In the competition for the event with the punniest name, Raise the Woof—a benefit for MSPCA-Angell—ranks fairly high on the list. Party animals, their pets and the people who love them turned out in full force for the evening at the BCA’s Cyclorama, which was transformed into a combination dog park and dinner party for the occasion.
Present and accounted for: Uber-philanthropists and honorees Chad and Anne Gifford with their kids, son Charlie and his wife Betsey, daughter Jessica Nigrelli (a board member) and her husband Andrew, and their absurdly handsome son-in-law Stephen DeVincent (whose husband Rufus was unavoidably absent), co-chairs Bruce and Lynn Dayton and Nancy and Bruce Goldie, design avatar Patrick Planeta and his smoldering other half, Santiago Varela, the fun-loving foursome of Evelyn and Michael Treacy and Michael Carter and David Rousseau, the former’s red-headed wild child, Hunter, Bloomingdale’s hottie Matt Dunphy, glowing newlyweds Alice and George Lewis VI, his father, the V, with gorgeous wife Claudine, wily investor Michael Winter and his hot redhead, Deb Goldberg, everyday superhero John Rosenthal and the lovely Mo, improbably tall couple Katie and Onnie Mayshak, Brookline hipsters Neal and Susan Heffron, and one woman who, when asked why she hadn’t brought along her dogs, pointed at her husband and said, “One is enough.” A number of tangled leashes led to a few spilled cocktails, and there was a teacup poodle in a baby stroller, but the yapping of the dogs was nothing compared to the yapping of the humans.
The evening’s best exchange: Upon learning that one woman had nine dogs, four cats and two horses, a guest said, “How do you deal with all the noise?”
“After three children,” she answered, “it’s like a day at the beach.” ◆
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