Ties and Tails Gala

Nearly 600 guests – about 500 human, 70 canine – helped raise money Oct. 25 for the Humane Society of Charlotte at the Ties and Tails Gala at the Westin. The evening is Charlotte’s only black-tie-optional fundraiser to which guests can bring their dogs. It included cocktails, a pet parade, silent and live auctions, a band, dinner and dancing. Four-legged guests got extra-special treatment: their own concierges, who made sure they had plenty of water and outdoor breaks, and an on-site doggie massage therapist. It can be stressful being a VIP, especially amid all the paw-parazzi ...