Friday night's "Fierce & Fabulous" Pet Set Gala was 911 rescue dog Bretagne's final public appearance, making this September 11 event especially poignant. And it made Bretagne even more of a star with scores of otherwise sophisticated partygoers giddily lining up for selfies with the lounging golden retriever.
While some might have worried that the revered dog in declining health would upstage the evening's honoree, Jan Duncan, they need not have worried. Duncan's heartfelt remarks on the comfort and unconditional love given by pets and her personal story of her rescue dog and two cats warmed the hearts of all in the sellout crowd of 400.
On this night, the Astorian enjoyed an energy not often seen at charity galas as the cocktail-attired crowd rallied enthusiastically for the all-volunteer non-profit which contributes funds to a number of animal protection and rescue agencies.
The gala was in the dedicated hands of Pet Set co-presidents, identical twins Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist and Patti Murphy, the latter unable to attend due to a car accident.
On hand were many dedicated animal activists in the mix including newlyweds Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla, Paula Mott, Dr. Roland Maldonado and philanthropist Don Sanders, who shared photos of his seven cats including the remarkable Shelby, a feline with 26 toes.
Among those feasting on the multi-course meal from Cordua Catering were District Attorney Devon Anderson, Angelica and Ed Chapman, Nancy Morrison, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Rania Mankarious, Edward Sanchez, John Evatz, Judy Nichols, Debbie Festari and Rob Rutherford.