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Hand-In-Paw’s Picasso Pets Debut & Auction was Aug. 14 at Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Animal and human artists’ paintings were auctioned off to benefit Hand-In-Paw, Birmingham’s nationally-recognized animal-assisted therapy organization.
Honorary Chairs of this year’s Picasso Pets were Katie and Jim Lasker. Rob and Jeannine from the new Magic 96.5 Morning Show returned as emcees for the event. Ken Jackson was once again the event’s auctioneer.
Presenting their pets this year were: Randy Averett, Tom and Sheree Acheson, Aimee Burgess, Rosemary and Greg Greaves, Holli Hargrove, Debbie Holden, Jay and Denise Hoyle, Mallie Ireland and daughter Frances Nichols, Martin and Angie Jones, Katie and Jim Lasker, John and Preston Moore, Joy and Emmet O’Neal, Betsy and John Saxon, Lora and Mark Spencer, Carter Hughes and Paget Pizitz and Joe O’Donnell.
Aiding the presenters’ animals in the creation of their paintings were artists: Mary Margaret Binkley, Beth Bradley, Arthur Price, Patrice Brunet, David Stellers, Bob McKenna, Lila Graves, Linda Ellen Price, She She, Sue Ellen Brown, Leah Dodd, Ann Phillips, Connie Crow, Bo Berry, and Dustin Stridiron.
Special guests of the evening included: Jim and Katie Lasker, Wayne and Tina Willard, founder of Hand-In-Paw Beth Franklin, Lisa Thompson Smith, Paget Pizitz, Emmet and Joy O’Neal, sculptor Frank Fleming, YWCA representatives, sponsorship chair Mallie Ireland and Jill Beninato, creator of the promotional pieces for this year’s event.