Cause for the Paws Event Exceeds Goals for the Gulf Coast Humane Society

April 25, 2014 CONRIC PR

Dress for Success Community Action Project raises funds, supplies and awareness

April Bordeaux , founder of Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida and mentor/member of the Professional Women’s Group is pleased to announce the “Yappy Hour Pawty” held on April 11, at the Bell Tower Shops Center Court raised $2,024 with numerous donated items given in the “Fill The Fountain” portion.  The funds raised and items donated benefited the Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS), a no-kill shelter.

This exciting event featured a “Dogs on the Catwalk” fashion show with winners Shelley Cahill and Roscoe for “Dressed for Success”, Rosa Mathews and Dakota for “Most Creative Costume” and Steve Signore and Bailey for “Miss Congeniality”.

In addition, four long-time residents of GCHS also walked the catwalk in hopes of finding a forever home during the “Diamonds in the Ruff” segment.  All four “Diamonds” Roscoe, Coda, Pancho and Colette were adopted on Saturday.

At our new forever homes!

At our new forever homes!

“Thank you so much to the over 300 people and their furry friends who attended the inaugural Cause for the Paws “Yappy Hour Pawty,” states April Bordeaux, founder of Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida.  “Your generosity in funds raised, gifts given and willingness to adopt a pet and not buy is amazing. Thank you especially to those that adopted our “Diamonds in the Ruff,” and for giving them a home and the love of a family!”

Love at first sight!

Love at first sight!


Visit or email for more information. Major sponsors includes the Professional Women’s Group of Dress for Success SW Florida, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Bell Tower Shops, Walmart and CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing.


The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) is a networking, job retention and professional development program that empowers employed Dress for Success SW Florida clients to aspire for self-defined success through motivation, mentoring, resources, training and partnership with professional women in the community. Membership is lifelong, free, and open to all Dress for Success clients who are working or in school.


Bordeaux was selected as the 2013-2014 delegate to represent PWG Worldwide with the Community Action Project, an annual project designed by Dress for Success Worldwide for the purpose of identifying a need in the community and positively affect the lives of a select group for the greater good. She chose to establish Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida to end the euthanization of healthy pets by educating the community about spay and neuter programs while inspiring people to adopt, not buy, their next furry family member. Bordeaux is Creative Director at CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing in Fort Myers.

About Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida:

Four to six million animals are euthanized in shelters across the nation each year. Almost 5000 animals are killed each year in Lee County alone. Only 20% of people adopt their pets. It is the belief of the founder of Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida, that together we can change these statistics through compassion, education and awareness. For more information, visit or email

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The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. There are 135 Dress for Success locations internationally focusing on providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring for women. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers, FL in the Pinebrook Plaza, email, call 239-689-4992 or visit


About the Dress for Success Community Action Project:

Each year Dress for Success selects a delegate to work on a ‘pay it forward’ project for the community. This year, April Bordeaux selected the Gulf Coast Humane Society by founding, “Cause for the Paws,” a project to share her passion by creating an inspirational program and event that changed the lives of pets and pet lovers. Last year, the Dress for Success SW Florida delegate selected a project to support After the Rain and the year before, Our Mother’s Home.

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