MORE THAN 600 party animals gathered at the Royal Sonesta to celebrate 50 years of Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP).
The ballroom was decked out with glittery, glamorous floral arrangements and swaths of shiny fabric, in addition to several IG-worthy photo backdrops. Violinist Radu John warmed up the crowd with electrifying tunes played on a light-up violin, and JD Entertainment characters — like a Champagne-toting cat — roamed the room.
The main event was, as always, a fur-tastic fashion show, emceed by animal-loving television personality Frank Billingsley. Gala honorees strutted their stuff alongside their pets, and supporters Jody Merritt and Steve Spencer’s cat, Yuli, was named the Celebrity Pet of the Year. Other honorees included JD Adamson with Dolly; Deborah and Ernesto Bautista with Asher and Penelope; Rose Chen and David Webster with Muffin; Cortney Cole-Hall with Leo and Elia; Michael Gabbanelli with Daisy; Danielle and Derek Gillespie with Claire; Casey and Ryan Mitchell with Gabby Win; and Sonia Soto and Jeff Hoffman with Layla.
West Houston Subaru raffled off a 2023 Crosstek, which revved up the evening’s proceeds. The till currently stands at $725,000, with more donations rolling in.
Sterling Woerner and Kathryn Bonesteel
Yaritza and Alexander Scott
Austin and Marian Cornelius
Steve Spencer and Jody Merritt with Yuli
Bill Baldwin, Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious
Cassidy Harriman and Dinah Linn
Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla
Cindy Peoples and Mary Kenner
Rosemary McDonald and Jacqueline Swilling
Courtney Cole-Hall with Leo
Daryl and Amy Dichoso
Richard Ray, Tamara Bonar and Anthony Dowd
Michael and Ivanne Corsi
Deborah and Ernesto Bautista with Asher
Mica Piro and Anna Kaplan
Melanie Cizik, Alex Gonzalez and Reilly Cizik
Edna Meyer-Nelson and Julie Brookshire
Frank Billingsley and Kevin Gillard
Tony and Frances Buzbee
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