Philanthropic culinaries Chef Todd and Ellen Grey hosted the 12th annual Sugar & Champagne Affair Thursday evening at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center to honor the Washington Humane Society‘s Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Control Officers, Humane Educators and community Humane Heroes.
The sold out event, which featured animal enthusiasts and their four legged friends — all dressed and groomed for a festive gathering — showcased pours and plates from some 80 local restaurants and spirit retailers. And for the first time, Sugar & Champagners participated in a “Cake Walk” auction, vying for five pet-tastic pastry confections (including one from Sticky Fingers Bakery, two-time winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”) Obviously, no one was ruffing it.
Accompanying the yips, yelps and human yapping, the event also honored some individuals for serving as animal advocates — and for their relentless support of the Humane Society — including Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, DC police officers Arthur Douglas, Jr. and John Carruthers, and WUSA9 reporter Matt Jablow.
*All photos credit Michael Woestehoff