Between the dogs barking, the motorcycle engines roaring and Bubba McNeely singing, the decibel overload at the Bayou City Event Center could be described only as joyful. What else could you say about a room full of revved-up animal lovers, many with their pooches in tow, raising much-needed funds for Citizens for Animal Protection?
The biker vibe was a nod to the "Bad to the Bone" theme which inspired all manner of road hog attire. Leather chaps, tattoos and motorcycle jackets ruled. Aside from the floral centerpieces, the real decor of the night was provided by a half dozen bright and shiny motorcycles positioned around the party space. Oh, and then there was attorney Carolyn St. Clair, fetchingly costumed as Maleficent, who paraded through the lively scene with her winged (really) Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Leaders of the pack Patti and Don Murphy, Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla pulled the event together as a special effort to help CAP through the summer months, clearly the dog days of summer when funds and supplies run low and and the animal count runs high.
Taking bows on this night with the assistance of emcee Deborah Duncan were honorees Gaylon and Don Gullquist, honorary chairs Francie and Mike Willis and Bad to the Bone award recipients Lori and Darryl Schroeder, accompanied by Sharkey, wearing a Harley Davidson doggie cover. J&D Entertainment dancers ramped up the energy before the contestants strutted their stuff.
Costumed to the hilt and taking home first prize for their impressive biker garb were Tina and Sam Governale (strikingly handsome in his leather togs) and their pooches, Massimo (Imo) and Valentino (Ino). They paraded down the catwalk in a "fashion" competition that had the crowd of 200 oohing and ahhing as the four-legged procession was truly charming.
Among the parading pairs were Kim Padgett with her runway-savvy Cassidy, Tenenbaum & Co.'s Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield with Jackson, Jack Rains with Elvis, Dr. Rolando Maldonado with his Westie Dodger, Lindsay Beale with a CAP Shelter dog and Alex Martinez with his "cabana boys," Pedro and Pablo, fashionably dressed by Alex Blair.
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