Paws Cause Two-Legged Critters Were In The Holiday Mood For Sipping And Shopping At Ralph Lauren Salon In Highland Park Village

Designer Ralph Lauren has been synonymous with luxury clothing and picture-perfect surroundings. So, Highland Park Village’s Ralph Lauren Salon was the perfect spot for a holiday celebration for the SPCA of TexasPaws Cause crowd on Wednesday, December 6. Don’t be surprised if some guests at the Paws Cause fundraiser on Sunday, January 28, at the Jan Rees-Jone Animal Care Center are wearing Lauren fashions. Here’s a report from the field:

Winter-red roses bloomed all around under the magnificent crystal chandelier gracing the entryway of the Ralph Lauren Boutique at Highland Park Village on Wednesday, December 6, where ladies and gentlemen gathered in the holiday spirit to celebrate Paws Cause and shop for friends and family, all to benefit the SPCA of Texas. Guests sipped wine and champagne and nibbled sweet and savory delicacies as they browsed.  

Taylor Cousins and Kris Cousins*

Sincere thanks to Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting and to the Ralph Lauren store for welcoming the festive crowd and for donating a portion of the proceeds from the event’s sales to the SPCA of Texas. Many of the guests were spotted walking out with armfuls of beribboned boxes and bags, admiring the gorgeous window display featuring the classic Ralph Lauren teddy bears dressed in holiday finery! 

Susie Swanson, Debra Burns and Kevin Coffey*

SPCA of Texas Sr. Vice President of Development Debra Burns thanked Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village and Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting the soirée. Burns also toasted to newlyweds Susie Swanson and Kevin Coffey on their recent marriage and presented them with a framed photo of the couple from last year’s event, engraved with “Furever Friends.”

Giana dePaul, Kristen Greenberg and Melissa Vullo Bell*

Russell Dealey and Mary Spencer*

Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher*

Guests included Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Andrea Alcorn, Karen Urie, Susie Swanson, Kevin Coffey, Phyllis Comu, Mary SpencerKaren Lukin, Tricia Sims, Regina Bruce, Kathy Fielder, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton and SPCA of Texas Board Member Steve Atkinson

Phyllis Comu and Karen Urie*

Steve Atkinson and Scott Greenberg*

Tricia Sims, Andrea Alcorn and Karen Lukin*

Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, January 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. Honorary chairs are Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.com.  

* Photo credit: Thomas Garza Photography

SPCA’s Bark + Build Housewarming Had Guests In The Christmas Duds And “Home For The Holidays” Doghouses Barking For Attention

NorthPark Center may be entering the real estate business. In the summer, there’s Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses and now the SPCA of Texas is staking claim on housing. With guests like Ken Risser, Heather Nelson, Carolyn and David Kubes, Teresa and William Vit, Andi Cohen and Kim Sheldon in full Christmas attire, the Bark + Build Housewarming kicked off Home For The Holidays 2017 on Sunday, November 19. But these houses weren’t for two-legged munchkins. Think smaller and four-legged types. Here is a report from the field:

Ken Risser and Heather Nelson*

Carolyn and David Kubes*

William and Teresa Vit*

Andi Cohen and Kim Sheldon*

Tacky holiday sweaters were on display in all of their glory as designers, architects, socialites, friends of the SPCA of Texas and members of the American Institute of Architects of Dallas (AIA Dallas) and TEXO, The Construction Association jingled and mingled to kick off Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Bark + Build Housewarming Party on Bark + Build Lane at NorthPark Center on Sunday, November 19, at 6 p.m.

James Bias and Kristen Greenberg*

A plethora of delectable delicacies from the sweet to the savory and bubbly beverages were served. The evening’s superb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events and Kristen Greenberg

Between grooving to the spunkiest holiday beats, provided by LeForce Entertainment, guests strolled the first floor between Dillard’s and Macy’s at NorthPark Center to view the 24 custom-made dog houses that were created especially for the Bark + Build luxury Doghouse Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays, which kicked off November 13. These one-of-a-kind dog houses on display and up for auction at the Housewarming party, were designed and built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members, and were there until Sunday, December 3.

