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Emancipet’s 24th Anniversary Gala Gathered Hundreds of Austin Leaders and Pet Lovers

The Emancipet 24th Anniversary Gala raised critical funds for the nonprofit that provides affordable and accessible veterinary healthcare

Long-time KXAN Weatherman Jim Spencer emcee’d the evening.

Emancipet, the leading nonprofit provider of affordable and accessible veterinary healthcare in the US, hosted its 24th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at Austin’s Springdale Station. 

The festive evening include a cocktail reception with plentiful beverages poured by sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka along with a farm-to-table dinner provided by Eden East. Guests enjoyed music, pet caricatures, and a silent auction. Emmy Award-winning weather forecaster, Jim Spencer, emceed the event which included special programming about the future for this nonprofit.

Maren McFarlane, Senior Vice President of Development, Central Texas for Emancipet. “This event is a celebration of Emancipet and our supporters, and raises funds to support our mission.” 


Emancipet CEO Amy Mills hugging Liz Tucker. Liz Tucker and Eric Carville, Emancipet board members, were honored for for their outstanding commitment to making veterinary care accessible to all.


Pet caricature activation. Guests were able to show the artist a photo of their pet, where they created drawings like this.


Coco Coquette offered wigs for sale for guests.


Tattoo artists from Platinum Ink offered flash tattoos for guests.


Silent auction prize of a signed poster and guitar from the Black Pumas. This auction item went for over $1000.


Nathan and Lexi Knox are the filmakers behind the upcoming mini-documentary about Emancipet, “No Companion Left Behind.


Emancipet-branded tennis balls to bring home to the dogs.

Gala chair & sponsors

The Gala was Chaired by Missy Nichols who led a planning committee that included Glenn Achtemeier, Kristin & Josh Alexander, Vanessa Calabria, Angela Dorsey, Charlotte Ernst, Jessica Sanders, Gretchen & Daniel Scardino, Liz Tucker and Tracy Walsh. 

Emancipet’s 24th Anniversary Gala was presented by the Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation with additional sponsorships from Aquila Commercial, Cirrus Logic, FlexPoint Consulting, H-E-B, Integris and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Learn more about about this organization

Emancipet is a nonprofit organization on a mission to make veterinary care affordable and accessible for everyone. Emancipet clinics provide access to preventative care office exams, vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, heartworm treatments, dental and special surgeries, and more at low and discounted prices for those that need it most. Emancipet is able to offer its low cost veterinary care services for dogs and cats through the generous support of donors. For more information, visit