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Colorful Lion King vibe and pet parade take popular safari-themed gala to a whole new level

Colorful Lion King vibe takes popular gala to a whole new level

CAP Gala Animal Characters
"The Lion King" style characters set the stage for a colorful benefit at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Dennis Brackeen, Gassan Chaiban, Juan Vazquez
Dennis Brackeen, Gassan Chaiban, Juan Vazquez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Cathy Marion, Jesse Marion
Cathy Marion, Jesse Marion. Photo by Kim Coffman
CAP Gala Janice Hall, Charlie Hall
Janice Hall, Charlie Hall. Photo by Kim Coffman
CAP Gala Brian Teichman and Andy Cordes
Brian Teichman, Andy Cordes. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Dan Dimiero, Shelly Dimiero, Greg Miller
Dan Dimiero, Shelly Dimiero, Greg Miller Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala David Atencio, Frank Meszaros, Gloria Meszaros, Kappy Muenzer
David Atencio, Frank Meszaros, Gloria Meszaros, Kappy Muenzer Photo by Kim Coffman
CAP Gala Laura McIngvale Brown and Phillip Brown
Laura McIngvale Brown, Phillip Brown. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Shel and Clayton Erikson
Shel Erikson, Clayton Erikson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Penny Loyd, Celebrity Pet winners Austin Cornelius and Marian Cornelius
Penny Loyd, Celebrity Pet winners Austin Cornelius and Marian Cornelius. Photo by Kim Coffman
CAP Gala Dr. Ronald Lindsey, Dale Lindsey
Dr. Ronald Lindsey, Dale Lindsey. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Joe Maida, Tess Biggs
Joe Maida, Tess Biggs. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Jon Halbur, Dan O'Brien
Jon Halbur, Dan O'Brien. Photo by Kim Coffman
CAP Gala Linda Schmuck, Todd Zucker
Linda Schmuck, Todd Zucker. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Roi Alan, Lisa Gochman
Roi Alan, Lisa Gochman. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Melissa and Tim Kelly
Melissa Kelly, Tim Kelly. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
CAP Gala Animal Characters
CAP Gala Dennis Brackeen, Gassan Chaiban, Juan Vazquez
CAP Gala Cathy Marion, Jesse Marion
CAP Gala Janice Hall, Charlie Hall
CAP Gala Brian Teichman and Andy Cordes
CAP Gala Dan Dimiero, Shelly Dimiero, Greg Miller
CAP Gala David Atencio, Frank Meszaros, Gloria Meszaros, Kappy Muenzer
CAP Gala Laura McIngvale Brown and Phillip Brown
CAP Gala Shel and Clayton Erikson
CAP Gala Penny Loyd, Celebrity Pet winners Austin Cornelius and Marian Cornelius
CAP Gala Dr. Ronald Lindsey, Dale Lindsey
CAP Gala Joe Maida, Tess Biggs
CAP Gala Jon Halbur, Dan O'Brien
CAP Gala Linda Schmuck, Todd Zucker
CAP Gala Roi Alan, Lisa Gochman
CAP Gala Melissa and Tim Kelly

Citizens for Animal Protection kicked it up several notches Saturday night with its safari-themed gala that transformed the Royal Sonesta Hotel ballroom into a dreamy Lion King setting. While boosting the party quotient, the event saw proceeds soar to a whopping $700,000.

Setting the stage for a night of energized partying was the "Circle of Life" presentation of air-brushed human animals that brought out a wave of smart phones as many among the 600 guests captured the colorful parade of lions, cheetahs and zebras. J&D Entertainment provided the show-stopping characters that included 12-foot tall "giraffes," African dancers and drummers.

Applause, applause for chairs Penny and Paul Loyd and co-chairs Laura McIngvale Brown and Phillip Brown. 

CAP's resident iguana, Sherman, and Zsa Zsa's Party Parrots further contributed to the colorful scene as did the tented safari themed settings in the foyer where the honorees and their pets were presented. A Memorable Event dressed the ballroom in a glowing Seregenti theme.

Taking top honors as Celebrity Pet of the Year was Suri, the pooch belonging to Marian and Austin Cornelius. Runners-up were the three massive dogs paraded down the catwalk by Clayton and Shel Erikson.

Joining the pet parade of honorees were Moriah and Rod Crosby, Lisa Gochman and Roi Alan, Jon Halbur and Dan O’Brien, Melissa and Tim Kelly, Dale and Dr. Ronald Lindsey, Jewell and Joe Maida, Gregory Miller and Shelly Dimiero, Cissy Abel Smither and Brad Bates along with junior honoree Harrison Burks.

It was a night filled with honorees including Linda Schmuck, Kristie and Randy Wade, Frank DiMaria and Gloria and Frank Meszaros of West Houston Subaru which provided a car for the raffle. CAP executive director Kappy Munzer, who after 40 years with the non-profit is transitioning to executive director emeritus, received a standing ovation.

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