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ANNUAL DOG WALK-A-THON SET FOR OCT. 11

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will host their third annual “Pups and Pucks” Fall Walk-a-Thon presented by BeeneGarter L.L.P. next Monday, Oct. 11 at Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, Mich.

Beginning at 5:45 p.m., Griffins players, coaches and front office staff will walk rescued dogs for pledges made by fans through firstgiving.org/grg. All animal lovers are encouraged to attend (with or without a dog to walk), to collect their own pledges and to enjoy a host of activities that begin at 4:30 p.m.:

• Live Music by Lew Russ – From 4:30-8:30 p.m.;
• BBQ – Provided by Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill between 4:30-8 p.m.;
• Hay Rides – Enjoy a hay ride around Mackenzie’s property from 5-8 p.m.;
• Puppy Pumpkin Decorating – Create a puppy face using paint, pumpkins and other fun materials;
• K-9 Costume Contest – Best-dressed dog wins a prize;
• Pet Experts and Vendors – A variety of animal professionals and pet vendors will be available to share information about their services and answer questions about your pet needs;
• Silent Auction – Features items ranging from team-signed Griffins jerseys, spa packages and Bissell vacuums, to celebrity-signed merchandise and local restaurant gift certificates;
• Caricature Artists – Get a caricature painted of you and your furry friend;
• Microchipping – From 5-7:30 p.m., have your dog microchipped for $20 with the “Home Again” anti-migration chip;
• Bake sale – Snack on a delicious treat or get one to take home;
• Petting Zoo – Fans are welcome to enjoy a petting zoo presented by Farm Animals on the Go!

Fans wishing to participate in the walk-a-thon are encouraged, but not required, to collect pledges for the event. For those unable to collect pledges, or those simply wanting to attend, there is a $10 entry fee per person. Children three and under are free.

Fans bringing a dog to walk must register their dog and present proof of healthcare and vaccinations. Early registration begins at 4:30 p.m., or fans can click here to download registration forms.

The event raised $15,000 during each of its first two years in support of Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, the Midwest’s largest no-kill sanctuary that is dedicated to providing a “home along the way” for dogs in need.


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