The best-dressed pooches in the region will strut their stuff for one of the biggest Halloween kickoff events in the St. Louis area. The 4th annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade is a morning of fun for every member of your family.
The event is hosted by Project Restore, an Edwardsville organization dedicated to addressing education, clean water, and medical care issues in developing countries.
The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade includes raffles, giveaways and other family activities. It's free to watch the parade, and $15 in advance if you'd like to enter your pup into the parade/costume contest. The fee is $20 on the day of the event.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 12:30 p.m. in Joe Glik Park in Edwardsville. Dogs must remain leashed, have current vaccination tags and wear ID tags at all times. No puppies under four months old may enter. There will be prizes for Best Pooch Costume based on originality, creativity, behavior and theme with owners.
Proceeds from Howl-O-Ween will help Project Restore construct and equip and computer lab t the Nabitalo Senior Secondary School in Uganda, which serves more than 700 teenagers, many of whom were orphaned in the Sudanese Civil War.
"Computer classes are required by the Ugandan government, but they do no assist with the expense of the equipment," said Catherine Keck, executive director of Project Restore. "Almost all learning is done through textbooks with little hands-on training. By providing additional computers, we can bring more academic opportunities to these ambitious students and ensure they are better prepared for employment that can lift them out of overwhelming poverty."
The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade is sponsored by CKC Construction, RE/MAX Alliance, Kohl's, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Louer Facility Planning Inc.
For more information and to register, visit project-restore.org
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