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Pooch in a tutu and high-speed pet portraits excite Friends for Life gala with record crowd

Pooch in tutu, high-speed pet portraits excite Friends for Life gala

Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Christine McWilliams
Artist Dan Dunn, Christine McWilliams. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Senator John Whitmire, Don Sanders
State Sen. John Whitmire, underwriting chair Don Sanders. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Marilyn Oliver, Salise Shuttlesworth, Dr. Roberto Trevino
Marilyn Oliver, Salise Shuttlesworth, Dr. Roberto Trevino.  Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Micheal McWilliams, Christine McWilliams, Terri Peak, Roger Peak
Chairs Micheal McWilliams, Christine McWilliams, Terri Peak, Roger Peak. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, David Cordua
David Cordua. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Ed McMahon, Hershey Grace
Ed McMahon, Hershey Grace. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Carolyn Levy, Chris Sanders, Don Sanders
Carolyn Levy, Chris Sanders, Don Sanders. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, John A. Adkins, Susan L. Bickley
John A. Adkins, Susan L. Bickley. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Kim Padgett, Holly Crawford.
Kim Padgett, Holly Crawford. Photo by Roy Krisanto
News, Shelby, Friends for Life, Oct. 2015, Tadd Hatcher, Courtney Hatcher
Tadd Hatcher, Courtney Hatcher. Photo by Roy Krisanto
News, Shelby, Friends for Life Gala, Oct. 2051Stacie Cokinos, Halina Dodd
Stacie Cokinos, Halina Dodd. Photo by Roy Krisanto
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Christine McWilliams
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Senator John Whitmire, Don Sanders
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Marilyn Oliver, Salise Shuttlesworth, Dr. Roberto Trevino
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Micheal McWilliams, Christine McWilliams, Terri Peak, Roger Peak
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, David Cordua
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Ed McMahon, Hershey Grace
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Carolyn Levy, Chris Sanders, Don Sanders
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, John A. Adkins, Susan L. Bickley
Houston, Friends for Life Among Friends gala, October 2015, Kim Padgett, Holly Crawford.
News, Shelby, Friends for Life, Oct. 2015, Tadd Hatcher, Courtney Hatcher
News, Shelby, Friends for Life Gala, Oct. 2051Stacie Cokinos, Halina Dodd

What: Friends for Life "Among Friends" gala.

Where: The Astorian.

The 411: Cassie, the tutu-clad Friends for Life alumni dog, welcomed a record number of guests who helped raise close to $500,000 for the no-kill adoption and rescue organization. Applause, applause for chairs Christine and Michael McWilliams and Terri and Roger Peak and underwriting chair and uber animal lover Don Sanders

Adding to the coffers was high-speed artist Dan Dunn painting pet portraits on site and donating 60 percent of the fee to the non-profit.

Even chef David Cordua got into the animal-loving act by preparing a three-course vegan meal which included kale and cabbage crush slaw salad, sweet corn tamales and spiced pecan empanadas.

Who: Laura Moore, Dan Clark and Joe Loconti, Chris Sanders, Tanya and Andy Greenwood, Margaret and Ben Morris, Ashley and Mark Anderson, Caroline Fant, Jane and Bob Cizik, Paula Cizik, Sen. John Whitmire, Carolyn Levy and Kay Hays.

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