DoveLewis Gala Raises More Than $288,000 to Support Local Pets

Portland's finest gather for a cocktail reception and silent auction to kick off the evening. ©K&K Graphics

Portland's finest gather for a cocktail reception and silent auction to kick off the evening. ©K&K Graphics

It was a night to remember. Over 400 animal lovers packed the house at Portland Art Museum Nov. 9 to enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions — and the perennial favorite, the Boutiques Unleashed fashion show featuring couture “for both ends of the leash” — and to raise funds for DoveLewis nonprofit Emergency Animal Hospital.

The sold-out event raised over $288,000 for DoveLewis’s Unrestricted Fund, which supports the hospital’s donor-funded community programs, including one of the nation’s largest volunteer-based animal blood banks, a nationally recognized pet loss support program, 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray, abused and wild animals, and financial assistance for low-income families.

Shannon Gregory in Mabel and Zora and Rojo in LexiDog.  ©Erik Schultz

Shannon Gregory in Mabel and Zora and Rojo in LexiDog.  ©Erik Schultz

KPTV personalities Kimberly Maus and Wayne Garcia emceed the event, which featured runway celebrities including KGW’s Drew Carney, K103FM’s morning radio personalities Bruce Murdock, John Erickson and Janine Wolf, KOIN’s Jenny Hansson, and The Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Principal Ballerina Alison Roper.

In total, 22 animals and 26 humans modeled a variety of trendy looks.  Delighted guests looked on as dogs, cats and a therapy llama named Rojo strutted in style.  Rojo also delighted attendees with an impromptu “kissing station” in the lobby. Guests were provided a carrot slice to put in their mouths, which Rojo would exchange for a smooch. Resulting photos were posted on DoveLewis’ and Rojo’s websites and were widely shared through social media.

Following tradition, each year brings a surprise model; this year a six-month-old Nigerian Dwarf Goat named Azazyel. The adorable goat paraded a one-of-a-kind ensemble designed by Lifetime’s Project Runway winner Seth Aaron Henderson.

Those unable to attend can still support DoveLewis online at DoveLewis.org.  For details about future DoveLewis events and workshops, visit DoveLewis.org