Animal lovers know that dogs can act as some of the best friends a person could ask for, providing constant and unconditional love. For Andrew Smith, a five-year-old boy from Seffner, a dog provides not only friendship but also as an alarm.
Andrew suffers from epilepsy and a specially trained dog would help alert his caregivers in the event of a seizure. DogFest 2011, a fundraiser event hosted by Aliquity, will help raise money that Andrew and his family need not only to get the trained dog but also attend a two week training seminar in Ohio. The family has help smaller fundraising events in the past but still needs to raise about $9,000.
Last year, DogFest brought several hundred people from the local community together in order to raise money for a great cause. People were also able to interact with local businesses, who helped sponsor the event. Around 700 people attended last year’s event and this year Aliquity anticipates an even bigger outcome from the community.
Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to bring their four-legged friends along for the fun. Owners can also sign their dogs up for contests like best costume, cutest dog, ugliest dog, talent and look-alike contest. The event will also have food, music, demonstration samples and raffle prizes.
Ron Waller, an Aliquity member and sponsor of DogFest through Waller Signature Reality, is very enthusiastic about Aliquity’s causes. “DogFest is a great event because it’s something that is fun for all ages. It’s an event that everyone can participate in and the money is going to a very worthy cause,” said Waller. “The organization holds events throughout the year that benefits both nonprofit charities as well as to people who may not be able to raise money on their own. Aliquity does a lot of really great things for the community.”
Aliquity is a nonprofit organization which raises money throughout the year to donate to a variety of charities. All donations to Aliquity are tax deductible. For more information about DogFest, visit www.aliquity.com and click on DogFest or call 230-4719.