About 1,000 guests turned out to support the Greater Birmingham Humane Society at a Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser in February.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s third annual Jazz Cat Ball, presented by John 3:16, was held Feb. 22 at Old Car Heaven in Birmingham.
Those attending danced to the music of Streetkar, sampled food from 12 Birmingham restaurants in a Cajun cook-off event and browsed a silent auction with more than 200 items.
The fundraiser also featured a gaming casino and a live auction that included a Thomas Andrew Findlay painting.
Vanessa Vienna carried out the theme by decorating the venue with Mardi Gras masks, feathers and beads. Guests had their pictures taken by Kenwyn Alexander.
GBHS Auxiliary President Tricia Preston and event chairman Missy Ellis presented the 2014 Jazz Cat Ball king and queen, Scott Register and Karen Wood.
Other event chairmen included Ramona Graffeo, event co-chairman and GBHS director of development; Carol Coppock, corporate sponsor chairman; Shelia Portman, silent auction chairman; Amanda Bates, silent auction co-chairman and GBHS donor relations administrator; Nancy Ellis, communications and GBHS director of marketing and branding; Hailey Rogers, GBHS events and communication; and Mary-Grace Wilson, GBHS volunteer coordinator.
Karen Swann and Kevin Burke were this year’s Ambassadors of the Schaeffer Royal Court.
Monty Todd of Birmingham’s Spoon & Ladle Soup Co. won this year’s Cajun Cook-off at the Jazz Cat Ball.
Others attending the third annual event included Chick Preston, Ian Oliver, Colleen Oliver, Joan Reich, Mary Ellen Capps, Donna Hightower, Sandra Gillis, Erica Tolbert, Donna O’Brien, Mike O’Brien, Sara Ann Polhemus, Lauren Schwartz, Mary Margaret Autry, Abby Boone, Paul DeMarco and Jacqueline DeMarco.