ST. FRANCISVILLE — More than 400 people turned out at Hemingbough on Saturday for the third annual Wags and Whiskers Gala benefiting the West Feliciana Animal Humane Society and the James L. “Bo” Bryant Animal Shelter.
The crowd enjoyed food, beverages and a number of activities, including a “Fetch and Run” dash, a wine toss, a “smooch-a-pooch” kissing booth, a photo booth, a silent auction featuring nearly 150 items and a live auction with 11 items. Rescue animals were available for petting and adoption.
Entertainment included a humorous skit featuring The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” along with music by the Delta Drifters.
Most poignant was a brief talk by military veteran Jared Heine, who shared the story of a special bond with his dog Spike and how the two were reunited after returning to the U.S. after serving together in Afghanistan.
Their inspirational story has made national headlines.
Chairwoman Valerie Koubek and co-chairwoman Pat Heurtin began organizing the event in February with a committee of 10 and many more volunteers.
The women estimate between $25,000 and $30,000 was raised at this year’s fundraiser, held for the first time at Hemingbough, beating $17,000 the first year and $21,000 the second year.
“This community has been unbelievably generous,” Heurtin said. “They have donated stuff and showed up at the gala to spend money for this worthy cause.”