Katie Gibson with Daphne and Clementine (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Frances Moody & Tony Buzbee joined forces in 2019 to chair the Citizens for Animal Protection gala, which resulted in record proceeds of close to $800,000.(Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Standing: Roger & Debbie Clemens, Callie Clemens. Seated: Kody Clemens with Cy, Jan Wilde, Koby Clemens with Lobo (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Meredith Flores with George at the 2019 Citizens for Animal Protection gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Lance McCullers Jr. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Civic leader and philanthropist Paul G. Somerville for whom the Legacy Award was named with his wife, Kristina. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Nancy & Franco Valobra (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Electro violinist Svet (Photo by Jacob Power)
Will Brookshire, Naudia Luviano (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Suzanne Young Klein, Edna Meyer Nelson and Beau (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Beth Wolff with Dandy (Photo by Jacob Power)
Samantha & Raz Halili (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Marian & Austin Cornelius (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Katie Tsuru, Bailey Tsuru, Rachel Brandtly (Photo by Jacob Power)
Carol and Bill Simmons (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Gloria & Frank Mezaros, Lance McCullers Jr. (Photo by Jacob Power)
Delaney, Reagan and Rilley Bond with Hazel, June and Speedy (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Dave & Laura Ward Houston Children's Charity CEO (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Gaylon & Don Gullquist (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Christine & Steve Johnson (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Cherry Whitley, Stephanie Hill (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Chad & Jennifer Pinkerton (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Brook & Julie Brookshire (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Sherri Fulton, Kappy Muenzer (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Nick & Sandi Mercado (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
The 2019 CAP Elite Honorees ( Photo by Jacob Power)
It was an exceptional evening when Citizens for Animal Protection celebrated at its 33rd annual Celebrity Paws Gala with canine-loving VIPs such as Roger Clemens, mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, Houston It Girls Frances Moody and Meredith Flores, Lance McCullers Jr., and K9s4Cops founder Kristi Schiller. And it was unprecedented for record proceeds of almost $800,000, a whopping record for CAP.
Before entering the main ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel for dinner and the program, guests, 650 strong, rambled through the foyer and the reception hall where costumed characters reminded all that the evening’s theme was “A Royal Affair, Reigning Cats and Dogs.” J&D Entertainment provided the royalty while female supporters did their share by donning tiaras. Featured in the reception hall was the full house of honorees posing with their canine pals in specially-designed vignettes.
The list of CAP honorees — Debbie and Roger Clemens, Callie and Koby Clemens, Kody Clemens, Meredith Flores, Kristi Schiller, Katie Gibson, Samantha and Raz Halili, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Jennifer and Chad Pinkerton, Kristina Somerville, Beth Wolff and junior honorees sisters Reagan, Rilley and Delaney Bond. Taking top honors as Celebrity Pet(s) of the Year were Daphne and Clementine, proudly escorted by Katie Gibson.
Faithful dog lovers, Buzbee and Moody (who have five pooches between them) chaired the event that featured the honorees on the catwalk with their canines, along with the introduction of several rescue dogs. The duo was joined in the spotlight by honorary chairs Julie and Brook Brookshire.
Numerous awards were presented including the Share the Love Award which went to the Astros’ McCullers, whose namesake foundation focuses on pet adoptions and shelters. Special entertainment was electro violinist SVET of America’s Got Talent fame.
PC Seen: Emcee Frank Billingsley of KPRC Channel 2, Cherry Whitley, Sherri Fulton, Gaylon and Don Gullquist, Melna and Mike Moriarty, Paul Somerville, Patricia and Sig Cornelius, Gregory Miller, Laura and Dave Ward, Linda Schmuck and Todd Zucker, Nancy and Franco Valobra, Liz and Pete Carragher, Marian and Austin Cornelius, Renee and Alan Helfman, CAP executive director emeritus Kappy Muenzer and CAP executive director Sandi Mercado.