As we start to return to normalcy, Franklin’s Friends is excited to present the eighth annual HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Walk-a-Thon and Canine Costume Contest at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry.
October 30, 2021
Franklin’s Friends hosted the 8th annual Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. - and the first ever hybrid version - on May 15. It was a fun, inspiring night and raised an amazing $112,000 for local animal welfare!
May 15, 2021
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As we start to return to normalcy, Franklin’s Friends is excited to present the eighth annual HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Walk-a-Thon and Canine Costume Contest on October 30, 2021 at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry. Please join us in raising money for local animal welfare!
We will have a dog walk, canine costume contest, adoptable dogs, pet-friendly vendors, music and much more! We expect over 500 animal lovers will come out and enjoy a morning of fun for the whole family. Denise Ryan from 98.9 WMMO's Morning Show will return to emcee. This will be an event not to be missed!
There will be fabulous prizes for top individual fundraisers, top team fundraisers and best costumes!
All proceeds benefit Franklin's Friends and local animal welfare.
Franklin’s Friends hosted the 8th annual Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. - and the first ever hybrid version - on May 15. The event was island themed this year so guests donned their resort wear and leis and came together (both in person and virtually) to support local animal welfare. It was a fun, inspiring night and raised an amazing $110,000!
WESH 2 News anchors Jason Guy and Michelle Imperato returned to emcee, and guests had the chance to bid on WESH2 meteorologist Tony Mainolfi pouring champagne for their table! The gala featured live and silent auctions, trivia and chat features, a face mask contest, inspirational videos, and Gus - one of the dogs that a Franklin's Friends grant helped to save - made a live appearance. 126 people attended the sold-out, in person version - outdoor, masked and socially distanced. Virtual ticket holders had a catered meal (complete with wine, vodka, and dessert) delivered and then joined the livestream!
Thank you to all our sponsors, attendees, donors, and volunteers. We could have never pulled off this hybrid event (with a fully virtual option and a safe in person) option without you! The local animal welfare community needs us now more than ever during this difficult time. Thank you for embracing the "new normal" and helping us to raise money for this important cause!
Make sure to save the date - May 7, 2022 - for next year's gala which we anticipate will be fully in person!
Click to view photos from the event!