Rainy weather aptly welcomed all to Helper’s Main Street on Friday afternoon to celebrate the ending of summertime with this month’s First Friday, deemed Dog Days of Summer Are Over.
The event was largely dog-themed, with a costume contest, training sessions, a parade and trick contest. Many well-behaved pups accompanied their owners for the fun. However, this month’s theme was not the main focus of the evening. Many fundraisers were hosted during the evening for local Kenzlee Cook, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor around her brain stem.
In addition to businesses along Main Street, such as Three Little Llamas, which hosted a raffle for Cook, and Gagon Family Medicine, which set up a bake sale, there was a fundraiser booth found in front of the Balance Rock Eatery featuring candy and pink lemonade for purchase. Raffle tickets were also sold at the booth and donations were accepted. All profits from Bug and Bird Mercantile were also given to Cook and her family.
A dance party was then hosted inside the newly renovated Helper Events Center for $5 a person. Those that participated learned line dancing with Eric Sandoval and all proceeds also went to the Cook family.
Along with the community support for Cook, there was the opportunity for delicious food around every corner, crafts to make and enjoyment for all.