May Fling helps raise money for SAVE-MTR

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - For ladies looking for a special night out or a fun event to attend over Mother's Day weekend, SAVE-Meant to Rescue (MTR) is hosting a May Fling on May 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the Sultana Theater.

Local businesses have partnered for the event, which will feature a fashion show by Boutique 66, hairstyling by Amanda's Beauty Box, a rescue dog parade with owners sharing how their pets were rescued, raffle prizes and a complimentary glass of champagne and tasty appetizers.

Tickets cost $10 per person and raffle tickets will be sold at the door for $1 each.

All proceeds from the event will go toward SAVE-MTR and wll be used to raise funds for future construction of a local animal shelter.

"We are helping to raise money for the rescue dogs," said Jill Johnston owner of Boutique 66. "All the proceeds from the ticket sales and the raffle will go toward the dog rescue,"

Johnston, who has helped host Girl's Night Out events in the past said they are hoping for a good turn out and based on Girl's Night Out attendance in the past, they believe this event will be well attended as well.

Their goal is to raise over $1,000 for SAVE-MTR.

"I think last year we raised $800 - $900 for the dog rescue," Johnston said. "This year we are trying to go over a thousand, if we can."

In the past Boutique 66 and other local businesses have partnered with SAVE-MTR for fundraisers, including a previous Girl's Night Out in October.

That Girl's Night Out featured a runway fashion show, DJ music, appetizers and champagne as well and Johnston said this time around they are planning to offer similar entertainment along with a special time of highlighting the rescued dogs.

"What we're doing this time around is, first we'll have the fashion show from the boutique and then we'll also bring some of the rescue dogs in and we will have their owners give a talk about what they went through to get the dog and how the dog's been doing since they've had it," she said. "The idea is that we will do a couple of the clothes models and then we'll bring out a dog and the owner will talk about their experience with the dog, kind of back and forth, we did that last year and it seemed to work out well."

In addition to the fashion show and rescue dog parade, Amanda's Beauty Box will offer hairstyling for those in attendance.

"She will have a couple of her chairs there and a couple of her gals so if they want to braid their hair or get spray (highlights) - she'll have a couple of different things they can do," Johnston said.

Clothing modeled during the event will be available for sale at Boutique 66 after the event.

"It's a girl's night out - just to come and socialize and mingle and to help out the dog rescue," Johnston said.

SAVE-MTR hopes to build an animal shelter in the near future - the organization has been fundraising for several years to raise money for the construction.

According to Johnston. partnering with SAVE-MTR and helping to fundraise for them is an opportunity to show them and rescue dog owners community support.

"All the dogs have been rescued and their owners will be there with them and we are just hoping to raise money for the rescue dogs," she said.

More information is available from SAVE-MTR founder Robynn Eckel at (928) 635-4726.

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