K9s4COPs Unleashed

K9s4COPs unleashes paw-fect fundraiser honoring police chief and Lone Target star

K9s4COPs unleashes paw-fect fundraiser honoring Lone Target star

Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Kevin Williams, Laurie Krohn , Joel Lambert, Rachel Racz, Constable Alan Rosen
Kevin Williams, Laurie Krohn, Joel Lambert, Rachel Racz, Constable Alan Rosen. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Miss Texas Nancy Gonzalez
 Miss Texas USA 2017 Nancy Gonzalez. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Laurie Krohn, Kristi Schiller
Laurie Krohn, Kristi Schiller.  Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Dr. Aashish Shah, Roseann Rogers
Dr. Aashish Shah, Roseann Rogers Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Meaghan Dawson, Texans cheerleaders
Meaghan Dawson (center), Texans cheerleaders. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Martha Montalvo
Interim Houston police chief Martha Montalvo. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Laura Boswell, Mason Boswell
Laura Boswell, Mason Boswell. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Kelli Bunch, Mary Ann Cuellar, Caroline Dawson
Kelli Bunch, Mary Ann Cuellar, Caroline Dawson. Photo by Michael Saaverda, Amber Magic Studios
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Kevin Williams, Laurie Krohn , Joel Lambert, Rachel Racz, Constable Alan Rosen
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Miss Texas Nancy Gonzalez
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Laurie Krohn, Kristi Schiller
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Dr. Aashish Shah, Roseann Rogers
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Meaghan Dawson, Texans cheerleaders
K9s4COPs Unleashed Gala, Martha Montalvo
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Laura Boswell, Mason Boswell
Houston, K9s4COPs Unleashed, Oct. 2016, Kelli Bunch, Mary Ann Cuellar, Caroline Dawson

A crowd of around 400 partygoers packed the ballroom at the JW Marriott Houston for the K9s4COPs “Unleashed” benefit. And it was all to show support for the Houston-based nonprofit that donates fully-trained K9 dogs to law enforcement agencies in 33 states and internationally in Paris.

K9s4COPs executive director Roseann Rogers welcomed everyone on behalf of founder and chairman Kristi Schiller. Throughout the evening, guests mixed, mingled — and snuggled — with two puppies, a Goldendoodle and a Labrador Retriever, both up for bid in a silent auction. Cheering the bidding on were several Houston Texans cheerleaders.

The fun turned serious for a brief time as interim Houston police chief Martha Montalvo was recognized for 36 years of outstanding service to the Houston Police Department. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Board chairman Tilman Fertitta, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson and Houston Police Foundation member Bill Nelson all paid tribute to Montalvo via a video presentation.

Also honored was Navy SEAL veteran Joel Lambert of the Discovery Channel’s Lone Target reality TV show who received the inaugural “Leader of the Pack” award for his stalwart support of the charity.

Celebrating the evening were event co-chairs Laurie Krohn and Rachel Racz, Jeff McShanLara Bell, Lindsey Aronstein, Lori Freese, Heidi and Nicholas Rockecharlie, Desiree and Phil Lonsway, Abby Lestin, Sonia Soto, George and Esther Puig, Harris County district clerk Chris Daniels, Lloyd Rude, Barbara Bailey, Parisa Moayedi, Megha Tejpal, Lori and John Henderson, Miss Texas USA 2017 Nancy Gonzalez, and K9s4COPs board members Dr. Aashish Shah, Sara McKinney, Dave Deleon, and Richard Ray.