Vincelee Stevens, Kenna Hogan, Quinn Hogan and Jeremy Hogan*

SPCA of Texas VP for Communications Maura Davies began the awards ceremony for the Bark + Build awards by welcoming the more than 350 guests to Bark + Build Lane and sharing the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and to rescue. Davies expressed the SPCA of Texas’s gratitude to NorthPark Center’s Lona Crabb, Billy Hines, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, as well as AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. She also highlighted the SPCA of Texas’ efforts to heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year through its adoption, spay/neuter and wellness services and animal cruelty investigations and of course the Home for the Holidays event. Then, Jeremy Hogan with Sedalco Construction Services and Mary Butler, Associate at FKP Architects, introduced all of the award winners for Bark + Build. 

Adela Craddock, Macy Craddock and Phillip Craddock*

All entries for the Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition were judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel previous to the Housewarming event. This panel included Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Board Member and former SPCA of Texas Board Member Mary Spencer, Crescent Real Estate Senior Construction Manager Miguel Villareal, DPR Construction HR Manager Monica Jacobs, Modern Luxury Texas Editor-in-Chief Rhonda Reinhart, BKD LLP Senior Associate Dustin Clanton, Craddock Architecture owner Phillip Craddock and VCA Central Expressway Animal Hospital’s Dr. Troy Cobb.

Awards presented include:

  • Best in Show (1st place): D2 Architecture with Suffolk for b•ARX;
  • Hot Dog Award (runner up): FKP Architects and Campos Engineering with Skanska for The Doggy Paddle;
  • Teacup Pup Award: GSR Andrade and TLC Engineering with Rogers-O’Brien Construction for WinneBarco Mini Trailer;
  • Big Dog Award: VLK Architects and Cadence McShane Construction for Bird Dog Blind; and
  • Enviro Dog Award: DLR Group | Staffelbach with MAPP for Wag On Inn.

These winning houses were auctioned live at the Housewarming party by Auctioneer Logan Thomas and all other houses were up for silent auction the same night. The auctions raised more than $8,000.

Larry and Joan Rogers*

Additionally, it was announced that voting was open for the final award, People’s Choice, in the Bark + Build Luxury Dog House Competition at NorthPark Center!

Home for the Holidays sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Joan Rogers; Event Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Kroger and the North Texas Cheddarheads; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Heineken USA and Central Market; Dog House and Kennel Sponsors: Katy Trail Animal Hospital, North Texas Honda Dealers, Lord Green Strategies, Stand Up and Paint, Hollywood Feed and CareNow; Media Sponsor: CultureMap; and Entertainment Sponsor: LeForce Entertainment.

All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to rescue, heal, and find loving homes for homeless animals. So far, the Bark + Build portion of Home for the Holidays has raised more than $77,000 including sponsorships and auction.

*Photo credit: Thomas Garza Photography

SPCA Of Texas’ Fur Ball Was A Howling Success And A Purr-fect Delight Despite A Glitch In A Donkey Offering

Sometimes the best intentions have a glitch or two. And when you’re dealing with animals, it usually ends up bringing smiles to the face or chuckles. Such was the situation at the SPCA of TexasFur Ball on Saturday, September 24, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It seems that the evening’s emcee offered to be photographed wearing a faux donkey’s head with the winning bidder. The price? A four-figure number. Alas, things didn’t go as planned as the offer dwindled down eventually to a lower three-figure number. While that “asinine” situation didn’t make it to the following report from the field, the evening was indeed memorable anyhow, thanks to Chair Phyllis Comu:

The SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2016, “Shedding Light on Their Future,” was held on Saturday, September 24 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The elegantly futuristic, totally sold-out, black-tie evening included dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions for over 1,100 guests. Chair Phyllis Comu announced that thanks to the generosity of sponsors, patrons and guests, Fur Ball 2016 raised funds to help the SPCA of Texas serve 50,000 animals and their people in 2016 and beyond.

Steve Kemble, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and LeeAnne Locken*

Steve Kemble, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and LeeAnne Locken*

Guests were greeted with passed bubbly and savory hors d’oeuvres as they made their way up to the Omni’s Dallas Ballroom. During cocktail hour, elegantly clad ladies and gentlemen walked the purple carpet and chatted with Emcee/Real Housewives of Dallas LeeAnne Locken and America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble about everything from what they were wearing to why supporting the animals is so important.

Kelly Thompson*

Kelly Thompson*

Also, a three-piece combo from Limelight jazzed it up and a whole passel of puppies from the SPCA of Texas’ iFoster program (all spayed and neutered!) romped and played as they were cooed over and petted by the glittering guests. Competition was fierce at the over 300-item silent auction, which featured everything from sports memorabilia, fabulous spa packages, high-end jewelry, dining experiences (from the fun to the fine) and so much more.

