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Bell Tower’s first responder-themed Yappy Hour emphasizes pet, people safety

Canine cops, furry firefighters and pooch paramedics will be strolling the catwalk at Bell Tower’s next Yappy Hour on Aug. 9.

The theme for August’s pet-friendly event is “Paws up for First Responders,” a tribute to law enforcement, firefighters and EMS workers. Dog owners are encouraged to dress their pets in themed apparel, and for a $5 donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, dogs can participate in a costume contest for an opportunity to win prizes.

Deputy Chance, an abandoned dog whose story of neglect and survival made national news, also will be attending Yappy Hour. Chance is the official “spokesdog” for Deputy Dogs – Pets on Patrol, a new volunteer program asking pet owners to be law enforcement’s eyes and ears in the streets while walking their dogs. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be registering pets and their owners during Yappy Hour.

With safety as a focus at the event, experts also will be on hand offering tips to help keep pets safe during hurricanes and in the case of evacuation.

Bell Tower, Southwest Florida’s dog-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination, holds Yappy Hour on the second Friday of each month. The area’s largest pet-friendly social hour provides an evening of fun for pet-lovers and their four-legged friends, and visitors will have an opportunity to stop by dog-friendly sponsor stations and meet adoptable dogs from the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Yappy Hour runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Center Court, and is presented by Bell Tower, Gulf Coast Humane Society, 96.9 WINK FM and Deputy Dogs – Pets on Patrol. Yappy Hour is weather permitting. Follow Bell Tower Shops on social media for weather updates impacting special events.

DJ Robert McDonald will be providing Yappy Hour entertainment, and a bounce house, sidewalk chalk station and lawn games will be available for guests to enjoy. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will present beer and wine for the evening, with $1 from every happy hour draft beer and happy hour wine benefiting the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

To learn more about the event, visit BellTowerFortMyers.com or Facebook.com/BellTowerFortMyers.

About Bell Tower

Bell Tower is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Talbots, francesca’s and Ulta. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s, Society and World of Beer. Bell Tower also is home to Dave & Buster’s, The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit BellTowerFortMyers.com for more information.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a leading private real estate investment manager, developer, operator and service provider headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1992, the company’s reputation is built on the successful development, repositioning and redevelopment of commercial mixed-use assets in major gateway and emerging high-growth markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette partners with global institutional and private investors to achieve industry-leading investment performance across asset classes. In addition, the firm provides integrated management and leasing services to many of the most sophisticated institutional owners in the industry. On behalf of owners and investors, Madison Marquette provides insight, and often innovative incorporation of retail, that results in high-performing and unique real estate destinations that add long-term value to their communities. Current high-profile projects include The Wharf in Washington, D.C., the redevelopment of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey and Pacific Place in Seattle, WA. The firm covers major U.S. markets through its primary offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale.  Madison Marquette is a member of the Capital Guidance global group of companies. For more information, visit www.MadisonMarquette.com.

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