On the last eve of the year’s first month, hundreds of Washington Humane Society friends gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the 12th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair, once again hosted by Chef Todd Gray & Ellen Kassoff Gray (Equinox Restaurant, Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art & Salamander Resort).
This sweet yearly event brings together pomp and circumstance, fluff and bubbles, and cake and K-9’s all toÂ honor the city’s local crusaders against animal cruelty: Washington Humane Societyâ€™s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Care & Control Officers, and Humane Educators. The finest pastry chefs meet up with some of the best bubbles and marry them together, you’ve got quite a dessert to remember.
This year, WHS also honored “Humane Heroes” who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals in the District and who have shown tremendous support for our programs and services. These award recipients have proven their commitment to and support of WHS. Â The list includes:Â Local Professional Athlete -Stephen Strasburg;Â Education-Officer Arthur G. Douglas Jr.;Â Media Personality-Matt Jablow;Â Field Services-Officer John Carruthers;Â Lifetime Achievement-Marie Drissel;Â Corporate Citizen-The Home Depot;Â Local Business-Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers.Â
As usual, people brought along their pups and posed for the cameras. The night brought in over $100,000. Â Here are some of the best of the best pix:
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.