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Adorable Lab puppies and birthday party with Astros pitcher boosts amount raised at Tree of Life Gala

Bidding on adorable lab puppies boosts Tree of Life Gala proceeds

Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Terrell Finnegan
Terrell Finnegan Branch hugs the 12-week black Labrador puppy. Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Houston Johnson, Kate Johnson, Frances Thomson, Jim Thomson
Houston Johnson, Kate Johnson, Frances Thomson, Jim Thomson. Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Stephen Maeker, Christy Maeker
Stephen Maeker, Christy Maeker.  Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Dana Tyson, Susan Finnegan
Dana Tyson, Susan Finnegan. Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Lauren Gow, Audrey Gow
Lauren Gow, Audrey Gow.  Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Mary Magness Hand, Audrey Omenson, Carla Dawson
Mary Magness Hand, Audrey Omenson, Carla Dawson. Courtesy photo
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Terrell Finnegan
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Houston Johnson, Kate Johnson, Frances Thomson, Jim Thomson
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Stephen Maeker, Christy Maeker
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Dana Tyson, Susan Finnegan
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Lauren Gow, Audrey Gow
Houston, Marcy, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Tree of Life Gala, October 2017, Mary Magness Hand, Audrey Omenson, Carla Dawson

What: Tree of Life Gala.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Nearly 400 guests turned out for the ninth annual Tree of Life Gala at River Oaks Country Club, chaired by Julie and Casey Doherty, alongside Catherine and Richard Zdunkewicz. Emceed by 99.1 FM radio personality Dana Tyson, the fun-filled event included wine and jewelry pulls, a delicious dinner and an array of desserts, and a live auction with items from golf and fishing excursions to a birthday party package with a baseball clinic for 20 conducted by Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. and two 12-week black Labrador puppies, who the winning bidders named Nicky and Buster.

 One of the precious pups was auctioned off twice, as the original high bidder donated it back, to boost the final proceeds by $6,000. In all, the gala brought in more than $280,000 for the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, a local nonprofit working to change mental health care in Texas.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Janelle Reid, Judy Ann McCartney, Brenda and Patrick Hicks, Rhonda Ward, Sara Eggleston, Mary Magness Hand, Audrey Omenson, Carla Dawson, Lauren Gow, Audrey Gow, Stephen Maeker, Christy Maeker, and Susan Finnegan.