Franklin's Friends was excited to present the tenth annual
HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Walk-a-Thon and Canine Costume Contest at Cranes Roost Park. A record number of people and dogs came out for the fun and helped us to raise over $38,000!
October 21, 2023
Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte
We're in complete awe of our Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. Gala! We raised over $248,000 for animal welfare in Central Florida. We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate the event's 10th anniversary!
May 20, 2023
Winter Park Events Center
Franklin's Friends tenth annual HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Walk-a-Thon and Canine Costume Contest
was paw-some and spook-tacular! A record breaking crowd came out to enjoy the leisurely dog walk and doggie costume contest while raising money for Franklin's Friends and local animal welfare.
We had beautiful weather, lots of dogs in costumes, almost 70 vendors and rescue groups, music, raffles and more! WMMO's Denise Ryan (and her dog Rusty) returned to emcee. There was fierce competition for top fundraising and best costume prizes. And best of all we raised over $38,000 - with donations still coming in! These funds will be granted to local nonprofit and government agencies for Shelter/Rescue, Spay/Neuter, and Community Education projects.
Franklin's Friends celebrated the tenth anniversary of their "Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed." gala by raising a record $248,000! Over 250 supporters donned their cocktail attire and came together to support the cause. It was a magical evening to raise money for pets in Central Florida!
WESH2 news anchors Michelle Imperato and Jason Guy returned to emcee, and guests had the opportunity to bid on the chance to have WESH 2 chief meteorologist Tony Mainolfi pour a magnum of champagne for their table. The gala featured fabulous live and silent auctions, inspirational videos, raffles, a wine pull, and a guest appearance by Bali - one of the dogs that ADORE Pet Rescue was able to save due to a grant from Franklin's Friends.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, guests, auction item donors, and volunteers. The event was spectacular - and all proceeds will benefit local animal welfare!
Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for next year's "Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed." on May 18, 2024 at the Winter Park Events Center.