Froyo for a cause

The Toppings and Familiar Dog fundraiser will take place 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at Toppings.(Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Familiar Dog Grooming and Toppings Frozen Yogurt will be giving back to their community by hosting a fundraiser for their local Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC).

During this fundraiser, people are encouraged to buy items at Toppings, and in return, a percentage of profits made will go directly to ARC.

“This started last year as a way to help promote awareness of the animal shelter and of Toppings,” Liz Tomasek, owner of Familiar Dog Grooming, said. “We’re going to have a lot of people and dogs there to say hello.”

Since the fundraiser began last year, ARC manager Cynthia Glazier said she appreciates the money and items donated during this time to help with their “no-kill” shelter.

“I think it’s cool there’s a lot of individuals supporting our shelter,” Glazier said. “One of our biggest expenses are our vet bills.”

As well as money, people are welcome to bring in donations to this event. A list of accepted items can be found at arcofmecostacounty.com.

While Tomasek is looking forward to giving back to the community, Glazier is excited to see familiar faces.

“A lot of our ARC alumni show up with their people, looking happy and well-loved,” she said.

Glazier will be at the Froyo fundraiser with her two dogs, and looks forward to socializing with members in the Big Rapids community.

“We at ARC really appreciate the kindness and generosity of our community, especially Familiar Dog and Toppings for hosting this fundraiser,” Glazier said.

Those interested in attending or donating to the fundraiser can visit Toppings from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.

“Every little bit helps,” Tomasek said.

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