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Wayside Waifs: Fur Ball 2023 – Paws Vegas

Fur Ball 2023 – Paws Vegas, a benefit for Wayside Waifs, was held on May 13th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Joann Fuller and Forrest Cook and Margaret and Nick Davis served as the event co-chairs. Gary Lezak reprised his role as emcee – and was honored with the Animal Humanitarian Award. Accompanying Gary were his dogs, Sunny, a Wayside alum, and Rainbow. The festivities, described as “Furr-tabulous,” featured cocktails, silent and live auctions, a scrumptious dinner, and a program depicting the journey to a Waif’s forever home. Proceeds will support pet adoptions, youth education, canine training programs, and community programming. 

Susan and Rob Sight


An adorable pooch with Bobby Sight and Abigail Harlan


Nick and Margaret Davis, event co-chairs; Kathryn Mahoney, Wayside Waifs; and Joann Fuller and Forrest Cook, event co-chairs


(Front row) Brittany Horn, Kate Kinsella, Emily Piper, Megan Parn, Megan Ibarra, and Katie Swenson (back row) Jeff Horn, Andy Ellebrecht, AJ Kinsella, Nick Piper, Dominic Parn, Andy and Elisia Schindler, Matt Ibarra, and Josh Swenson


Sunny, a Wayside alum; and Rainbow led the way for Gary Lezak, emcee.


Showgirl Angelee, Ross Scimeca and Lauren McCarthy Scimeca, Ryan and Erika McCarthy, and Michelle and Patrick Donnelly, and Showgirl Faith


John Moffitt and John Brown


Tim Page and Dena Guyette


Hayden Newby, Rod Pemberton, Frank Newby, Bethany Salgado, and Cari Pemberton


Lyla Masters, Lydia Nebel, Aaron Weber, Dr. Mark Box, Showgirl Angelee, Katie Taylor, Drew Pastinack, Sarah Danforth, Lee Ann Taylor, and Showgirl Faith


Showgirl Angelee, Carol and Joe Suhor with Connie Faucheux, and Showgirl Faith


Jody Benyon, Jami and Fred Pryor, and Jami and John Waggoner


(Seated) Derron and Zina Moultrie, Margaret Bedwell, and Dr. Karen Shenoy (standing) Sean and Jeni Sloan, and Dianne and Randy Perkins


Michelle and Beau Bolden and Tim and Jenny MacDonald


A little sweetheart captivated Megan and Matt Ibarra.


Featured in the June 24, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Andrea Nigh Photography


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