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'Barking for Beauty' dog pageant in support of New Hope Center

Premier Home Care & Hospice has teamed up with PetCo and the Lamar County Humane Association to bring Paris the first ‘Barking for Beauty’ dog pageant in an effort to benefit those in the community that are experiencing homelessness.

Barking_for_Beauty_low res_logoThe dog pageant is a part of a series of events that are fundraising efforts for the New Hope Center of Paris homeless shelter, with each event raising funds for Premier Home Care & Hospice’s 2nd annual main event, the ‘Beauty is Ageless’ Senior Beauty Pageant.

‘Barking for Beauty’ will be on Saturday, May 17, from 1-5 p.m. at PetCo. Registration is $20 per dog and $10 for each additional dog, if entering more than one contestant. All dogs must be on a leash.

The dogs will be judged on five categories: best costume, owner-dog look-alike, people’s choice, best personality and overall. No one dog can win more than one category, and there will be prizes for 1st place in each. Every contestant will receive a ‘goody bag’ from PetCo, which will feature some great items or gift cards for you and your pet.

This event will be fun for the whole family, as there will be kids activities, such as a bounce house, face painting, games and more. The Lamar County Humane Association will have many dogs available for adoption, so if you need or want a dog, adopting is a great option, as all of these dogs are in need of a loving home.

Registration is open now for the event, so get your dog prepped and ready and go ahead and register by calling (903) 737-9010. You may also register on the day of the event from 12-12:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the rainout date for the event is the following Saturday, May 24.

Essentially, ‘Barking for Beauty’ is a fundraiser to raise funds for a larger fundraiser, ‘Beauty is Ageless’. In the end, all proceeds raised will go to the benefit of the New Hope Center.

Several contestants and their family and friends pose for a picture after the awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Sheriff Scott Cass. (Photo by Shelly Keller)
Several contestants and their family and friends pose for a picture after the awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Sheriff Scott Cass, at ‘Beauty is Ageless’ 2013. (Photo by Shelly Keller)

After the success of last year’s first ‘Beauty is Ageless’ senior beauty pageant, which featured 17 contestants, it became apparent to event coordinators that this year’s pageant was going to need to be even bigger and better.

“It was such a privilege and honor to be able to accomplish what we did last year with our first ‘Beauty is Ageless’ event,” CEO and owner of Premier Home Care & Hospice, Jeanna Smith, said. “It was rewarding, I think, for the contestants and us to see the success of the event and the joy of raising funds for the New Hope Center.”

The inaugural ‘Beauty is Ageless’ pageant — held at Celebrate It! and on Grandparents Day — gained a lot of support from the community, and according to Premier staff, accomplished exactly what they had designed it to: celebrate the lives and beauty of our elderly population, while giving back to the younger, less fortunate population that the New Hope Center serves.

With a crowd of over two hundred people, there was just under $3,000 raised at the inaugural pageant, which was used by the New Hope Center to furnish the bedrooms in their new shelter. Also, it was reported that at the event an anonymous individual wrote a $10,000 check to New Hope.

Since the first pageant was over max capacity at Celebrate It!, this year it will be held at the Love Civic Center. Although it will not be held at their venue, Celebrate It! will again be involved by providing all of the decor and arrangements this year, which will again be on Grandparents Day in September.

‘Beauty is Ageless’ was created by Premier Home Care & Hospice, which funds the event completely. In an attempt to help with raising funds and awareness, this year Premier has decided to do a series of events leading up to the senior pageant in September, such as ‘Barking for Beauty’ this month, as well as collaboration with Paris Community Theatre for a fundraising showing of ‘The Miss Firecraker Contest’ in June with a meet-n-greet wine and cheese reception after the play.

For more information call (903) 737-9010.

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