Paws For A Cause & LU designers present a therapy dog fashion show

By Abi Brown – 1851 Staff

The School of Fashion has teamed up with Coordinator of the Pet Therapy Program Patti Betti to produce a therapy dog fashion show/fundraiser that will benefit the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Hospital And Medical Center in Burlington set for October 2020.

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Each therapy dog will walk the runway in a custom costume created by faculty and design students while assisted by co-coordinator and professor Jill Carey. Those students include sophomore Elise Stanbury, junior Jami Pelosi, senior Alexandra Doyle, senior Kathleen Politica, and sophomore Nicolas Brown. The pieces were also created by professor Gail Jauregui, her daughter Julia and professor Maritza Farrell. 

 The original date for the event has been postponed. It will now be held in October due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19. For now, the exact date will be determined closer to the event and the students that are involved from Lasell University will still be honored. The therapy dogs walking in the show are highly trained to be with all different kinds of patients that are receiving cancer treatment at the facility. They care for patients and their families in the ICU during stressful, and sometimes life-threatening situations, as well as providing stress-relief to the supporting hospital staff. 

Project Manager senior Haley Thompson said, “This project really opened my eyes to the wonderful things that dogs, and people can do. This was definitely a project that I am happy to have contributed towards. All of the designers, professors, contacts at the Lahey Hospital, and I came together to create something wonderful for a great cause.” 

There will be 18 dogs walking the runway accompanied by trained hospital personnel, who will be dressed in red-carpet attire. Professor Gail Jauregui described the whole experience: “besides being a great project for a great cause, all of these talented people came together to create something wonderful. It is always a treat to be fellow artists and makers. We feed off each other’s creative energy and that drives the quality and unique aspects of each piece.”


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