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Rio Rancho Bark for Life event to raise money to fight cancer

Max the spotted hound dog will be a special guest during the Rio Rancho Bark for Life event on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of Bill Kitson)

Max the spotted hound dog will be a special guest during the Rio Rancho Bark for Life event on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of Bill Kitson)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Celebrate your canine companions while helping raise awareness and money for a worthy cause – the American Cancer Society’s fight against the disease – during the Rio Rancho Bark for Life event next Saturday, Oct. 24.

“The event is a fun-filled, three-hour event, including a morning walk with our dogs, engaging activities, entertainment and vendors,” organizers say.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd.

The event, now in its second year, is a community fundraising event for the American Cancer Society “that celebrates the unconditional love and support of our canine companions.” It was moved to a larger location this year due to its success last year, organizers say.

Along with the non-competitive walk for participants with or without dogs, the event includes a canine costume contest, fundraising and awareness, raffles, music and other entertainment, demonstrations, and fun and games, says event information. There will be dozens of booths.

Also featured will be special guest Max the spotted hound dog. “Max is a local personality and has his own children’s book, and has met with Mayor (Gregg) Hull, who is a big supporter of this event and will be participating in it,” say organizers. Hull is scheduled to open the event by reading a proclamation.

There will also be a raffle of a custom dog house donated by a local homebuilder. Raffle tickets are $10.

To register for Bark for Life in advance for $15, go to relayforlife.org/barkrioranchonm.

More event information also can be found at facebook.com/rioranchobarkforlife.

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