Karaoke to Raise Funds For Animal Adoption - But Please, No 'Who Let The Dogs Out'

True story: This morning I sign on to Gmail, where one of my girlfriends notices that I am active before 10 a.m. Yay, me. We chat a bit about random stuff and then she IMs, “are you going to the karaoke fundraiser tonight at barbara's pavillion?” at which point I think to myself, “I haven’t heard about it, deadline-deadline-deadline, tonight is 16-year-old dog sitting…” Then I read the event page and think, “Hopefully I can make it.”

It’s true. I do hope I can make it. The event is a small but seriously cool fund-raiser out of a series of fund-raisers hosted by Barbara’s Pavillion, Lee Harvey’s and The Petropolitan to raise money and awareness for dog and cat rescue/adoptions. (The full story/event release on how Bacon the dog came up with this fund-raising series is after the jump.) And yeah, it’s a good cause, but there’s also drink specials and karaoke games, so even the coal-hearted and animal h8rz can live it up and inadvertently earn some good karma. Local creative dynamos (and brothers) Erik and Ean Schuessler (if you ever went to an XPO Lounge [may it rest in peace] karaoke night, you may have been graced with a show by one or both of them) promise to once again kick out some unforgettable stunners, while Lee Harvey’s staff peeps (you know them, you tip them, you love them) will perform endearing feats of self-humiliation or shocking talent--you be the judge.

No, the Dog Daze of Summer Karaoke Fundraiser (its given name) isn’t a traditional live music rec for the DC-9 set, but trust me, it’s a good suggestion. Why not go let off some steam and try your vocal chords as the lead singer you never got to be? See how hard it really is to command a crowd … and a tip jar. C’mon, it’s fur charity (ba-dum-bum!). Fun starts at 8 p.m. at Barbara’s Pavilion, 325 Centre (214-941-2145). Pooch Prom comes up in September. We’ll speak again then.--Merritt Martin

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Dog Daze of Summer Karaoke will be held at Barbara’s Pavillion on Thursday, August 14, 2008. Admission is free. There will be drink specials and fun karaoke games. All proceeds for the karaoke games and performer tips go directly to the fundraiser. Local favorites – brothers Erik and Ean Schuessler will be special performers, along with folks from Lee Harvey’s including Phillip, Jacki and Kaz. The event begins at 8:00 p.m.

Lee Harvey’s will host a Pooch Prom on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. All dogs are welcome to attend and participate. All proceeds for the pooch prom go directly to the fundraiser. Lisa from Barbara’s Pavillion will be a prom chaperone and will be bringing her pooch, Piglet. Bacon Lee Harvey will escort Piglet to the prom. Each person that attends both events will receive a gift at the prom, provided by The Petropolitan. There will also be prizes and giveaways at both events from The Petropolitan and local sponsors.

This idea came about when Bacon from Lee Harvey’s & Lisa from Barbara’s Pavillion were hanging out together recently. “It is a little known fact that Bacon & I are pals and that Bacon is fond of belting out karaoke at the Pav and I am fond of drinking at Lee Harvey’s,” said Lisa Keith, bartender at Barbara’s Pavillion. “So recently we finished singing a duet (Atomic Dog), jumped offstage and began lamenting on the perils of animal rescue and came up with the benefit idea.” They then talked to Christopher “Uncle Chris” Watts of The Petropolitan and Phillip Jester of Lee Harvey's and the cross-event dream became reality.

Both events will be sponsored by The Petropolitan. “98% of cats and 88% of dogs relinquished to the city are euthanized each year," said Chris Watts, owner of The Petropolitan. “We need to do everything we can to ensure that these animals are the first choice animals when someone is looking for a companion. Rescue animals seem to understand they have been just that, rescued. From there the relationships flourish. Every rescue I’ve had has been the perfect companion.”

“In an additional effort to give back to my community,” Bacon said, “I have decided to combine my deep appreciation for fine cuisine and helping other animals by creating a cookbook. The proceeds of sales will benefit the SPCA of Dallas.” If you would like to help Bacon with his project, simply submit your favorite recipes to leeharveys@yahoo.com.

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