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A Night Out: Sugar & Champagne Affair
People and pets alike enjoyed a night of glamour and delicious treats from some of the area’s best pastry chefs.
Photos by Rachel Cothran.
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What: The sixth annual Sugar & Champagne Affair to benefit the Washington Humane Society. Two-legged attendees were encouraged to bring their four-legged friends, and both groups were treated to desserts from some of the area’s top pastry chefs. This year’s event honored WHS humane-law-enforcement and animal-control officers.
Where: The Galleria at Lafayette Center
When: Thursday, January 24, 7 to 9 PM
Who: The event was hosted by Ellen and Todd Gray of the DC restaurant Equinox. Miss District of Columbia, Chelsey Rodgers, coordinated a gold sparkling dress with her little pup’s attire, which proclaimed him a “gold digger,” while Apple, a four-month-old American foxhound up for adoption, was easy to spot in his orange vest. Traer Scott, author of the photo books Shelter Dogs and Street Dogs, signed copies.
Drink: Water bowls. Oh, and several Champagne distributors provided bubbly. Fabioli Vineyards poured its Raspberry Merlot dessert wine, Cricket Cola provided its own version of bubbly—green-tea sodas—and Illy coffee gave a jolt to those coming down from their sugar high.
Scene: About 400 people and 200 dogs wore only the finest outfits for this event. A black pug, Molly, donned a pink frilly dress that she last wore to her owners’ wedding. Another dog was wrapped in a zebra-striped vest, and a few others sparkled in rhinestone collars. Pink bows graced the heads of many female pooches, and a shaggy golden retriever wore a festive red bandana. The Galleria made for a dramatic setting with a split staircase and balcony; high ceilings and marble floors created acoustics that amplified barking and yapping—but luckily no growling. Most of the dogs, in fact, were playful and excited for the extra pampering. A silent auction included a number of dog-related baskets with toys, leashes, and dog bowls as well as artwork and gift certificates for cooking classes. Other items included rhinestone collars, politically inspired Bush Biskits, a T-shirt (for humans) that claimed “I sleep with dogs,” and heart-shaped dog treats. Halfway through the event, Lisa LaFontaine, president and CEO of WHS, lined up animal-control officers on the two staircases and honored each with a plaque. “Where else can you leave your diet behind and bring your dog along?” she asked.
Boldface names: 2 out of 5
Swankiness: 3.5 out of 5
Food and drink: 4 out of 5
Exclusivity: 1 out of 5
Total score: 11.5 out of 20
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