Businesses unite to raise funds for GPAAS

Three businesses along Mack in Grosse Pointe Farms are about to go to the dogs — and cats — in.

Three businesses along Mack in Grosse Pointe Farms are about to go to the dogs — and cats — in support of the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.

Charvat the Florist, Village Locksmith and Salon Daniele will host a fundraiser noon to 3 pm Sunday, June 4, which includes a bake sale by local students, hot dogs, ice cream by Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, as well as auction items and raffles.

Adding to the mix this year is an animal adoption at each of the businesses — cats and kittens at Charvat, big dogs at Village Locksmith and little dogs at Salon Daniele.

“This is the first time we’re actually doing a full dog adoption along with the fundraiser,” said Corinne Martin, executive director of GPAAS and president of its board. “Normally we do adoptions at (Services for Older Citizens) on a Saturday. In lieu of that, we’re actually having an adoption event Sunday, June 4, where we’ll take over all three businesses.”

The event also includes visits from Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Officer Tim Harris and his K-9, Duke, as well as Harper Woods Officer Steven Johnson and his K-9, Kaiser.

In addition, Catherine Heffner, Willie Viarnes and Mike Petkwitz offer dog-training advice at Village Locksmith. Petkwitz, in particular, offers field dog training for hunting dogs.

A training seminar with Heffner and Viarnes is one of the auction items up for grabs, as are dog leashes, collars, treats and other pet-related items.

Charvat the Florist will donate sales of single-stem roses to GPAAS.

“We did it last year and it was fun,” said co-owner David Charvat. “We know a lot of people at GPAAS and we’re close with Corinne. Their mission is one we can support. Animals rely on us to survive and that’s why we do it.”

“It should be fun,” Martin said. “A lot of local people just walk up.

“We really appreciate the businesses putting themselves out to do this, especially on a Sunday — their only day off,” she continued.

Participation was a natural for Cindy Petkwitz, who regularly helps Martin and GPAAS.

“I thought it would be nice to see if we could get more money for the K-9 dogs in Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe. We’d like to make it more of a community event that’s held more than once a year.”

Charvat the Florist is located at 18590 Mack; Village Locksmith at 18554 Mack and Salon Daniele at 18546 Mack, all in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“We hope a lot of people show up and show support,” Charvat said. “We hope there’s a good turnout, some pets get adopted and we raise a few bucks for them.”

For more information, call (313) 884-1551.