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Gala promotes the work of Humane Society Calumet Area

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture students Aaron Strug and Samantha Gibson let out their inner animals at last year's Hair of the Dog Gala hosted by Humane Society Calumet Area. This year's event is set for Saturday in Merrillville.

MERRILLVILLE | Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you were a poodle or a Siamese cat?

Find out when Humane Society Calumet Area presents its unique fundraiser, the Hair of the Dog Gala, from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 81st Ave.

The annual event features an animal-themed hair and style show with work by Ben Mollin, star of reality TV show "Shear Genius" and owner of Ben Mollin Hair Education, and the students of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture's Highland campus.

Cosmetology and esthetics students will use their skills to transform one another into eccentric ‘animals’ and show off their talented work during a fashion show at the gala.

The evening also includes a silent auction, a wine tasting, beer samples from Three Floyds Brewing, a buffet dinner, a caricature artist drawing people and pets (guests should bring a photo of their pet), a cash bar and more.

“This is always one of the highlights of the year for our Highland students. It’s not only an opportunity for them to unleash their super-creative talents, but it’s in support of an important cause,” said Executive Director of Cosmetology Education Jill Marcodes, of Tricoci University.

Tickets are $65 for a single, $100 for a couple and $500 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets online, via mail by downloading a form at, or at one Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St., Munster, and the HSCA Paws Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland.

A limited number of seats will be available at the door as space allows.

Also this week, Humane Society Calumet Area’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic will recognize World Spay Day on Tuesday. An international campaign of The Humane Society of the U.S., Humane Society International and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, World Spay Day promotes the life-saving benefits of spay/neuter.

“Spay/neuter saves pets’ lives while lessening the burden on animal shelters and taxpayers,” said EMAC Clinic Director Sofia Perez in a news release. “We are inviting the public to sponsor the spay or neuter of at least one animal — their own, a friend or family member's, or a shelter animal awaiting adoption.”

Information about the benefits can be found at the clinic, 421 45th St., Munster. In 2014, EMAC helped prevent pet overpopulation by performing 2,622 spay/neuter surgeries.

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