By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Frances Del Duca

WHO: 855 guests, including gala chairs Sarah McKean, Stefania Romoff, and Cindy Russell; Gina and John Carlos; Gina and David Pferdehirt; Kimberly and Terrance Krysinski; Debbie and Jimmy Campbell; Janine and Robert Fragasso; Mary Ann Bogosta; Andrea Curtis; Matthew Monsour; Chris Pfanstiel; Niki Walker; Dustin Hook; and Deb Doyle

WHAT: Animal Friends’ 20th Annual Black Tie & Tails Gala benefited the organization’s commitment to promoting the animal-human bond and nurturing relationships with companion animals, which are guided by compassion. A record-setting $809,000 was raised!

WHERE: Animal Friends Headquarters

HIGHLIGHTS: The event honored the plain-clothed superheroes of the Animal Friends community with two nights of live music, gourmet food, and — of course — plenty of schmoozing with resident dogs, cats, and rabbits!

“The best part of the event, for us, was being able to honor a 60-year employee, Eula Houston, as our event honorary chair. She began her career at Animal Friends in 1957 as a kennel attendant, ensuring the animals under her care were not just provided the basics like food, water, and a warm place to sleep, but that they were treated as individuals with dignity, love, and respect.” — Shannon Tremblay, director of communications for Animal Friends

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