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Winter Garden residents Robin and Paul Sanchez brought along Elroy to the gala.

BLACK TIE: Canine Companions for Independence’s 21st Annual Tales and Tails Gala

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Winter Garden residents Robin and Paul Sanchez brought along Elroy to the gala.

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Gala co-chairs Mary Jacobs, Paul Richards and Robin Sanchez cuddled with some canine companions for a photo.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Gala co-chairs Mary Jacobs, Paul Richards and Robin Sanchez cuddled with some canine companions for a photo.

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Brittany Gercken, Mary Jacobs, Paul Richards, Robin Sanchez and Kara Rountree posed in front of an ice sculpture for Tito’s Vodka.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Brittany Gercken, Mary Jacobs, Paul Richards, Robin Sanchez and Kara Rountree posed in front of an ice sculpture for Tito’s Vodka.

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Winter Garden residents Paul and Robin Sanchez, canine companion trainee Elroy and Debbie and Larry Cappleman love supporting Canine Companions for Independence.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Winter Garden residents Paul and Robin Sanchez, canine companion trainee Elroy and Debbie and Larry Cappleman love supporting Canine Companions for Independence.

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Amy Reynolds and Tracie Plott donned beautiful dresses for the occasion.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Amy Reynolds and Tracie Plott donned beautiful dresses for the occasion.

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Shelley Lampman and canine Benjamin demonstrated how the dogs can be trained to assist those with disabilities.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Shelley Lampman and canine Benjamin demonstrated how the dogs can be trained to assist those with disabilities.

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Megan Morris and Craig Mateer perused the silent auction items.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Megan Morris and Craig Mateer perused the silent auction items.

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Rose Douthit, Angela and Duane Meske and canine Huck were happy to be at the gala.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Rose Douthit, Angela and Duane Meske and canine Huck were happy to be at the gala.

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Kathy and Parker Ward brought along canine Denver to enjoy the evening.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Kathy and Parker Ward brought along canine Denver to enjoy the evening.

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Adele Moses, Ashton Roberts and canines Bodie and Annie loved meeting new people.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Adele Moses, Ashton Roberts and canines Bodie and Annie loved meeting new people.

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The silent auction was loaded with fun prizes, such as this collection of dog toys.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

The silent auction was loaded with fun prizes, such as this collection of dog toys.

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Cory and Brian Yanick enjoyed the cocktail hour.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Cory and Brian Yanick enjoyed the cocktail hour.

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Colorful fruit kebabs were available during cocktail hour.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Colorful fruit kebabs were available during cocktail hour.

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Joe Haughney, John McClain and Donald Ferro chatted as they attended the VIP reception.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Joe Haughney, John McClain and Donald Ferro chatted as they attended the VIP reception.

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Two of the dogs snuggled up and rested as their handlers chatted.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Two of the dogs snuggled up and rested as their handlers chatted.

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Mari McGaha and Tyler Kauff enjoyed a drink as they roamed the main hall.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Mari McGaha and Tyler Kauff enjoyed a drink as they roamed the main hall.

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Sharon and Tom Oliphant drove from the Tampa Bay area to attend the gala.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Sharon and Tom Oliphant drove from the Tampa Bay area to attend the gala.

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Robyn and Dave Baltar and Joe and Kate Haleski were happy to support Canine Companions for Independence.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Robyn and Dave Baltar and Joe and Kate Haleski were happy to support Canine Companions for Independence.

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Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr perused the silent auction before hitting the stage as the musical guests.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr perused the silent auction before hitting the stage as the musical guests.

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Volunteers Maria Tinajero, Kimberly Ponce and Stephanie Zak helped ensure the gala ran smoothly.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Volunteers Maria Tinajero, Kimberly Ponce and Stephanie Zak helped ensure the gala ran smoothly.

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Katelyn Martin and canine companion Dario took a sweet photo together.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Katelyn Martin and canine companion Dario took a sweet photo together.

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Cristina Saint-Blancard and canine Tatiana, Katelyn Martin and canine Dario, Melody Steele-Martin, Brittnay Dupont and canine Twister were all smiles at the gala.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 |

Cristina Saint-Blancard and canine Tatiana, Katelyn Martin and canine Dario, Melody Steele-Martin, Brittnay Dupont and canine Twister were all smiles at the gala.

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