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April 16, 2013

Groves student in the ‘doghouse’ to benefit Humane Society

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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Groves High School freshman Sophie Yauck is working to raise money for the Michigan Humane Society because she said she loves animals, like her two dogs, Buckethead, right, and Pugsley.

BIRMINGHAM — Groves High School freshman Sophie Yauck is in the doghouse — and her family couldn’t be prouder.

Yauck isn’t really in trouble. In fact, just the opposite. She’s working to raise money for the Michigan Humane Society leading up to the organization’s annual Bow Wow Brunch April 28.

The event, now in its 24th year, raises funds to provide lifesaving care to thousands of animals in metro Detroit. That’s exactly why Yauck, who lives in Birmingham, jumped at the chance to help support her four-legged neighbors.

“I have two dogs, and I’ve had dogs throughout my life,” said Yauck. “They’re just so cute, and I love them.”

This year’s brunch, presented by Compuware, will be held at the Dearborn Inn. Eli Zaret, the former voice of the Detroit Pistons, will welcome guests to brunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. with a champagne reception.

While most brunch guests will be busy sipping and snacking on tasty selections, Yauck, along with nine others, and even a few local celebrities, will be begging to get out of the doghouse. In the days leading up to the event, the MHS website is taking donations for each doghouse captive. Their goal is to raise $5,000 each in order to be “let out.”

Each doghouse fundraiser has a different MHS program he or she be working to support. Yauck is raising money for humane education, while Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, is leading the fundraising pack to support the pet food bank. Other familiar doghouse members include Fox 2 sports personality Jennifer Hammond, who is raising money for the Pets for Patriots program, and Les Gold, long-time pawnbroker and star of the television show “Hard Core Pawn,” who is working to support the animal rescue efforts. So far, no one has reached the $5,000 goal.

“The MHS has picked people from all over Michigan to be inside the doghouse, and I’m trying to raise money to bail myself out. Right now, I’m around $200,” said Yauck.

Local animal lovers can head to the Web to help set Yauck and her cohorts free, or they can purchase tickets to the brunch, itself. Tickets begin at $200, and for that price, guests will get the chance to indulge in a delicious meal and take a peek at fabulous live auction items, including sports tickets and unique finds like a breakfast date with the giraffes at the Detroit Zoo or a private dinner for 25 at Hudson’s Café. Bidders can even vie for a chance to have their own pet featured on the cover of the 2014 MHS calendar. More than 100 items will be up for bid.

Of course, for many headed to the Bow Wow Brunch, there is no prize quite as rewarding as knowing that their dollars are helping to save countless animals in their own backyard.

“The Michigan Humane Society provides tens of thousands of animals with care each year, and we can only do what we do with the support of this wonderful community,” said Cal Morgan, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society, in a prepared statement.

Tickets for the 24th annual Bow Wow Brunch can be reserved by calling (248) 283-5634 or visiting www.MichiganHumane.org. Donations can also be made to the doghouse fundraisers by visiting the website.

The Dearborn Inn is located at 20301 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.