More than 500 dog lovers came to the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, adorned in black and white – with a few spots all over – to attend NOLA City Bark’s gala, “101 Donations” on Friday, August 21. Those who donated at least $1,000 received a charming Dalmatian cutout with their dog’s name on the collar. The dalmatians were on display at the event and will be hung on the dog park’s fence for the grand opening.

The evening began with music by Hap Pardo Jazz Trio, shortly followed local songwriter Paul Soniat who debuted a special song, “Take Your Bark to the Park,” and the evening ended with dancing to the Creole Stringbeans. Many items were up for auction at 101 Donations including: custom animal portraits, local pet-friendly hotel stays and even a dinner for 10 in one’s own home.

A spectacular cheese tray by Whole Foods, delicious pastas by Italian Fare, grilled vegetables and assortments by City Park Catering and desserts by McAllister’s Deli, Haydel’s Bakery and FanciCakes were at the event for all of the two-legged fans to nibble on. Unfortunately, doggie bags were not an option to bring home treats for the four-legged friends left at home with the dog sitter. Melius Bar & Café created the “Barktini,” NOLA CityBark’s own signature drink. The Bulldog supplied the beer for the evening.

With tickets at $101 each, 101 Donations raised a tremendous amount toward its ultimate goal of $500,000. Fundraising efforts for NOLA City Bark are still going on;

for more information visit www.nolacitybark.com.