THE WILMINGTON-BRAIDWOOD Relay for Life team is looking for canines to be featured in a fundraising calendar to benefit the American Cancer Society. The calendar effort will get a boost from the Chamber; the winner of its Hound Dog contest Saturday will get priority consideration for inclusion. Photo by Pam Monson
The participants in this year's Red Carpet Corridor Hound Dog contest will be considered for inclusion in a canine calendar supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The Wilmington-Braidwood Relay for Life team will publish the calendar as a fundraiser for the ACS. Photos of local dogs will be featured, surrounded by scenes that represent the character or events common to each month. There will also be opportunities to purchase days to "put on the dog," and have your four-legged friend pictured.
The Red Carpet Corridor festival takes place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. Thirteen communities on historic Route 66, from Joliet to Towanda, will celebrate their heritage on the Mother Road with flea markets, car shows, live entertainment and more. (See pages 8B and 9B for festival details) Wilmington's two days of fun are organized by the Chamber of Commerce.
The Hound Dog contest, a doggie costume contest with a hint of Elvis Presley, is a highlight on Saturday afternoon in Wilmington, and begins at 1:30. Owners can sign their dog up at the Chamber tent on North Water Street any time before 1 p.m., and should be at that location with their dogs by the start time.
The first place winner will take home $40 worth of Chamber gift certificates, good at any member retail business, and will be considered, with emphasis, for inclusion in the Bark for Life calendar. The second place winner will receive $30 in Chamber certificates and the third place winner takes home $20 in gift certificates.
All Hound Dog contest participants can have a free picture taken in front of the Wilmington Island Park District's green screen in the gazebo at Claire's Corner, with their owner's choice of local landmark backgrounds.
Dog owners who cannot participate in the contest but would like their pooches to be pictured have two options. They can buy a date for $20 and guarantee inclusion, or, they can submit a photo for consideration.
The Wilmington Island Park District, 147 N. Park St., Wilmington, IL 60481, will accept photo submissions. Submitters must include their name, address and daytime phone numbers. Local Relay for Life representatives will select the dogs they want to use, and arrange a photo shoot for the calendar shot.
With either option, the owner of the pictured pet gets a calendar.
Calendars will also be offered for sale locally.
"I can't believe how popular they are," said Carrie Robinette, a Wilmington resident and American Cancer Society senior income development representative.
Details about the calendar project will be available Saturday at the Wilmington-Braidwood Relay for Life table in Claire's Corner Park.
The calendar helps promote Bark for Life, Wilmington's first, which will be held Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the North Island Park. Bark for Life is a fundraising event that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions.
It will feature a dog walk, but there will be other fun activities in which to participate with your pooch. (Non dog owners are also welcome.) There is a $20 registration fee; registration is $30 on the day of the event.
All proceeds benefit the mission of the American Cancer Society.