JUANA: It was April Fool’s Day too, but we didn’t fool anybody. We really had a Gala. It was our first Gala ever.
I want to start with our shelter. Most of our full-time employees are off on Saturdays. We usually only have part-timers on Saturdays. That enables most of our full-time staff to have Saturdays off. In order for us to be part of the Gala and bring some dogs to the Gala, so our guests could meet them, everybody had to work. No one had this special day off. Some crewmembers worked at the shelter and some brought our dogs to Dallas. Three ladies from our staff, Sherri, Maci and Shelby came to help with the Gala setup and to greet our guests. Ronnie and Stephanie were the drivers, who dressed up four of our dogs and brought them to Dallas. Then they brought them back to our shelter and fed them and put them back in their kennels. George, Wayne and George Jr. worked at the shelter with Stormy and Colleen, who are part-timers. Joseph only worked here for about a month, but he was here that day. At this point in time, he was still with us. We had full coverage at the shelter through the day and through the Gala. Sherri, Maci and Shelby got back home about 1:00 in the morning, because we were at the Gala cleaning up until late. We really want to thank our crew. Everybody did such an excellent job. We took a few pictures at the Gala. This is a report about out shelter and David will add the photos that we took at the Gala at the end of this report.
Our Gala Chair, Linda Arnold, will have a special written report with lots of wonderful pictures from the Gala and she will also thank everybody.
Back at the shelter, George Jr. was working in kennels. We didn’t skip anything. We had it covered.
BILL: I wonder if Brian was always lying on his back in the sun.
JUANA: When Brian and Natalie first came inside, they were scared. But, as soon as they realized that they were going to sleep indoors in a big fluffy bed, they loved it. They know the routine and they run outside and then the sit at the door and wait to come inside. They run to their spot and sit and wait for their cookies. They are adorably cute.
We didn’t get any pictures of Wayne-O. George didn’t take a lot of pictures.
We took pictures at the Gala on our cell phones. (David will add the pictures later). We left our shelter around noon. Stephanie and Ronnie took four doggies. Bill and I rode with Sherri, Shelby and Maci. The Gala was amazing! You would never know that it was Straydog’s first Gala, because it was so professionally done. Linda Arnold and her sister Susie did such an amazing job and it was the most amazing Gala. David Rentz was a big help too. We got to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at 2:00 to bring things in and help set up. The museum was open until 5:00 and we couldn’t set up any earlier than 2:00. There were still museum guests there until 5:00. We had to be set up by 5:30, because our guests started arriving at 6:00. All of our guests would never know that we set up until the last minute and we were busy right up until the end. Our crew and volunteers had to change for the Gala in the bathrooms there. It was the most beautiful event and we raised a lot of money for our shelter. We rolled out a proposal for a new master care building and it’s a beautiful building. We will talk about that more and more.
Our wonderful supporter Mr. Don Christopher brought his architect Mr. Phil, who drove up from Houston, and they presented this proposal. And Dr. Larsen did such an amazing job of encouraging everyone to believe in what we do. Our guest speaker was Dale Hansen, who donated his time, and he was fabulous. Everyone asked how we got him. If you know Linda Arnold, you know that she can be very persuasive and Dale Hansen is an animal lover. He did such a great job and he brought us a lot of attention. Everything was so well done. We haven’t had any complaints from our guests. We had gracious guests, the most delicious food, fabulous live and silent auctions, great entertainment and an all around outstanding evening. Our volunteers, David Bonski, Sally Hoover, the Diamonds, the Bollingers, Debra Carpenter and Todd, Linda Rentz, Dianna Smoot, Carole Walsh, Buddy Smith, our crew and so many others, did a great job of setting up. Our niece and nephew, Peter and Susan, and all of the fabulous employees from First Equipment did such an amazing job of check-in and check-out. The Diamonds and our crew stayed to thank everybody on the way out and give them a wag bag with doggie ice cream and a Straydog newsletter. We are afraid that we are leaving out so many people, who gave of their time and talents to make this Gala a success. We can’t thank all of you enough. Linda’s report is coming soon with tons of photos.
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