Photo by Hillary Leeb
Lucy is a new addition to the Washington Humane Society, and is waiting to get adopted.
Lucy is a new addition to the Washington Humane Society, and is waiting to get adopted.
Narly (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Narly
From the outside, Wednesday night’s event wasn’t out of the ordinary. Men and women were dressed in cocktail attire, the venue was gorgeous, the food was out of this world, but the best part was what was going on below the knee. Wednesday evening was the 11th annual Sugar & Champagne Affair benefiting the Washington Humane Society so the most honored of guests were the furry rescue friends (some in costumes) that attendees brought along.
 
Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of the Equinox and Watershed Restaurants hosted the party at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. It started at 6:00 pm with a VIP Chef’s Tasting Room including samples from restaurants like 1789, Restaurant Eve, and Kushi.
 
Kristina Daggs and Allison Cooke with Fender and Ruby Girl (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Kristina Daggs and Allison Cooke with Fender and Ruby Girl
The general reception began at 7:00 pm and lasted well past the designated end-time of 9:00 pm as guests remained eager to sample the incredible desserts from participating restaurants. Jason Reaves, winner of the TV Food Network Challenge last year, designed the appropriately-themed animal cake for the Sugar and Champagne event. Other stellar desserts included a Mango Mousse from The Daily Dish, Champagne Cupcakes from Sticky Fingers, and S’More cones from Mussel Bar. Hundreds of rescue dogs were also present and mingling with the party-goers and their canine friends.
Champagne Cupcakes at Sticky Fingers (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Champagne Cupcakes at Sticky Fingers
Lisa LaFontaine, Washington Humane Society’s President and CEO, honored various members of Law Enforcement, Animal Control Officers, and Humane Educators for the work they’ve done towards improving the quality of life for all rescue animals.
 
It was impossible not to try and play with all the dogs passing by, and with each dog “meet and greet” we got to hear the story of their rescue, and how different their life would have been without the Washington Human Society.
 
One of the cutest moments was watching a Great Dane puppy, who had been abandoned on the side of a road, before being brought to the Washington Humane Society, meet a full grown Great Dane dog named Casillas. It was the typical “Aw” moment as the two played together with Casillas growing very protective, very quickly of her newly adopted daughter.
Kristen Qumsieh with Casillas and the Great Dane puppy (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Kristen Qumsieh with Casillas and the Great Dane puppy
 

For more information on the Washington Humane Society visit their website.

Kathy Vellenga and Jennifer Gardner with Twiggy (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Kathy Vellenga and Jennifer Gardner with Twiggy

The crowd at the Sugar & Champagne Affair (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) The crowd at the Sugar & Champagne Affair

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Alix Sundquist

What a lovely affair for such a good cause - I wish I had been there!

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