On Tuesday July 26th, McCormick and Schmicks in Northpark hosted a HOT party, and I do mean HOT (think July in Texas), benefiting Paws in the City (PITC). Guests with pets, and adoption dogs looking for homes, were kept cool on the patio with buckets of ice water delivered regularly by waiters. Live music, cocktails and doggy treats were enjoyed on the patio while guests fawned over Greyhound rescues, a delivery of new pups and breeds of all kinds needing families. The party spilled over into the bar area where patrons enjoyed the air conditioning. Such a good turnout inspired the manager to give a percentage of net proceeds from entire event rather than from the “greensheet” menu, as originally planned. Paws in the City founder, Tara Harper of Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas was pleasantly surprised and both parties agreed to do it again.
Paws in the City was founded in June of 2005, with a mission to rescue dogs and cats from the City of Dallas Shelter,who were being euthanized at a rate of almost 30,000 a year. Their fundraisers are some of the most unique and fun in town! In our current recession, when most charities are suffering through a drop in donations, funds have nearly doubled along with volunteer base and the number of animals saved. Due in part to the much anticipated to annual event Top Hat and Tails, which sells out every year and features local celebrities in a ‘Dancing with the Stars” type of contest. With Tara’s new reality show to be aired on August 15, no doubt the group’s revenue will continue to increase! Will we see Tara and the PITC gang in action? Will cast members attend some of her events? She’s not saying, so we’ll have to tune in to Most Eligible Dallas on Bravo to find out!