The 2018 Barking Beauty Pageant raised more than $4200 for charity on Sunday, September 23. More than 100 attendees gathered at Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant in East Quogue. Proceeds benefit RSVP Animal Welfare and Rescue Group of Eastport and ART Dawg Scholarship Fund of Westhampton.
Founded in 2006, the Barking Beauty Pageant is the original beauty pageant event for dogs and has hosted several events in New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The pageant has earned thousands of dollars for all of its affiliated charities. The pageant allows 17 dogs to compete in Photogenic, Activewear, Glamourwear, and talent categories. The winners are then awarded sashes, medals, a spread in an upcoming coffee table book, and one lucky winner graces the cover of a 2019 calendar.
Veteran pageant winner and emcee, Leslie Kennedy hosted the event with her Yorkshire Terrier, Salli Sue. Overjoyed by the pageant’s turnout, Kennedy said, “This was the largest event we’ve held so far, and the most fun. The contestants really went all out with not only crazy costumes for their pups, but also for themselves. And what great talent!”