The Humane Society of Missouri’s Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals event drew more than 400 professional women for an evening of networking, tastings from St. Louis’ finest restaurants and a highly anticipated raffle of designer purses and shoes, all to help The Humane Society of Missouri investigate, heal and prevent animal abuse. In recognition of the tragic loss last July of a dear friend and benefactor, the Humane Society honored Janet Torrisi-Mokwa. In addition to her service on the Humane Society of Missouri Board of Directors and co-founding the Humane Society of Missouri’s Women’s Leadership Council, Jan also founded the Purses & Pumps for Pooches & Pals event, which has garnered nearly a million dollars over the years to help homeless animals. Co-chairs for the event were Judy Calhoun and Harika Fava. Honorary chairperson was Pam Nicholson.