Three generations of animal lovers! Brittany Bailey, left, Ann Bailey and little Kennerly.
It was hot. But with the combination of a lovely setting, food by the fabulous Holly Hambright, drink service by The Pour Guys, Americana music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and a cause that anybody can get behind, there was nowhere we’d rather have been.
The occasion was Cause for Paws, an annual fundraiser benefiting Young-Williams Animal Center. It was held in the beautiful Sequoyah Hills gardens of Steve and Ann Bailey, the in-laws of Brittany Bailey, a Young-Williams board member who was chair of the event.
Oh, and the silent and live auctions weren’t bad, either!
Last year, Young-Williams Animal Center took in 10,059 animals. Of those, 5,824 were adopted out to forever homes. In addition, others were placed through partner rescue groups, and 1,591 lost pets were reunited with their owners. Also, 1,243 animals went to foster homes for healing, extra growing time or socialization. Young-Williams Animal Center provided low-cost spay/neuter surgeries on 9,894 animals. See what I mean about a good cause?
From left, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Janet Testerman, her sister, Muffet Buckner, Jimmy Buckner, Janet Testerman Crossley and Lady Vols Head Basketball Coach Holly Warlick.
Cliff and Jacque Hawks with emcee Dino Cartwright, right.
From left, John Duncan III and Jennifer Duncan, Lauren Galyon and Lindsay Russell.
Young-Williams board member Patrick Birmingham with Christina Harrill, left, and Charity Wilson.
Steve Bailey and Mary Ellen Brewington.
Natalie and Marshall Stair.
Whitfield Bailey, right, and Rusty Russell.
Mickey Mallonee, left, and Young-Williams board chair Ellen Adcock.
This is Patches from Young-Williams.
Volunteer Annabelle Kerr with another Young-Williams denizen.
Courtney Kliman and Alan Carmichael. Courtney is Young-Williams’ marketing manager.
From left, Melinda Ethier, Holly Warlick, Jackie Ansley and Jim Ethier.
Bill Pittman, left, Tina Rolen and Francis Norris.
Siblings George Wilson and Madge Cleveland.
Janet with her hubby, Joey Creswell.
Holy cow, the food was great!
This is one of my favorite appetizers that Holly does: pissaladiere with artichokes, capers, green olives, pesto and Parmesan. Yum.
Ham and cheese sandwiches with peach butter!
Pretty bird bath.
Time to move under the tent!
I thought the white flowers added sort of a cooling effect.
But the fans REALLY helped.
Loved the Tommie Rush vase in the silent auction.
And this Gay Street picture by Bruce McCamish.
Bill Regas and Janet Testerman Crossley coming in to take their seats.
Sharon Laing, seated, Kay Clayton and Bob Lederer already were claiming seats.
Joe McCamish and Cheryl Masur were shopping in the silent auction.
Pistol Creek Catch of the Day.
My tablemates: Scott Bishop and Michelle Jenkins.
Scott is the proprietor of Westwood Antique & Design Market. He has a set of china that I’ve been looking at for years. “I just don’t need another set of china,” I told him. “We don’t buy things because we need them,” he imparted. “We buy them because we must have them or we will surely die!”
Another comment from Scott: “I’ve always found that trying to be good is a losing proposition!” (I’m glad I sat beside him!)
Then the live auction started! Here’s emcee Dino Cartwright and auctioneer Fred Northup Jr.
Kay was getting in on the action!
A serious bidder, Sharon went home with a skybox at Thompson-Boling Arena for the Georgia vs. Tennessee basketball game with 14 tickets, catering and a stocked bar! You go, Sharon!
A fun, fun night.