It's a wonder the various pooches weren't howling with glee at the success of the first K9s4Cops benefit evening. The night closed with $500,000 in the till, a windfall of funds that will help place trained dogs with law enforcement agencies and schools in need of K-9 partners.
There were a few of the pups (at least one up for auction) on the scene at the River Oaks Home of party hosts John and Kristi Schiller, founding chair of the new non-profit. Harris County Sheriff's Deputies, recipients of K9s from the organization, brought their dogs along to demonstrate drug searches and K9 take-downs for the 250 guests.
Harris County Sheriff Deputy Ted Dahlin's story of losing his dog in the line of duty caught Kristi Schiller's attention and led her to create the foundation.
Notables on hand with a serious interest in the program included Mayor Annise Parker, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, City Councilwoman Brenda Stardig and new Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle. Topping the celeb list was TV's top private security consultant "Wild Bill" Stanton, who flew in from New York for the fundraiser.
The crowd supped on Bryan Caswell's Kobe beef sliders and "milk shake-no minors" while jamming to the sounds of The Guzzlers.
Practically kicking up their heels over the generous proceeds were K9s4Cops executive director Liz Lara Careno and board members Hector Carreno, Jack Rains, Dayna Steele, Carroll Robinson and Michelle LeBlanc.
It was board member and Harris County Sheriff Deputy Ted Dahlin, whose story of losing his dog in the line of duty that caught Kristi Schiller's attention and led her to create the foundation.
Helping send the greenback totals over the top were Monica and Joel Broussard and Melba and Ronnie Murphy, who each bid $25,000 for a 6-week-old pedigreed King Shepherd, and Stewart Lawrence, Energy XXI executive veep, who then matched those two bids.
In the party crowd were Eva and Beau Bisso, Chip Lewis, JoAnn Hoss, Don Looper, Elda and Ben Marchive, Gary Britt with Susanne Gubert, Latricia and J.O. Duke, Shanna Brown with John Glithero and the Schiller's 5-year-old daughter Sinclair.