Lily & Co. Jewelers has three reasons to celebrate: Lily, Gracie and Angel.
The four-legged trio extends an invitation to their infamous birthday bash from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 under a big tent in the parking lot of Lily & Co. Jewelers, 520 Tarpon Rd. It will be a paws-itvely delightful afternoon filled with food, fun activities and raising funds for a very worthy cause.
Lily, Gracie and Angel, for the 11th year, are lending a helping paw to Fort Myers-based Animal Refuge Center (ARC). The no-kill shelter is dedicated to finding loving homes for cats and dogs who have been spayed or neutered. It was started by a group of individuals who, in 1988, came together with the vision of creating a positive solution to pet overpopulation.
“It takes a supportive community for ARC to carry out its important mission,” Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. and owner of Gracie, 14, and Angel, 9, said. “We are proud to celebrate our tenth year of making ARC the beneficiary of the girls’ birthday celebration, raising a record $18,000 last year.”
Lily the Labradoodle, who will turn 13 years old, is the company’s namesake and lends her brown curly style to its advertisements. “She has been a wonderful friend to me over the years,” said Karen Bell, Lily’s mother and co-owner of Lily & Co. “We are just delighted to be a part of helping ARC find wonderful friends for other dogs and cats.”
Coral Veterinary Clinic will return with its popular pooch kissing booth. Morning Star Dog Training will have tips for an obedient dog. Island Grooming will talk spa and styling for your pet and demos by Groomer Shabby. Sharon Schuyler, of J. McClaughlin, will have dog-themed summer fashions and Rafael Diez will return with caricature drawings.
There will be raffle prizes including a diamond dog bone pendant donated by KC Designs, a company that has been at the forefront of diamond fashion jewelry industry for more than three decades. High-quality diamonds in varying colors are the signature of KC Designs. From Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22, there will be a Spring Trunk Show inside the unique jewelery store.
“KC Designs collections are classic, and add to a woman’s natural beauty,” Schuyler said. “They masterfully create diamond pieces which compliment women of every style.”
Of course Lily, Gracie and Angel know a birthday celebration is never complete without two kinds of cake – one for the two-legged guests and pup cakes – with a cake-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s will be grilling hot dogs and serving other delicious treats for the human guests. The girls also invite their non-human friends to come dressed to the nines for a fabulous costume contest. First, second and third places will be awarded to the best-dressed pooch.
All prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m., following the cake cutting ceremony. “It will be a great weekend, so mark your calendar now,” Schuyler says.