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NCSPCA's first Mardi Paws event celebrated

Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 04:30 pm
Eventgoers and Niagara County SPCA staff members enjoy the first Mardi Paws Masquerade Ball held on Fat Tuesday. From left, are Janelle Harris, Dominique Keller, Lauren Zaninovich and Stacy Rainey. (Photos by Kristen Musick-Cake)
Eventgoers and Niagara County SPCA staff members enjoy the first Mardi Paws Masquerade Ball held on Fat Tuesday. From left, are Janelle Harris, Dominique Keller, Lauren Zaninovich and Stacy Rainey. (Photos by Kristen Musick-Cake)

More than 150 people gathered at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls on "Fat Tuesday" to celebrate the Niagara County SPCA's first Mardi Paws Masquerade Ball. The event featured live entertainment, music, Louisiana eats, Cajun cocktails, a silent auction and other Mardi-Gras-inspired offerings.

All proceeds generated from the event support the NCSPCA.

"We wanted to put on a really different kind of an event, and we most assuredly did!" said Polla Milligan, director of marketing and development for the NCSPCA. "There were wonderful, quirky performances, a very unique silent auction, terrific food and desserts. We had three Niagara County wineries, which participated in our wine tastings, and the venue was perfect! I believe we connected with a lot of new attendees who went away feeling good and delighted they came."

Illusionist Don Rogers and the Backwoods Cloggers were among the night's performers.

Erica Brecher of WGRZ-TV Channel 2 served as the master of ceremonies.

Milligan said Mardi Paws is planned to be an annual event for the NCSPCA.

Louisiana-inspired hors d'oeuvres and Cajun cocktails were served up at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls for Mardi Paws.

Louisiana-inspired hors d'oeuvres and Cajun cocktails were served up at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls for Mardi Paws.

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