GALVESTON — The 14th annual PAWS Gala, which benefits the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sept. 27 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

With the exciting theme “Disco PAWS: Stayin’ Alive,” this year’s event will honor Gene Hornstein, a longtime board member, past treasurer and supporter for the shelter.

Hornstein has been an active volunteer with the shelter for 19 years. Shelter friend Randall Petitt will be the master of ceremonies for the evening. Gala co-chairs are Michelle Beckwith and Cynthia McEldowney.

Guests will enjoy an open bar, dinner and dancing to Level One — one of the Houston area’s most popular bands.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. as guests view the lively disco-themed vignettes designed for the Elite Pet Owners.

This year’s EPO’s are Katie Brown, Ryanne Duzich, Vicki Lewis, Margo Markowitz, Stacey Mitchell, Gwyn Richardson, Jeannie Walser and Meg Winchester.

Designers for the vignettes include Connie Dryden, Hayley Hardcastle, Eddie Kier, Pamela Passino, Jim Nonus and The Events Co.

Keeping with the disco theme, guests can choose to dress up in disco duds or come island casual.

In addition to viewing the vignettes and visiting with the Elite Pet Owners, guests also will have the opportunity to bid on an incredible array of valuable silent auction items. Chair for this year’s Silent Auction is Sandy McReynolds.

Again this year, the shelter will be showcasing two shelter pets during the cocktail reception in a specially-designed vignette — alongside the Elite Pet Owners’ pets — in an effort to help more homeless animals find forever homes.

The winner of the EPO competition will be the parade marshall and honored as the king or queen of the 2015 Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade that is part of Galveston’s annual Mardi Gras festivities.

Tickets are $150 per person. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, call 409-740-1919 or visit

Reservation deadline is Sept. 17.

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