“101 Donations Goes Western: Happy Tails to You” raised funds for City Bark to provide various structural improvements, including a bone-shaped sand pit in the center of the large dog area, automatic gate closures, annual hill repair and re-sodding as well as security improvements. Sue Guarisco and Jackie Shreves were event chairs.
The event took place at Popp Fountain across from the dog park. Guests arrived decked out in Western attire. The decorations committee carried out the Western theme with a life-size horse surrounded by bales of hay at the entrance, mason jars filled with daisies, cowboy hats and paisley scarves.
The Fleas, headed by permit holder Matthew Schrenk, greeted guests on his keyboard at the entrance. The Prescriptions, a combination of medical, clergy and educators who are all NOLA City Bark’s permit holders, provided music from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including dog songs such as “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,” “Hound Dog” and others.
City Park Catering provided a host of barbecue items, and New Orleans Ice Cream Company brought dessert. Alyssa Gele provided cookies in the shape of Dalmatians. Libations featured a signature cocktail, The Blue Mongrel from The Velvet Cactus, amongst other beer and wine selections.
The hot auction item of the night was dinner for six at Galatoire’s chef Michael Sichel’s home, who just happens to be a frequent user of the dog park. Another popular item was Bevelo gas lanterns designed by Andrew Asprodites, another dog park permit holder. The auction included many dog-themed items and local art.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “101 Donations Goes Western: Happy Tails to You,” benefiting NOLA City Bark
When: Friday, August 21
Where: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain