Jack Hanna’s Ambassador Cheetah Misi is so used to going to parties she doesn’t need her dog, Cash, to travel with her anymore to keep her from being startled. She owns the room the minute she walks into it. Dick Sias hosted the Meetah Cheetah party in his home this year to raise money for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. Founder and CEO Dr. Laurie Marker came from Namibia to attend, as did two international wildlife artists. D. Arthur Wilson, of artgonewildstudios.com, donated an original pastel on European Suede and a charcoal portrait done live of Misi, while she greeted guests. Successful British artist Layla Andrews, laylaandrews.com, came from London to donate a painting for the auction and attend the OKC event.
Next week: More photos from the gala by Fran Kozakowski and Misi’s story.