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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
City to Present Check to Animal Center
July 23, 2009 - The City will present a check from the proceeds from the 2009 Mardi Growl Dog Parade to the Young-Williams Animal Center on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street.

Joe Walsh, Director of the City of Knoxville’s Park’s and Recreation Department will present the check. Other speakers will include Tim Adams, Executive Director of the Young-Williams Animal Center and Deputy Director Kathy Darnell.

The date for the 2010 Mardi Growl will also be announced during the check ceremony.

Mardi Growl eventMore than 500 dogs, most wearing costumes, and roughly 1,000 of their human companions participated in the second annual Mardi Growl Dog Parade on Feb. 21, in downtown Knoxville.

With Rudy, a Labrador Retriever who portrayed Marley in the movie “Marley & Me,” leading the way as grand marshal the parade also included selection of a Mardi Growl Royal Court of festively costumed dogs.

The colorful parade raises awareness and funds for the Young-Williams Animal Center’s pet adoption efforts. The Mardi Growl was presented by PetSafe Village and Invisible Fence Brand and was produced by the City of Knoxville and the Young-Williams Animal Center.

This year’s event generated more than $6,000 for the center and led to several pet adoptions.
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