabelle
Patricia E. Mercer with Maggie and Annabelle. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Zane Carruth, Brady Carruth
Houston SPCA gala chairs Zane and Brady Carruth.  Courtesy of Houston SPCA
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Kay Stevens, Steve Stevens
Steve and Kay Stevens. Courtesy of Houston SPCA
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Carroll Ray, Hugh Ray
Carroll and Hugh Ray. Courtesy of Houston SPCA
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Kitten dressed to party
SPCA kitten is dressed for partying. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
News, Shelby, SPCA gala, April 2015, Brittany Clark, Adam Clark
Brittany and Adam Clark. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Sharon Schmalz
Wildlife Center of Texas' Sharon Schmalz gets friendly with an Easter Screech Owl. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich.  Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Dr. Mark Van Ness, Carla Knobloch, Brian Smyth and Kathy Smyth
Dr. Mark Van Ness, from left, Carla Knobloch, Brian Smyth and Kathy Smyth. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Doug Pitcock
Doug Pitcock.  Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Patricia E. Mercer, Maggie, Annabelle
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Zane Carruth, Brady Carruth
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Kay Stevens, Steve Stevens
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Carroll Ray, Hugh Ray
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Kitten dressed to party
News, Shelby, SPCA gala, April 2015, Brittany Clark, Adam Clark
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Sharon Schmalz
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Dr. Mark Van Ness, Carla Knobloch, Brian Smyth and Kathy Smyth
Houston, Shelby, SPCA Gala, April 2015, Doug Pitcock

What: Houston SPCA "Animals' Best Friend Gala."

Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa.

The 411: Zane and Brady Carruth chaired the event that raised a record of more than $700,000 for the non-profit that gives orphaned, abused and neglected animals a second chance at life. 

More than 300 animal lovers were on hand to help raise the funds and pay tribute to the honorees — State Rep. Jessica Farrar, Doug Pitcock, Carroll Robertson Ray, Kay and Steve Stevens and Barbara and former President George H. W. Bush, the latter of whom were unable to attend.

Veteran radio journalist and animal lover Lana Hughes served as emcee for the program that included a presentation by Houston SPCA president Patricia E. Mercer.

Who: Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Brittany and Adam Clark, Kathy and Brian Smyth, Carla Knobloch, Dr. Mark Van Ness, Hugh Ray, Doug Pitcock, one well-dressed kitten and a Western screech owl.