Humane Heroes Honored at 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

For LBB’s pictures and event coverage from last year’s sweet event, click here.

Washington D.C. – In the past year the Washington Humane Society’s Field Service Officers came to the aid of thousands of needy animals in the District.  Our staff of less than a dozen Officers responded to approximately 16,000 animal cruelty and control calls in 2010. These dedicated and hardworking humane heroes give abused animals a voice in our city.  WHS is honoring these cruelty crusaders and our Humane Educators at the 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair on Tuesday, February 1st at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC.

“These men and women care deeply care about ALL animals, and they are on the front lines in the District every day of the year. Their work is not easy, but their devotion to caring for and saving animals that have been neglected, abused, and/or abandoned is truly amazing. These Officers deserve to be thanked and honored for their tireless commitment and their contribution to people and animals of this community,” said Lisa LaFontaine, WHS President and CEO.

The 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair is being hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant.  This year’s event will treat attendees to confections and savory entrees from Marcel’s, Restaurant Eve, The Source, Rogue 24, Bastille, Cuba Libré and Zentan, among many other area restaurants, along with samplings from several of the City’s gourmet food trucks, including Red Hook Lobster, DC Slices, Capmac and DC Empanadas.

For a decade, said Ms. Gray, “It has been our pleasure to work year-round to ensure that Sugar & Champagne remains the year’s best known and must-attend, pet-friendly foodie event.”  She noted that Sugar & Champagne started in 2001 as a small fundraiser attended by about 50 people and that it now is a nationally known, signature event attracting participation by hundreds of guests, their pets and leading chefs, pastry chefs and restaurants.

Event tickets are $90 per person, including admission for the attendee’s dog.  VIP tickets are also available for $150 per person and include access to the Chef’s Tasting Room which features such chefs as Todd Gray of Equinox, David Varley of Bourbon Steak and RJ Cooper of Rouge 24.  Information, ticket purchases and a complete list of participating restaurants and VIP chefs are available at

Every dollar raised at this event will benefit our Animal Control, Humane Law Enforcement, and Humane Education departments. The event will also highlight our Humane Educators, who go into our inner city schools to teach students to treat all animals with compassion and respect.  At WHS we believe educating our youth will help prevent animal cruelty in the future.


Event: 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: The Ritz-Carlton 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Contact: Sabrina Fang, WHS Director of Marketing and Communications,, 202-683-1824 or 202-905-9978

The Washington Humane Society, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. As the only open-access shelter in the nation’s capital, no call for help goes unanswered, and no animal is ever turned away. The Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services.

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