Cathy Vieth, Shane Walker and Tommy Vieth*

Cathy Vieth, Shane Walker and Tommy Vieth*

Each beautifully appointed table was graced with gorgeous, glowing floral centerpieces thank to Flower Reign by Shane Walker. The delightful dinner included the Space Station Stack Salad with heirloom tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and basil with a balsamic drizzle and an herb-seared petite filet of beef and prosciutto as well as a spinach- and mushroom-stuffed chicken breast with sweet potato, broccolini, baby carrot, acorn squash and blistered cherry tomato with bourbon sauce. The delicious dessert, the Galaxy Tartlet, was blackberry-filled shortbread with sage mint gel, peppercorn Chantilly and was dusted with edible glitter.

Katy Murray*

Katy Murray*

Emcee LeeAnne put the fun into fundraising with her energy and love of animals. SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias welcomed guests, staff and volunteers, thanked sponsors and shared with guests the important work the SPCA of Texas will be bringing to South Dallas in the future to help transform the community for people and animals, improving public safety and providing for the welfare of animals. SPCA of Texas Board Chair and Chief Financial Officer for A. H. Belo Corporation Katy Murray thanked the board of directors for their guidance and spoke about how the SPCA of Texas’ staff, volunteers and partners are intently focused at all times on saving lives, making a difference and never resting until the organization makes our community a better place for people and their pets.

The SPCA of Texas also presented the 2016 Spencer Humanitarian Award during Fur Ball. Named for warm-hearted entrepreneur and long-tenured, past SPCA of Texas Board member Mary Spencer, the Spencer Humanitarian Awards recognize an individual, company or group whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals. Mary presented the 2016 recipient of the Spencer Humanitarian Award to Karen Urie, a dedicated SPCA of Texas volunteer, board member and animal advocate. Karen’s voice for animals speaks loud and clear, and the SPCA of Texas is indeed fortunate to have her support. Karen Urie is currently a real estate agent and internal marketing consultant with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Senior Vice President for Development Debra Burns wrapped up by thanking guests, celebrating the generosity of North Texans for their gifts to the SPCA of Texas on North Texas Giving Day, just two days prior, and bringing home why supporting the SPCA of Texas is so important to change the lives of thousands of animals, especially those living in poverty.

Guests then bid often and bid high on the evening’s nine fabulously over-the-top live auction items and “Pony Up for Paws” raise the paddle feature. High-rolling patrons won delicious dining experiences, glamorous getaways, a stunning black diamond ring, decadent cases of wine and more. The top three live auction items of the evening were all once-in-a-lifetime experiences. One of these was a two day, two-night package for four to the world-renowned animal sanctuary, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, complete with personalized tours and more.

Another was a total surprise! Michael “Mico” Rodriguez generously, and on the spur of the moment, gave a 100-guest dinner, complete with tequila tasting and more, to the auction, and the package just about brought the house down! And, the biggest wow of the live auction came when Auctioneer Mike Jones announced the final package of the evening: 12 luxury suite tickets to Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Adele’s sold-out performance on November 2nd!

Fur Ball 2016 then brought the high-voltage fun with headline entertainment by Dallas’ ultimate party band, Limelight. Guests rushed the dance floor and partied under a stunning, purple-lit chandelier that twinkled like a thousand stars until after Midnight.

Kristen Greenberg, Sandra Fite and Phyllis Comu*

Kristen Greenberg, Sandra Fite and Phyllis Comu*

Fur Ball 2016 was a tail-wagging success thanks to honorary chairs D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Drs. Wendy and John Vandermeer; Chair Phyllis Comu; Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg; Auction Chair Sandra Fite; and event emcee LeeAnne Locken. The evening’s production was provided by Nomad Productions and RSC Show Productions. Photographers for the evening were Bret Redman and Gregory Martin.

The SPCA of Texas sincerely thanks special partners, including

  • Rescuer sponsor: Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones.
  • Defender sponsors: Linda Genneken, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Richard Gray, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Katy Murray, Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury.
  • Patron Party Sponsor: Northern Trust.
  • Liberator sponsors: Diane and Hal Brierley, H-E-B/Central Market, Hill A. and Rene Feinberg, Hillary Hurst, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Sandra Urie.
  • Advocate sponsors: Alphagraphics at Market Center, Andrea Alcorn, BKD, LLP, CityVet, Earthwater/Phyllis & CJ Comu, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sandra and Colin Fite/TEAM FITE-O, Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas, Robert Goldberg, Grand Spa, Kristen and Scott Greenberg, Dean Gresham and Caleb Hernandez, Ken Hatley, Teresa Henderson, Hollywood Feed, Robert C. Horne, Jimmy Choo, Jeri Kleiman, Jack Knox, Suzanne and David Palmlund, PwC, Joseph Quinn, Pam Ragon, Residences at the Stoneleigh, Steven Rivard, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz and Mary Spencer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America and Drs. John & Wendy Vandermeer.
  • Exclusive Print/Digital Media Sponsor: PaperCity Magazine.
  • Proud Official Wine Sponsor: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly and Edna Valley Vineyard.

