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Mardi Growl raises $50,000 for AWLA.

— Supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria celebrated their own version of Mardi Gras with the third annual “Mardi Growl” bash March 8 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“This is an incredible evening,” said former City Manager Vola Lawson, for whom the AWLA shelter building is named. “People are having so much fun. Each year it keeps getting better.”

Dubbed “MGIII,” the event attracted more than 350 supporters, many donning festive masks and feather boas, and raised $50,000 for the AWLA.

Catered by Jody Manor and Bittersweet Café, music for the evening was provided by N'awlins-style jazz band Blu Neffu, who kept the crowd on its feet.

Alexandria resident and ABC7 news anchor Alison Starling was emcee for the evening and Megan Webb was formally introduced as the new executive director for the AWLA.

“I am thrilled to be here,” said Webb, who arrived only hours earlier after driving from Oakland, Calif. to begin her new job. “Alexandria is a very special place and I am excited to work with so many people who are dedicated to caring for the animals of the community.”

For more information on the AWLA, visit www.alexandriaanimals.org.