Down With the Dogs
A tropical luau brought 200 patrons out to support NOLA City Bark.
Co-Chair Dean Howard, NOLA City Bark Board Member Monica Frois and Bruce and Founding Board Member Jackie Shreves
Photographed by Kenny Martinez
Hawaiian leis and handcrafted palm trees lined the entrance of NOLA City Bark’s tropical bash, the bi-annual “Bow Wow Luau.”
Tables were set with fresh pineapples, brightly colored overlays, palm leaves, coconut shells and tropical plants to set the festive tone. City Park Catering delighted guests with a cochon de lait, coconut shrimp, Hawaiian meatballs and salads, plus luau bone-shaped sugar cookies from Essie’s Sparkling Confections. Drinks included Port Orleans Brewing and Velvet Cactus Canine Kahuna cocktails.
The Fleas three-piece band greeted guests as they arrived. The house band was made up of NOLA City Bark members in the medical field, naming themselves “The Prescriptions.”
Auction highlights included a drawing by artist Shirly Rabe Masinter, a handmade dog quilt by Mary Padury, a James Michalopoulos framed and signed limited edition print and a Becky Fos print.
Dean Howard and Scott Discon served as Event Chairs.
Over 2,000 gate openings per week results in tremendous wear and tear on the dog park by our dog friends. New Orleans City Park, a self-sustaining entity with no city-designated operating funds, relies on dog park annual permits and the “Bow Wow Luau” to help pay for ongoing improvements, major repairs and capital projects for NOLA City Bark.
Event at a Glance
What: 101 Donations presented “Bow Wow Luau,” benefiting NOLA City Bark
When: Saturday, August 19
Where: Arbor Room at City Park
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