RICHMOND - Stacy's Pink Posse hopes it's "barking" up the right tree as it prepares to hold "Bark for a Cure" on June 29, a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Led by Jamie Phillips, captain, Stacy's Pink Posse's 40-member team is the largest team participating in this year's Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society.
The relay kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville with survivors and their caregivers walking the opening lap. The relay continues until closing ceremonies at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
"Bark for a Cure" will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on June 29 at the Richmond Park, which is located on Park Street behind the former Richmond Elementary School. It's open to the public, not just individuals bringing "man's best friend."
Registration will begin at noon for individuals bringing dogs, which must be on a leash. The cost is $5 per dog, which includes a doggie bandanna, dog treat and a chance to win a variety of door prizes.
The fundraiser will include 5-by-7 pooch pictures for an additional cost; drawings for baskets; a 50-50 drawing; dog games; an agility course; and a contest to include the costumed dog that best reflect's the relay's theme this year, which is "I Relay - What's Your Superpower?"
Another attraction of "Bark for a Cure!" will be dog trainer Mark Kincaid, who will be on hand to field questions and offer suggestions.
The Jefferson County Animal Shelter also will have a presence at the fundraiser, where a variety of food will be available, including hot dogs, coney dogs, sloppy joes, chips, baked goods and beverages.
"Bring your dog for a wonderful day at the park and help us in our fight to find a cure in honor of Dr.. Stacy Davis, who lost her battle with cancer on May 2, 2012," reads a promotional flyer about the upcoming event.
Davis, a Bergholz resident who was 39 when she died, worked as a veterinarian at the Carrollton Animal Hospital and had organized "Bark for a Cure" fundraisers in Carroll County to benefit the ACS.
This is the first year for the event being held in Richmond, according to Phillips, who enjoyed a close friendship with Davis that spanned about 10 years.
Phillips said she participates in the relay in honor of her friendship with Davis and in hopes of a cure.
"I want to, in my lifetime, see them find a cure so no one else has to go through what she went through."
Questions about the fundraiser can be directed to Phillips at (740) 543-1468.
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