Motown Soirée

LA/SPCA celebrates 33 years of “Howling Success.”
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Rosa Flores|!!| Keith B. Hall and Maline Levy

LA/SPCA held its 33rd annual “Howling Success” patron party and gala on Saturday, November 5. Co-chaired by Amy Early Schneider, Michelle Lee Hall and Chantel Laporte, this year’s Motown-themed event took place in the elegant Empire Ballroom at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Crystal centerpieces with silver accents dazzled throughout the room, where LA/SPCA supporters gathered among sleek white mid-century sofas and chic Motown décor. Original sketches created by artist Manuel Ponce and papier-mâché Motown cats and dogs created by artist Braiden Eilers greeted attendees at their tables, where they dined on creations from chefs John Besh and Brian Landry’s new restaurant, Borgne, and from over 30 other New Orleans restaurants.

The evening also included an auction with items ranging from a trip to Africa to art created by John Marc Anderson, and entertainment by Wanda Rouzan of HBO’s “Treme,” A Taste of New Orleans Band and the Big Easy Groovers Dance Band. Special guests included John Besh, who signed his newest book with proceeds going to the LA/SPCA, chef Brian Landry, actress Jennifer Finnigan, director Johnathan Silverman and others.

In addition to the evening’s festivities, the 2011 Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian Award was presented to the New Orleans City Council and the Mayor’s Office. As a result of the efforts of the honorees during the past two years, the first Intact Dog Ordinance in Louisiana was passed.

Through the efforts of the 800 attendees and the contributions of supporters throughout the year, nearly $170,000 was raised for the nonprofit.

Event at a glance
What: “Howling Success” patron party and gala, benefiting the LA/SPCA
When: Saturday, November 5
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel