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No kill shelter raises $450,000 in a River Oaks art night for animals — with Milo Hamilton's help

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Meredith Wierick, from left, Gaby Quiroz and Sara Arola at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Meredith Wierick, from left, Gaby Quiroz and Sara Arola at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Susan Pennebaker, left, and Susan Bickley at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Susan Pennebaker, left, and Susan Bickley at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Milo Hamilton at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Milo Hamilton at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Don Sanders and Salise Shuttlesworth at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Don Sanders and Salise Shuttlesworth at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Scott and Soraya McClelland, from left, with Jamie and Theresa Hildreth at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Scott and Soraya McClelland, from left, with Jamie and Theresa Hildreth at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Peter and Calia Pettigrew, from left, with Lizzie Jones at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Peter and Calia Pettigrew, from left, with Lizzie Jones at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Matt and Jillian Kata, from left, with Allison and Reese Ryan at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Matt and Jillian Kata, from left, with Allison and Reese Ryan at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
John Whitmire at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
State Sen. John Whitmire at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Christie Miller, left, and Allison Sabans at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Christie Miller, left, and Allison Sabans at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Chris Deas and Marja Smith at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Chris Deas and Marja Smith at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Ben and Anna Morrison at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Ben and Anna Morrison at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Anne Fant at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Anne Fant at the Friends for Life Gala. Photo by Roy Krisanto
crowd, venue at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Photo by Roy Krisanto
Meredith Wierick, from left, Gaby Quiroz and Sara Arola at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Susan Pennebaker, left, and Susan Bickley at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Milo Hamilton at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Don Sanders and Salise Shuttlesworth at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Scott and Soraya McClelland, from left, with Jamie and Theresa Hildreth at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Peter and Calia Pettigrew, from left, with Lizzie Jones at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Matt and Jillian Kata, from left, with Allison and Reese Ryan at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
John Whitmire at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Christie Miller, left, and Allison Sabans at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Chris Deas and Marja Smith at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Ben and Anna Morrison at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
Anne Fant at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013
crowd, venue at the Friends for Life Gala October 2013

Cajun artist George Rodrigue once again shared his talents with Friends for Life and helped the no kill shelter bring in a whopping $450,000 during its "Night of Art for the Animals" at River Oaks Country Club. That high figure was thanks to a major fan who underwrote the entire cost of the evening.

An original of the artist's famed Blue Dog character, painted especially for the non-profit, brought in $45,000. In a further gesture on behalf of homeless animals, Rodrigue gifted each table holder and major sponsor with an autographed print of one of his iconic works.

Susan Pennebaker and Susan Bickley chaired the festive fundraiser that saw close to 500 partygoers not only get into the spirit by bidding heavily in the silent auction but also wave their rainbow of dinner napkins in the air as The Three Waiters (surprise entertainment) inspired them with a light operatic performance.

Legendary voice of the Houston Astros Milo Hamilton served as honorary chair. Joining him on the program were Friends for Life executive director Salise Shuttlesworth and State Sen. John Whitmire.

The party crowd included Don Sanders, Halina Dodd, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Ruth Ryan, Allison and Reese Ryan, Theresa and Jamie Hildreth, Carolyn Levy, Pokey Bolton, Angelica Sinisi and Christine Holland. 

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