2006-10-05 / Other News

Canarsie Lions Go To Dogs For Fundraiser

(Clockwise from top)Top three Olympian dogs-Shea, Bella and Jackson with owners and members of Lions; Shea and owner Kathy Gross won the "Non-athletic trick"for this feat; Baby Tropia earned the "Best Dressed"award; Brooklyn Canarsie Lions members show off facsimile of checks representing proceeds collected for upstate camp for the blind; (left)Olympics' top dog Shea and "Foxy Roxy," winner of best "Doggie/Owner dance".
(Clockwise from top)Top three Olympian dogs-Shea, Bella and Jackson with owners and members of Lions; Shea and owner Kathy Gross won the "Non-athletic trick"for this feat; Baby Tropia earned the "Best Dressed"award; Brooklyn Canarsie Lions members show off facsimile of checks representing proceeds collected for upstate camp for the blind; (left)Olympics' top dog Shea and "Foxy Roxy," winner of best "Doggie/Owner dance". When it comes to raising funds, the Brooklyn Canarsie Lions decided it was best to go to the dogs, and so, the organization held its first ever Doggie Olympics at Marine Park last Satur-day. All proceeds raised at the event will be used for a Lions-sponsored Vision Camp for Blind Children in upstate New York.

All in all about two dozen canines competed in more than 20 events, in-cluding a sprint and marathon, a frisbee catch and pounce, agility courses for large and small dogs, athletic and non-athletic tricks and high jumping, among others.

According to Lions representative Bryan Lee, the first Doggie Olympics was "an overwhelming success, therefore we will have our second one next year."

Lee said the event raised over $3,100 for the Lions' International Visions Camp. The money largely came from a variety of sponsors that contributed from $50 to $300 (Marty's Pharmacy).

Photos by Sharon Bennett/Text by Neil S. Friedman


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