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Lily & Co. to host annual birthday bash for owners, their pets

By Staff | Mar 27, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Four-legged attendees are encouraged to dress for the costume contest.

Lily & Co. Jewelers has three reasons to celebrate: the birthdays of Angel, 10, and mascot Lily, 14, as well as the homecoming of puppy Jewel, who brings a little sparkle to the team.

The trio extends an invitation to the famous birthday bash on April 7 from noon to 4 p.m. under a big tent in the parking lot of Lily & Co. on Sanibel.

It will be an afternoon filled with food, fun activities and raising funds for a worthy cause – the Animal Refuge Center. The Fort Myers-based no-kill shelter is dedicated to finding loving homes for cats and dogs who have been spayed or neutered.

“It takes a supportive community for ARC to carry out its important mission,” Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. with Karen Bell – and proud owner of Angel and Jewel – said. “We are so excited to introduce Jewel, a cousin to Angel, and celebrate more than a decade of supporting ARC.”

Bike Bistro will have technicians giving roadside repair lessons and a variety of bicycles available for purchase. Morning Star Dog Training returns with tips for an obedient dog and Rafael Diaz returns with caricature drawings. Island Grooming will talk spa and styling for pets, while Coral Veterinary representatives will answer health questions.

PHOTO PROVIDED Lily's birthday bash supports the Animal Refuge Center.

Attendees can shop the Dog & Cat Fever Collection, as well as pet giftware by Mariposa.

There will also be raffle tickets for the chance to win a diamond dog bone pendant, valued at $900. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25 and may be purchased in advance at Lily & Co.

The Sanibel Catering Co. by Bailey’s will bake two cakes – one for pets and one for their owners – as well as grill hot dogs and serve up other treats. In addition, a pet costume contest will take place, with first, second and third place awarded to the best-dressed dogs; the judging will begin at 2:30 p.m.

“It will be a great birthday and welcome-home celebration, so mark you calendar and don’t forget your furry friend’s leash,” Schuyler said.

Lily & Co. is at 520 Tarpon Bay Road.