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Contact: Maureen Callahan
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Carmel Arts & Design District Goes to the Dogs
“Dog Day Afternoon” event to benefit Humane Society for Hamilton County

June 9, 2008

Carmel, Ind. – On Sunday, June 22, the Carmel Arts & Design District will extend a welcome to patrons of the four-footed variety.

From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on “Dog Day Afternoon,” a section of Range Line Road, north of the Main Street intersection will play host to events geared toward central Indiana’s favorite furry friends, and the people who love them.

The fundraiser for the Humane Society for Hamilton County will feature fun and informative activities, including a puppy parade fashion show, service dog demonstrations, micro-chipping, pet photography, dog agility shows, dog paw paintings, Silly Safari and a silent auction,

The silent auction – one of Dog Day Afternoon’s biggest draws – will put hot items, including boutique pet accessories, restaurant gift certificates, Coach merchandise, Carmel Symphony Orchestra tickets and fine leather goods from Dillon Rogers up for bid.

Pet-friendly vendors will also be on hand, offering specialty items like custom collars, pet attire and the latest in canine accommodations. Castleton’s Moochie & Co. will spotlight its innovative pet safety items, fashion and toys, while Carmel Arts & Design District’s own Sugar Buzz will be in attendance to promote its unique doggy dress-up parties for pooches.

But the showcase of the event is the first-annual Puppy Parade. With a $10 donation to the Humane Society for Hamilton County, the first 50 dogs entered can strut their stuff on Carmel’s own “catwalk.”  Puppy Parade participants will also receive 20 percent off dog apparel from Moochie & Co. at Castleton Square Mall.

Attendees can also enjoy the event without man’s best friend, by perusing the many galleries, design houses and stores in the Carmel Arts & Design District, or by experiencing a chic Joseph Ribkoff fashion show presented by Mary and Martha’s at 1:30 p.m.

“We think this event has something for everyone, but it’s an afternoon that pet lovers will especially enjoy,” said Sherry Mielke, Director of Finance for the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, Arts & Design District Office. “Not only do we get a chance to support the work of the Humane Society for Hamilton County, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ also provides an opportunity to introduce more people to the Carmel Arts & Design District.”

Although the event is free, all participants are required to register on the day of the event. The first 500 registered will receive a doggy bag of coupons and other items at the registration table. Pet owners are fully responsible for the behavior of their pets.

Parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking.

For more information about Carmel Arts & Design District events and a list of participating galleries, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com or call 317.571.ARTS.

 

 
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