C & G News: Pet costume contest to benefit Judson Center

Date: 
10/12/2016 - 1:15pm

Some pet owners like to take it a step further and dress their pets up as well, resulting in some fantastic costumes ranging from cute to impressive to just plain odd. Mike Palmer, the owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said people can show off those dressed-up dogs for the inaugural Pup Strut Costume Contest.

Dog owners can dress up their canine to compete for prizes both for both dog and owner.

The event, which costs $10, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Premier Pet Supply, located at 31215 Southfield Road. Registration for the event will begin at 3:30 p.m.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Palmer. “We will have a Halloween costume contest for the pets and a party. We’ll have …  a corn roast, and the Michigan Beer Growler Co. will be providing beer and soda for everyone. We’ll also have goodie bags for everyone who attends and prizes for the costume contest winners.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Judson Center, which works to help families and individuals who are living with autism and other neurological and psychological conditions.

“We worked with Mike Palmer, as he is on our marathon committee. He had volunteered for us before at our gala, and we had talked with him before regarding helping us through his business,” said Peggy Kerr, community relations and volunteer manager for the Judson Center. “Mike is very generous to the community and is very philanthropic. We were brainstorming ideas a while back, and we thought a parade and costume contest to bring awareness and raise a little bit of extra money for our autism program would be a good way to take action within the community.”

Kerr said the services of the Judson Center are crucial to many in southeast Michigan, and the organization couldn’t do it without the help of people like Palmer.

“The Judson Center provides shuttle services, autism programs, vocational services and mental health services,” said Kerr. “There really aren’t any other places in the community that offer this sort of help. We’re very excited for this event, and we’re sure people will have a great time.”

Palmer said he is excited for the event, and he believes there are many in the area who are looking forward to it as well.

“Over the years we’ve sold more and more pet costumes, and people seem to enjoy dressing their pets up as much as their kids,” laughed Palmer. “I also think people enjoy events where they get to go out and show off their pets. This is a fantastic opportunity to join us and have some fun while giving their pets a good way to socialize. It’s all for a good cause, so I think this will be a win-win for everyone.”

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