Pooches don their duds for the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade, a fundraiser for Edwardsville organization Project Restore.
EDWARDSVILLE — The region’s best-dressed pooches will strut their stuff Saturday, Oct. 15, for one of the area’s biggest Halloween kickoff events.
Project Restore, an Edwardsville organization dedicated to addressing education, clean water and medical care issues in developing countries, will host the second annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade.
Because of the event’s popularity, the parade has been moved from Dunlap Lake to Joe Glik Park, 710 E. Lake in Edwardsville, to accommodate longer routes and larger crowds. The event also features raffles, giveaways and other activities. It’s free to watch the parade and $20 to enter a pup in the parade and costume contest. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the parade at 10:30 a.m.
Dogs must remained leashed, have current rabies and vaccination tags, and wear identification tags at all times. No puppies younger than 4 months are allowed.
Proceeds will help Project Restore construct an in-patient dormitory at its Wakiso District Medical Clinic in Namulonge, Uganda.
“Wakiso is the only health care facility in its region, serving 52 villages and more than 53,000 patients,” Executive Director Catherine Keck said. “By building an in-patient center, the clinic can hire a full-time medical doctor and provide better care for patients with chronic conditions and injuries. And because Project Restore is 100 percent volunteer-based, all funds go directly to the clinic.”
The event is sponsored by Affiliated Insurance Agencies Inc., CKC Construction, Kohl’s, Laurie’s Place, Nicole Plegge Creative and Jim Reppell at Re/Max Alliance. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 781-4193.