HOUSTON (January 18, 2023) – On Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., philanthropic animal lovers will play ball at Hotel ZaZa – Museum District for the annual Wags & Whiskers Brunch, benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Animeals program, which provides pet food, toys and preventative vet care to the pets of homebound seniors.

The “World Series Champs” themed event will feature a pet fashion show and silent auction and is hosted by Brunch Co-Chairs April Ayers and Heather Birdsall-Knowlan. Guests are invited to enjoy an inspiring program emceed by Casey Curry honoring longtime Animeals and Meals on Wheels donor Jim Sikorski. The event’s lead sponsor is Fred G. Marshall, who gives in loving memory of his wife Linda.

Guests can purchase a table for ten that includes additional benefits at the Hall of Fame, MVP, Grand Slam, Home Run, or Rookie levels to support Animeals. Sponsorships range from $2,500 to $25,000 and individual tickets are also available. Prepare to hit a home run by purchasing your tickets or table at https://www.imgh.org/events-wags. For more information, contact Kyra Thomas at kthomas@imgh.org or 713-533-4925. To be listed as a sponsor in the event program, please reserve your table by February 10, 2023.

Animeals was started more than 10 years ago when Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels drivers discovered that seniors were sharing their food with their beloved pets. Today, Animeals provides free pet food, toys, and preventative vet care for more than 1,000 dogs and cats.


A United Way partner, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County which delivers more than 1.7 million meals each year to homebound seniors and people with disabilities across five counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths; the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service, which establishes a positive and lasting impact on the Greater Houston community through organized service and leadership through Volunteer Houston and SERVE HOUSTON. For more information, visit https://www.imgh.org/.