Written by Phil Cerroni
By Jess Paniszczyn
Painted pumpkins graced every table and four legged companions searching for forever homes served as the guests of honor during the 2012 Black Collar Affair benefitting the DFW Humane Society at the Las Colinas Country Club on Oct. 27.
Christina Winters Gears was the event’s presenting sponsor.
“I’ve always loved animals, and I have four cats,” Winters Gears said. “I want everyone to support our animals, because they don’t have a choice. They are just there for us. We have a responsibility to support them in any way we can.
“My favorite part of the event is the pet parade. Volunteers bring around the little dogs, and they are so sweet and caring. It is so hard not to want to have every one of them go home with you.
“Every year the Black Collar becomes more and more successful. I encourage other people to join in next year.”
The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys and animal lover, Brad Sham, served as the evening’s emcee.
“Some of my friends are very involved with the Humane Society. I believe in the cause,” Sham said. “Animals are a great comfort, and they are great companions. Some of the animals cared for by the Humane Society need physical help, some of them just need a chance to love somebody.
“I love seeing the animals at this event and the pet parade. I really took to one of the animals in particular. It is the wrong time of year for me to be adding another pet, but I’m thinking about it anyway. He is a Dodson short-hair mix, and he’s a sweetheart.”
The evening was a great success for the DFW Humane Society and its long standing Executive Director, Sarah Kammerer.
“The Black Collar Affair is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it helps pull us out of the slow summer months,” Kammerer said. “Our focus is adoptions, but we have to sustain the animals throughout the year with the fundraising efforts.
“I always like the event’s slide show, because it shows the animals we have available for adoption, and that is what we are all about.”