Design + Build Event Benefits Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – Facings of America, Inc. is proud to host Design for Dogs, an annual fundraising event benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL). The event, now in its eighth year, will be held at Facings of America’s Scottsdale showroom on Friday, February 25, 2022. The festivities will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature delicious food, great music, local craft beer and wine tasting, as well as drinks made with Frankly Organic Vodka. The night will also include music, adoptable dogs looking for some ear scratches, raffle prizes, and plenty of puppy kisses.
The highlight of the evening is the doghouse design + build competition featuring amazing custom canine abodes that will be sold at silent auction. Sixteen professional design + build teams have been commissioned to design, build and donate a swanky pet palace to the Design for Dogs event. These teams are made up of creative professionals from some of the leading local interior design, architecture, engineering and custom home building firms in the Valley. All proceeds from the event benefit AAWL. Facings of America has donated more than $130,000 to AAWL through the Design for Dogs event since 2015.
The doghouse entries in the Design for Dogs design + build competition are like no other doghouses you’ve ever seen. Designs from previous competitions have featured solar rooftop gardens, LED lighting, retractable floors, recirculating water systems, solar powered fans, skylights and even heated flooring! Once complete, the doghouses are displayed at the Facings of America showroom during the week prior to the event.
The custom doghouses will be judged by a panel of notable names in the Valley, including designer Peter Deise, popular radio host “Lady La” and renowned tile designer and marketing guru for Lunada Bay Tile, Feras Irikat. J.R. Cardenas, the host of Su Vida, will be the Emcee for the night. The judges will award trophies for Best of Show, Second Place and Third Place. There will also be a People’s Choice award that will be given to the doghouse that receives the most votes from the public through online voting.
AAWL was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers led by Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty on the television program “Gunsmoke.” AAWL started out small scale, but by the late 1970s, the organization built its first shelter. Over the past 50 years, AAWL has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full-service animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior
training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs. Many of the animals that AAWL rescues come from rural shelters in Arizona, where animals are more likely to be euthanized due to the lack of resources to care for them.