Fashion show goes to the dogs for two incredible causes
August 7, 2017
By Becky Bracken
This is no average tea party. Together, the Scott Foundation and Arizona Golden Rescue will hold the first annual Sir Barks A. Lot Fashion Paw Tea, featuring teens and dogs modeling the latest fashions to raise money for both nonprofits. It’s the kid- and dog-lovers event of the season, provided you can handle that much cuteness all at once.
According to Arizona Golden Rescue co-founder Deb Orwig, she and her counterpart at the Scott Foundation, Colleen Walski, came up with the idea for a combination fashion show, dog show and tea party as a way to get both the dogs from Arizona Golden Rescue and the foster teens the Scott Foundation is trying to help together to participate in a fun event to raise money and awareness.
The event will be held at Monterra at WestWorld on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m. and will be hosted by 12 News anchor Tram Mai, who recently adopted a 1-year-old Golden from AGR.
“The theme for the event is the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,’ so, of course, we will have a dog dressed as Alice, another dog as the Queen of Hearts, another as the Cheshire Cat, another as the White Rabbit and another as the Mad Hatter himself,” Orwig said.
“There will be a total of 38 dogs – 24 girls, 14 boys – modeling fashions in the show. Most of the dogs are Golden Retrievers or Golden mixes that have been rescued by Arizona Golden Rescue. The rest are dogs rescued from other sources but who own AGR members.”
Teens in foster care will be modeling fashions by Spiritual Gangster, according to Orwig. Seamstresses are working to create custom designs for the dogs, who will trot the catwalk along with the kids.
The Scott Foundation is dedicated to offering support to kids in the Arizona foster care system and will split the proceeds from the event with Arizona Golden Rescue. Orwig says, for her organization’s part, the money raised will go directly into the care of the animals rescued by AGR.
So far, Orwig said they’ve sold more than 200 of the available 300 tickets. In the meantime, preparations for the big event are underway.
“The only outfit within this theme finished so far is Alice’s “Dress Up for a Tea Party in Scottsdale” outfit – it will be worn by Shelby.”
Orwig and organizers also encourage attendees to don their most whimsical hats to keep with the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” theme.
Early bird tickets are $45 each before August 31 and $65 after that date. Tickets include a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffle, sweet treats, a flowing brunch, the most unique fashion show and more.
For more information on the event visit scott-foundation.org/fashion-paw-tea or call 480-868-9800.