Guests included Andrea Alcorn, Heidi and Bill Dillon, Fox 4’s Jenny Anchondo and Jennifer Meyers, WFAA-TV Channel 8’s Wex Houx and Monica Hernandez, Angie Barrett, Jocelyn White, Pamela Thompson Moayedi, Pamela Martin, Cynthia Smoot, Cathy and Tommy Vieth, Tricia Sims, Shane Walker and Billy Fulmer, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Brian Walker, Gus Hinojosa, Teresa and Chic Henderson, David and Carolyn Kubes, Pam Ragon, Danny Tobey and Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury.

Fur Ball is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2016 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals.

Next year’s event is already in the works. Fur Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, September 30, at the Omni Dallas.

* Photo credit: Bret Redman

Suzanne And David Palmlund Opened Their Swiss Avenue Estate For Fur Ball Patrons To Learn About New Live Auction Items

Wednesdays are showing all the signs of becoming the new Thursday. And as anyone who has a Daytimer knows, Thursday has evolved into a true-blue workout for fundraisers. But on Wednesday, September 14, North Texas was in overdrive with fundraiser types scrambling around. The Cattle Baronesses were at Jimmy Choo checking out the most showy high steppers. It was perfectly timed for those who were in a last-minute dilemma for footwear to attend Friday’s Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show. After all, who wants to show up for this fashion extravaganza in last season’s retreads when shoe-loving/featured designer Carolina Herrera will be on the scene?

And speaking of retailing, The Family Place’s Partners Card South Soiree was just inches away from NorthPark’s Nordstroms. Talk about a shopping pep rally in preparation for the Thursday, October 28 thru Sunday, November 6 event in North Texas!

And while the rest of Dallas got hit by a sudden torrent of rain, Suzanne and David Palmlund opened their Swiss Avenue estate for the SPCA’s Fur Ball patron party with nary a care about the weather. After all, their mansion and cabana were the perfect spot to hide just in case the heavens opened up.

Suzanne and David Palmlund's pool

Suzanne and David Palmlund’s pool

The gentile mansion was once again decked out for the occasion with sponsor backdrop on the front porch, games in the party room and a mammoth rubber ducky and parrot floating in the pool.

Kristen Greenberg and Suzanne Palmlund

Kristen Greenberg and Suzanne Palmlund

As Suzanne opened wide the front doors for the 125 guests like Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award recipient Karen Urie, Susan McSherry (Fur Ball Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg‘s sis-in-law), Dan Pritchett, Andrea Alcorn, Tatyana Murphy, Joan and Larry Rogers, Leslie Spalding, Gary Rugoff, Mary Lonzano, Tricia Sims and SPCA top dog James Bias, a server scurried to wipe up an “oops” spill on the entry hall floor.

Even before the festivities start at 6:30, guests were filling all the nooks and crannies of the 103-year-old mansion.

Phyllis Comu and Sandra Fite

Phyllis Comu and Sandra Fite

While 2016 Fur Ball Chair Phyllis Comu was delayed in traffic, Kristen explained that the event was close to “Sold Out” status (only about 35 tickets shy of 1,000). She was relieved to report that a waiting list was in place when the done-deal status had been achieved for the Saturday, September 24th gala at the Omni Dallas.

News of the night was talk about the live auction items coordinated by Sandra Fite. Two hitting the OMG level were the donations of animal-loving Jan Rees-Jones and her husband Trevor Rees-Jones. They had donated their personal suite at American Airlines Center for the sold-out Adele concert on Wednesday, November 2. What made this item even hotter was the fact that this tour would be Adele’s last one for a rumored ten years. She’s going to stop touring and focus full-time attention on raising her son, Angelo.

The second item that was just added earlier in the day was the ultimate top-tier level Savor package.

