Paws Cause 2015 20th Anniversary Celebration was an Unforgettable Summer Celebration

L-R: James Bias, Phyllis Comu, Mary Spencer, Russell Dealey

On Sunday, June 14, the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 20th Anniversary Celebration at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center brought more than 300 animal lovers together to benefit the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair. The event attendees were welcomed with elegantly tropical décor, beautiful sunshine, bright flowers and puppies galore.

Inside, guests enjoyed gourmet burger sliders and a mashed potato bar, imbibed luscious libations--including the signature Whiskerita and the Tailwagging Rum Punch, danced the night away to classic rock hits played by The British are Coming, took part in the Bone Appetite drawing and had their pictures snapped at a fun photo booth.

The Silent Auction tempted attendees with fine art, spa treatments, pet care products, travel packages, delicious wines, fine jewelry and more. Celebrity ChefBlythe Beck offered a very special silent auction package that included five-course chef tasting dinner for eight.

Paws Cause 2015 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Event Chair Phyllis Comu and Committee Members Andie Comini, Gianna DePaul, Kristen Greenberg, Mary Lozano, Kassira McKee, Christina Miller, Kerry Sullivan, Linda Walters, Mindy Wood and Karen Urie.

The event raised more than $200,000 for the SPCA of Texas Clinic at Village Fair. These much-needed funds will help provide more than 11,000 free and low cost surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2015. All proceeds from the Paws Cause event benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and fund spay and neuter efforts in the Dallas community. The compassionate, mission-minded volunteers of Paws Cause have been assisting the SPCA of Texas for a total of more than 20 years, and their work has saved thousands of lives.

Attendees included hosts Phyllis and CJ Comu, Presenting Sponsor Russell E. Dealey, Jan Rees-Jones, SPCA of Texas Board Chair Jocelyn White, Ellen and Don Winspear, Diane and Hal Brierley, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Marsha and Richard Gray, Mary and Skip Trimble, Hillary Hurst and Mark Schwarz, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Mary Spencer, Holly Forsythe, Katy Murray, Celebrity Chef Blythe Beck and SPCA of Texas President James Bias.

To celebrate its 20th year, Paws Cause recognized past Event and Honorary Chairs. The Honorary Chairs include: Jane Arrington, Rebecca & Jim Belew, Diane & Hal Brierley, Andie Comini, Terry Cook & Steve Yevich, Wynne McNabb Cunningham, Cassie Evans Decker, Barbara & Steve Durham, Gwen Echols, Holly Forsythe, Janelle & Larry Friedman, Gemma Galeoto, Brenda Gray, Claire Heymann, Hillary Hurst, Susan Jones, Whitney Keltch, Stacey & Don Kivowitz, Lynn Knox, Ann Marcus, T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens, Sarah Potter*dearly missed, Martha & Larry Powell, Melinda & William Rathke, Gigi & Roy Salley, Mary Spencer, Mary & “Skip” Trimble, Karen Urie, Karol Wilson, Cheryl Wyly.

Sponsors for Paws Cause 2015 include: Presenting Sponsor: Russell E. Dealey; Exclusive Luxury Print Media Sponsor: PaperCity Magazine; Platinum Sponsors: The Durham Family Foundation, Wendy & Joe Luby and Mary Spencer; Gold Sponsors: Diane & Hal Brierley, Gwen & Leldon Echols, Marsha Pendleton-Gray & Richard Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Doyle Hartman, Jack Knox and Mary & “Skip” Trimble; Silver Sponsors: Phyllis & CJ Comu, Friedman & Feiger, LLC, Holly Forsythe, Hillary Hurst & Mark Schwarz, Stacey & Don Kivowitz, James Perry/Trinity Industries, Inc. and Whole Foods; Bronze Sponsors: Jenna Alexander, Rebecca & Jim Belew, Annabelle Brown, Nancy & Gene Carter, Andie Comini, Lynn Connor/Pet Paradise Resort, Joe Pacetti, Pam Ragon, Deedie & Rusty Rose, Gigi & Roy Salley, D'Andra Simmons & Jeremy Lock, Mr. & Mrs. Walter M. Priddy, Carmen & Thomas Surgent/Highland Capital Management, Karen Urie, Sandra Urie & Frank Herron, Robert C. & Fallon B. Vaughn and Ellen Winspear.

Special thanks to: Carlo Barone, One Bar USA; Kristina Bowman Photography; Faye Briggs; Bryan Bush; CJ Comu, EarthWater, PLC; Justin Erickson, The Patrón Spirit Company; Food Glorious Food; Infinium Spirits; Steve Kemble; Catherine Kemp, Jimmy Choo; Shane Walker & Billy Fulmer, Flower Reign; Kristen & Scott Greenberg and Abraham Salum & Randy Katz, Salum.

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 Event Chair

Phyllis Comu

Honorary Chairs

Jane Arrington
Rebecca & Jim Belew
Diane & Hal Brierley
Andie Comini
Terry Cook & Steve Yevich
Wynne McNabb Cunningham
Barbara & Steve Durham
Cassie Evans Decker
Gwen Echols
Holly Forsythe
Janelle & Larry Friedman
Gemma Galeoto
Brenda Gray
Claire Heymann
Hillary Hurst
Susan Jones
Whitney Keltch
Stacey & Don Kivowitz
Lynn Knox
Ann Marcus
T. Boone Pickens
Madeleine Pickens
Martha & Larry Powell
Gigi & Roy Salley
Sarah Potter*dearly missed
Melinda & William Rathke
Mary Spencer
Mary & “Skip” Trimble
Karen Urie
Karol Wilson
Cheryl Wyly