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April 09, 2010 - 2nd Annual Project RUFFway--anyone need a friend??

What: Fundraiser for the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation/CSU Animal Cancer Center

Where: Mile High Station

When: Friday, April 9, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20 general admission; $100 VIP tickets; $5 "little pup" (children ages 6-17)

Beneficiary: to better the lives of our furry friends

EMCEE: Karen Leigh (News Anchor, CBS Channel 4) and George Peele

Founders: Heidi Granahl

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering

Sponsors: Denver Magazine, The Pet Food Courier, Raul's Salon, Wardrobe Works, Cooper Martin, Orange Peel Moses, 242 Collection, Chalk Racing, Gourmet Fine Catering, Table Mountain Animal Center

Menu: Mini pigs in a blanket, country cheese display, Italian meatballs, cheesy macaroni balls, dessert table with cookies, cupcakes, licorice, M & Ms, pastries

Attire: Business casual

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Mrs. Colorado Megan Yarberry brings up adoptable dog Madison.
Mrs. Colorado Megan Yarberry brings up adoptable dog Madison.

Rusty is a ball of energy who is so excited to be here--or anywhere--for that matter. He doesn't really realize that his owners had to be deployed and he is actually homeless. He just wants to wag his tail and get petted. Such is the story of altogether way too many dogs who end up just needing someone to care for them, and they provide so much love and companionship in return--it's a very good deal for both sides.

Rusty and eleven other dogs strutted their stuff at the second annual Project RUFFway. The headline for the event was: "The pup-arazzi will be in a fur-enzy," and were they ever. Hundreds of supporters for the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation and partners Table Mountain Animal Center and CSU Animal Cancer Center were out in full force to watch models strut down the runway with companions who seemed to love being the center of attention, and would love to be the center of someone's life.

Guests filled the trendy Mile High Station to peruse the great silent auction items, catch up with friends, and fill up with tasty morsels from Gourmet Fine Catering. But everyone was in great anticipation of the RUFFway show, and it did not disappoint. The 12 furry friends often walked past the stage and almost into the laps of audience members, looking for a pat on the head or perhaps that tasty leftover from the food table that went unnoticed.

The show and evening's proceeds go to help animals in need of adoption or in need of the state of the art care from the CSU Animal Cancer Center. Wherever you look, there are ways to help dogs who might not be able to talk, but are extraordinarily expressive in countless other ways.

The staggering statistics are these:

One in four dogs dies of cancer-- It is the number one killer of our canine friends, and accounts for half the deaths of dogs age 10 and older.
6 – 8 million cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters each year, and half of those are euthanized.
• Of the 1,880 animal cruelty cases reported to the media in 2007, dogs represented the most common victims (64.5%).

Project RUFFway and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation want to help.

The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation was started in 2007 by Heidi Ganahl, the CEO of Camp Bow Wow, a premiere national doggy day and overnight care franchise. The mission of the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is to promote the health and welfare of dogs worldwide by focusing on finding foster and lifetime homes for unwanted dogs, promoting humane education and treatment, and investing in research and treatment for dogs affected by illness and disease. For more infromation, log on to Please find it in your heart to find a place for these wonderful animals, who have so much love to give.




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