Cocktails for Critters raises needed cash for humane society

 

 
 
 
 
Owner of a handsome Brittany spaniel named Duster, Marsha Howe of Marsha’s Designs (L) with Torval and Jennifer Mork of Fathom Energy. 
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Owner of a handsome Brittany spaniel named Duster, Marsha Howe of Marsha’s Designs (L) with Torval and Jennifer Mork of Fathom Energy. Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary herald

The Calgary Humane Society’s signature event has gone to the dogs — in the best way possible. More than 300 guests stepped out to Cocktails for Critters this year at the Hyatt’s Imperial Ballroom for a fabulous night of food, friends and even a Celebrity & Pooch Fashion Show.

Guests mingled and supped on an eclectic mix of offerings, including an outrageous dessert table and cake pop station, before hitting the silent auction tables and donor wall, which enabled animal enthusiasts to give directly to the care and well-being of animals.

Auctioneer Bill Brown led a rousing live auction, which included wonderful weekend getaways to Le Cordon Blue in Ottawa, the Emmy Awards in Hollywood, and VIP treatment at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The auction heated up over a designer doghouse by Mark Russell of Avant Homes and Gardens. In the end a very lucky guest went home happy with a new custom-built home for her pet.

The evening was led by the ever-spirited and charming emcee Kyle Shewfelt, who also participated in the Celebrity & Pooch Fashion Show with his beautiful and well-mannered dog, Cooper. Other local celebs dressed in fashions by Crabapple Clothing Company and Forman’s Fashion Group included: W. Brett Wilson and his dog (Johnny) Cash Wilson; former Calgary Flames forward Craig Conroy; CBC’s Nirmala Naidoo; CTV’s Aisling Tomei; 101.5 Kool FM’s Niki Reitmayer and Tarzan Dan; as well as Alberta Ballet dancers Mark Wax, Emily Collier, Nicole Caron, Alexandra Pera and Reilly Bell.

Honorary event chair Laureen Harper came without husband Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who may have been at home looking after myriad family pets, including cats Gypsy and Stanley, and Charlie the Chinchilla, who was adopted through the Ottawa Humane Society. Laureen Harper has been a passionate animal enthusiast since growing up in Turner Valley, where she often cared for stray pets and rode horses. At Cocktails for Critters she spoke warmly of her long-standing work with humane societies across the country and encouraged people to continue to give generously. Guests enthusiastically heeded her words and the evening raised an incredible $240,000 for the care and services of our city’s animals in need. Calgary’s shelter is currently caring for 693 animals.

 
 
 
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Owner of a handsome Brittany spaniel named Duster, Marsha Howe of Marsha’s Designs (L) with Torval and Jennifer Mork of Fathom Energy. 
 Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary herald
 

Owner of a handsome Brittany spaniel named Duster, Marsha Howe of Marsha’s Designs (L) with Torval and Jennifer Mork of Fathom Energy. Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary herald

 
Owner of a handsome Brittany spaniel named Duster, Marsha Howe of Marsha’s Designs (L) with Torval and Jennifer Mork of Fathom Energy. 
 Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary herald
Forman’s Fashion Group stylist Simone Skaff kept everyone looking their best during the Celebrity & Pooch Fashion Show. Skaff is seen here with the dashing J. Cash Wilson and his owner Brett. 
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Calgary Humane Society board member Cathy Bjohndalen and Paul Sudlow of Cavalier Energy cuddle their one-eyed miracle dog Gucci, who was a star on the — forgive me for this, doggies — “catwalk” during the fashion show. 
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Nervous about his stint on the catwalk, former Calgary Flames forward Craig Conroy gets a pep talk from his wife Jessie (L) and Calgary Humane Society board member Heather Edwards. 
 Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary Herald
Kristin Desilets and emcee Kyle Shewfelt with perfectly behaved pooch Cooper. 
 Alex Burroughs/For the Calgary Herald
Who says dog people and cat people can’t be friends? Honourary event chair Laureen Harper (L), who has two cats and a chinchilla at her 24 Sussex Drive home in Ottawa, with Calgary philanthropist Ann McCaig, owner of two lovable boxers. 
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Ian Thies of TD Securities (L) with Julia Kenny and Patrick Kenny of the National Bank. Julia prevailed in the matter of a designer doghouse in a spirited live auction. 
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Kerby Best (L) of ARC Resources enjoyed a girl’s night out with Kristin Paterson, Rachel Shepherd and Lindsay Hatcher. 
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Dog enthusiast and Alberta Ballet season ticket holder Gordon Dixon was thrilled to catch up with Alberta ballet dancers Nicole Caron and Emily Collier. 
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After strutting their stuff in the fashion show world champion bobsledder Christine Smith and Alberta Ballet dancers Alexandra Pera (L) and Reilly Bell hit the Hyatt’s decadent dessert table. 
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Jan Wittig (L) and Humane Society board member Jim Davidson with Wensa Macrae and Galyna Muchowski. 
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