Tickets are getting scarce for this one, so get off the leash and get your spot locked down here.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: SPCA Of Texas Fur Ball 2016

According to Fur Ball 2016 Chair Phyllis Comu and Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg,

Phyllis Comu and Kristen Greenberg*

Phyllis Comu and Kristen Greenberg*

“We are beyond thrilled to chair the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2016, ‘Shedding Light on Their Future!’ The event is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets. As the oldest, largest animal welfare organization in North Texas, the SPCA of Texas helps local pets…now and in the future.

“The black-tie gala will include dinner, dancing, headline entertainment by Limelight and live and silent auctions for over 1,000 guests to be held in the Omni Dallas’ largest ballroom on Saturday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available today at www.furballdallas.com. Individual tickets are $225, patron tickets are $300 and a table for 10 is $2,000.

“Fur Ball 2016 is sure to be a tail-wagging success, thanks to Honorary Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Drs. Wendy and John Vandermeer and Auction Chair Sandra Fite. We’re also excited to announce that LeeAnne Locken is M.C. for Fur Ball this year!

Karen Urie is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award. This award, named for animal advocate extraordinaire Mary Spencer, honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the lives of animals in the North Texas Community. Karen is the marketing and business development director for Dave Perry-Miller and his team. It was her volunteer effort in 2007 when she was on the Paws Cause event committee that first introduced her to the SPCA of Texas and since then she has been actively involved with a myriad of SPCA of Texas activities and events and is currently a board member. Karen’s voice for animals is loud and clear, and the SPCA of Texas is fortunate indeed to have her support.

Fur Ball 2016*

Fur Ball 2016*

“All money raised through Fur Ball 2016 will benefit the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals. The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, serving 50,000 pets and people in eight counties each year.

“Fur Ball 2016 is sure to be elegant, out of this world fun, all in the name of helping our furry friends.”

* Photos provided by SPCA of Texas

The Animal Loving Crowd Shopped Jimmy Choos Heels In Preparation For The Annual Fur Ball

Nancy Rogers had her work cut out for her on Wednesday, April 6. She had a full evening of fundraising rounds to make and the very first stop was Highland Park Village’s Jimmy Choo to check out the footwear goodies benefiting the SPCA of Texas. Here’s a report from the field:

Jimmy Choo shoes*

Jimmy Choo shoes*

The gorgeous and well-heeled mingled with the latest pumps, platforms and peep-toes at the Jimmy Choo boutique at Highland Park Village in Dallas on Wednesday, April 6. And it was all to benefit the SPCA of Texas in partnership with this year’s Fur Ball Gala.

Brightly clad guests sparkled with springtime freshness as they browsed Jimmy Choo’s gorgeous Spring Summer collection while they nibbled delicate canapés thanks to KMG Events. Buoyant beverages refreshed attendees as the sun gently dipped into the horizon over the rococo roofline of Highland Park Village.

Jimmy Choo donated a portion of the proceeds from purchases at the event to the SPCA of Texas. Special thanks to Jimmy Choo and boutique manager Catherine Kemp for hosting the party.

Fur Ball 2016, Shedding Light on Their Future, will be held on Saturday, September 24, at the Omni Dallas Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. LeeAnne Locken will be M.C. for the evening. For more information, visit www.furballdallas.com.

Kristen Greenberg and Sandra Fite*

Kristen Greenberg and Sandra Fite*

Fur Ball Chair Phyllis Comu, Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg and Auction Chair Sandra Fite, along with the Fur Ball committee, will make this a gala to remember. The honorary co-chairs for Fur Ball 2016 are Faye Briggs, D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Drs. Wendy and John Vandermeer. The Fur Ball 2016 committee includes Lisa Kirtley Ledbetter (Marketing & Communications), Mary Lozano Buster, Giana DePaul, Diane Faison-Roe, Lisa Fox, Cameron Gummer, Alissa Kaiser, Stacey Kivowitz, Paula Leone, Cindy Lindsley, Nicole Sisneros, Kelly Thompson, Terry Wright Stimpson, Denise Wallace and Anja Woodson.

Nancy Rogers, Phyllis Comu and Nancy Rogers*

Nancy Rogers, Phyllis Comu and Nancy Rogers*

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for more than 50,000 animals each year.

Attendees included Diane Brierley, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Phyllis and C.J. Comu, Katy Murray, Holly Forsythe, Nancy Rogers, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Tricia Sims, Carmen Surgent, Kerry Sullivan, Dan Pritchett, Bob Manzano and Karen Urie.

* Photo credit: QC Cong/XO Photography