Guests, friends and animal lovers gathered at Lucas Park Grill on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis for Wine and Whiskers, the 15th Annual Open Your Heart Gala held by the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres while browsing silent auction items. Also available over the course of the evening were food stations, a raffle drawing, a gift card frenzy, live auction, pet portraits and tarot card reading. Proceeds from the event help the MAAL to protect animals from abuse, neglect and inhumane treatment by facilitating the passage of animal welfare laws, defending existing laws, and working towards the effective enforcement of animal welfare laws.