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First responders and adorable pets steal the show at fashion fundraiser for Harvey relief

First responders steal the show at Harvey relief fashion fundraiser

First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Harvey hero and adoptable pet earn a standing ovation at Salute Houston fashion show. Photo by Chris Spicks
Salute Houston fashion show western wear from Cavender's Boot City
Patriotic western wear from Cavender's Boot City. Courtesy photo
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Harvey hero and adoptable pet earn a standing ovation at Salute Houston fashion show. Photo by Chris Spicks
Salute Houston fashion show Elizabeth Anthony
Teal sleeveless dress from Elizabeth Anthony. Photo by Chris Spicks
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Harvey hero and adoptable pet earn a standing ovation at Salute Houston fashion show. Photo by Chris Spicks
Salute Houston fashion show Cotton Club Collection
Embellished white blouse from Cotton Club Collection. Photo by Chris Spicks
Salute Houston fashion show Tootsies
Lady in red from Tootsies. Photo by Chris Spicks
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Harvey hero and adoptable pet earn a standing ovation at Salute Houston fashion show. Photo by Chris Spicks
Salute Houston fashion show M Penner
Looking chic from M Penner. Photo by Chris Spicks
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Salute Houston fashion show western wear from Cavender's Boot City
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Salute Houston fashion show Elizabeth Anthony
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Salute Houston fashion show Cotton Club Collection
Salute Houston fashion show Tootsies
First responder and pet at Salute Houston fashion show
Salute Houston fashion show M Penner

What: Salute Houston: One Night. One Party. One Runway.

Where: The Astorian.

The scoop: To support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and honor some of its heroes, Tamara Klosz Bonar and Lenny Matuszewski produced a fashion fundraiser with models from the Neal Hamil Agency and Page Parkes Texas, who appeared in fall designs from Cavender’s Boot City, Cotton Club CollectionElizabeth Anthony, M Penner, Sloan Hall and Tootsies.

But the real scene stealers were first responders from Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department, who strolled the catwalk with adoptable animals, including a pit bull from Houston PetSet and a kitten and two dogs from K-9 Angels Rescue.

The show, which was sponsored by the Texas Legacy Foundation and its founder Vivian Wise, along with The Astorian's Joe Pachioli and Cordua Catering, also featured music from DJ Nathan Looney.

Before the fashion show, the crowd of more than 200 guests enjoyed cocktails, light bites, and a special performance by Micaiah Walker, lead singer of the Houston-based pop/rock band Polaroid Summer.

The event raised more than $26,000 for Houston PetSet, Houston Children’s Charity, and The 100 Club.

Who: Seen in the crowd were ABC13 anchor Melanie Lawson, who emceed the evening, Marge Lundquist, Tama Lundquist, Tena Lundquist Faust and Tyson Faust, Jan Duncan, Susan Boggio,  Elina Htum, Penny Wright, Laura Ward, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Sidney Faust, Elsie Eckert, designer Robert Comstock, who was in town for a personal appearance at M Penner, Sara Jane Smith, Ahshia Berry, Donae Charmosta, Bill Baldwin, Dr. James Bonar, Michael Bickham, and Elena Cattarossi.