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RECAP: “Free Love” Luncheon for Emancipet

Monday’s “Free Love” luncheon benefiting Emancipet marked the 14th anniversary for Austin’s premier advocate of spaying and neutering pets. When it all began, who could have known that a sell-out crowd of 500 at the Four Seasons Austin would join them for lunch on beautiful sunny day?


Mary Herr Tally did…and so did Bobbi Topfer, Alex Winkleman and Armando Zambrano, all of whom served as co-chairs of the event. Pets are a calming factor in many people’s lives and provide boundless unconditional love, a lot of which was on display by the humans in attendance. A video showing the scope of services the organization provides brought this point home quite well, as did a screen with a running tally of animals who had been served by Emancipet.


Gorgeous centerpieces by Mandarin Flower Co. accompanied the light and healthy meal. Once again, the Four Seasons ballroom had a unique set up. This time a massive table of 50 ran nearly the length of the room, with typical rounds filling the rest of the space. A table of the scale befitting a group of supporters who care so deeply about our four-legged friends, one of whom found a new home this week after being fostered by Ms. Winkleman…and could now be seen on the arm of Ms. Tally!


* Photos courtesy of Stacey Harrell

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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