Celebrity Paws Gala, Citizens for Animal Protection fundraiser, 1989 – 2007 As Chairman of the 1989 Gala, the challenge of a $500 decorating budget inspired some creative thinking. Judy Nichols enlisted ten top designers to create theme related booths, “Chateaux des Paws,” for each of the ten honorees. Individual raffle ticket sales determined which of the ten would be named Celebrity Pet of the Year. The raffle generated sales of $18,500 (up from $2,300 in 1988), contributing to a total of $137,000. With JN&A remaining at the helm, the 2007 event set a new record, approaching $900,000 with over 700 in attendance.