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Walk of Charities at Harbor Shops

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill in the Harbor Shops, Ft. Lauderdale (1900 Harbor Shops Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316), is known for great burgers and should be known for their big hearts!  Lenore Gilbert has invited Friends of Greyhounds to be their charity for the Walk of Charities on Thursday, December 1st.  She wanted a group with a lot of passion that would really stand out in this shopping center competition. Businesses in the Harbor Shops sponsor charities who compete for prize money.  There’s a “popular” prize of $1,000 and a Judges Choice award of $5,000.  There’s only about a dozen groups competing so FoG can certainly pull out all the stops for this.  We could REALLY use $6,000.  Check out the photos from last year at

There’s a nice patio-like sidewalk area and lots that we can do. Lenore is trying to find out the judges’ criteria so we can work with that.  We hope you will ALL find time on Thursday (12/1) between 6 pm & 9 pm to come down and maybe come earlier to help.

We’re thinking along the lines of a Santa Claus (Steve from Sheepdogs if he’s up to it – but he’s fighting a bad flu) but we need a big fancy chair for him.  We could do digital photos with Santa (including dogs) and email them to everyone.  Jerry wants all the dogs dressed as elves with jingle hats and collars so dig out that Christmas finery!  He’d also like to have someone do painted decorations on the windows.  Anyone have experience with this or know the right paints to use?  From what I read, I think they’re going to accent community commitment.  That could just mean how many people show up to support the group and I hope everyone will come out with the dogs.  But along that line, I was thinking of a display of about 6 “posters” or displays (?) with themes like the prison program, volunteer hours, From Track to homes, Therapy Dogs, etc.  Wanna help?  I’d like to put them together this weekend at the kennel.

Other ideas, décor, help of all types is encouraged.  We have a very short timeframe but a generous prize being dangled before our noses.  On Dasher (Bold Dash?), on Dancer (SK Dancing Queen), on Elvis (Bow Elvis) & Trixie (Cold B Big Truck)!!!  Santa’s crew’s got NUTTIN on FoG!  Let’s make this happen – a good time for a good cause!

This is the link to the event on Harbor Shop’s website.